Leading figures in Delmarva’s agriculture and poultry industries are stressing the importance of maintaining the food supply chain in the midst of the coronavirus outbreak.
Delaware’s Agriculture Secretary Michael Scuse said Tuesday “It is extremely important that the entire vertically integrated chain of poultry production remain functioning at full capacity and that everyone in that chain is doing their part to assure chicken is available for purchase.” He continued “Of course, one vital part of that chain is the processing of the birds at our poultry processing plants. Workers are commended for what they do to feed our citizens and are encouraged to give extraordinary effort in these challenging times.”
Secretary Scuse also said “We have the most abundant, affordable, and safest food supply in the world, due to the invaluable contributions of everyone involved in food production. Their participation in feeding Delaware and America is essential.” He also stressed “During this difficult time, I want to offer encouragement to all our family farmers, producers, agribusinesses, wholesalers, distributors, consumers and the many other members of Delaware’s food supply chain in the state who are working hard to continue business as usual with minimal interruptions.”
Locally owned and operated Perdue Farms stressed to consumers that COVID-19 is not a food-borne pathogen and that their chicken will remain safe to consume.