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COVID-19: Seafood Safety

COVID-19 Resources

Seafood Safety

Business Control and Prevention Checklist during COVID-19

Fishing Safety & Information: During Public Health Emergency
Louisiana Sea Grant, the LSU AgCenter and the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries have produced a handout for commercial seafood harvesters to consider when handling seafood. These suggested handling techniques will help provide confidence to seafood buyers at all levels of the supply chain. (Also available in Spanish.)

Good Manufacturing Practices 
Louisiana Sea Grant and LSU AgCenter have produced a series of videos for processors on Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs). These GMP regulations are required by federal law and for Seafood HACCP compliance, and focus on 8 sanitation control steps. While always important, following these GMPs in processing plants is more crucial than ever.

Hand Washing 101
Washing our hands is the best way to fight against germs and prevent foodborne illnesses. When washing our hands we can follow six simple steps to ensure that we are properly washing our hands.

Posters Promoting Grocery Store Customer, Employee Safety
The posters — four targeting customers and two aimed at employees — are available for free download on the AgCenter’s website. They feature graphics and brief text offering reminders to keep at least 6 feet away from other people and steps for disinfecting shopping carts and counters. They were developed by Louisiana Sea Grant seafood specialist Evelyn Watts and LSU AgCenter food safety specialist Wennie Xu.

Public Health Emergency Response for Retail Store Managers
Retail stores are normally densely populated, so there are plenty of opportunities for person-to-person contact among both employees and customers. Therefore, the managers of retail stores that remain open during public health emergencies must take extra precautions to prevent the virus from spreading.

Public Health Emergency Response for Seafood Processing Plants During COVID-19
Identify the high-risk areas in your processing plant with this fact sheet from Louisiana Sea Grant and the LSU AgCenter. (Also available in Spanish.)

Social Distancing Posters for Commercial Fishermen