USDA officials say their agencies are prepared to “utilize authority
and all administrative means” to ensure grading and inspection personnel are
available as impacts from the coronavirus unfold.
In a statement to the industry, Deputy Under Secretary for
Food Safety Mindy Brashears and Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory
Programs Greg Ibach say the agencies are committed to ensuring the health and
safety of their employees while still providing delivery of services to maintain
movement of the food supply.