Update from March 19, 2020-
We are continuing to actively monitor and track COVID-19 related news in New York and around the country and world. As of now, the roastery is operational, the production facility is open and shipping services are operating as usual. We will continue to roast and ship coffee on a weekly basis.
In accordance with NY State Governor's mandate to have 75% of non-essential workforce work from home, we've moved all cupping and in-person meetings to be virtual.
Original message from March 12, 2020-
A brief message from Driftaway co-founder and co-CEO Suyog Mody.
Driftaway Coffee community:
On behalf of everyone at Driftaway Coffee, I want to offer our heartfelt wishes for peace and care during this difficult time. I also want to share updates and precautionary steps we are taking to protect the health and wellness at Driftaway for you and for our employees.
We are actively monitoring and tracking COVID-19 related news in New York and around the country and world. As of now, everything is working per normal schedule and we will continue to roast and ship coffee on a weekly basis.
Based on CDC guidance, we are requiring all employees that can to work from home as much as possible. For roasting and production employees, we are adding new measures for -
- We have increased the frequency and attention with which we sanitize our production space.
We are requiring all production employees wear gloves and face masks at all times during production.
We have implemented a protocol to require all production staff to sanitize or wash hands for 20 seconds with soap every hour.
We are using a modified cupping protocol.
Can COVID-19 be transmitted via shipped food products?
According to the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), food does not appear to serve as a source or transmission route for COVID-19.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) concludes:
“…In general, because of poor survivability of these coronaviruses on surfaces, there is likely very low risk of spread from food products or packaging that are shipped over a period of days or weeks at ambient, refrigerated, or frozen temperatures”.
It is advisable as always to follow Current Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP’s), including practicing good worker hygiene and following proper sanitation practices. This is in line with the FDA’s GMP regulations from “Current Good Manufacturing Practice, Hazard Analysis, and Risk Based Preventive Controls for Human Food” rule.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org