Milling Industry Committed to Keeping Flour Available

March 20, 2020

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Milling Industry Committed to Keeping Flour Available
The milling industry is working to preserve the flour supply chain in North America during the novel coronavirus outbreak. Image courtesy of Pixabay

The North American Millers’ Association (NAMA), a trade group representing the wheat, corn, oat, and rye milling industries, released a statement on Thursday expressing the commitment of its member companies to keeping the flour supply chain running during the COVID-19 outbreak. 

“Flour and other grain-based foods are staples, and are essential, nutritious parts of the American diet,” NAMA President and CEO James McCarthy said, “and millers are taking a comprehensive approach to ensure the consistent delivery of safe, notorious and delicious flour and flour-based products to consumers in the US and throughout North America. The milling industry has faced emergencies and natural disasters before, and the milling industry will continue serving our communities each and every day.”

NAMA said its members are working with the White House Coronavirus Task Force and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to protect the food production system, along with other food and beverage companies. 

“Because of the nature of duties performed, most milling production workers do not work in continuous close proximity to one another,” NAMA’s statement said. “The milling industry is following CDC government guidance and taking additional steps to maximize the health and safety of our employees.”

Milling companies are implementing social distancing, providing additional health screenings, using additional safety gear and products, including masks, respirators, and sanitizers. Beyond that, NAMA members are also cleaning, deep cleaning, and using anti-viral cleansers more frequently.

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