The North American Millers Association (NAMA) has taken the lead working with government agencies and industry alliances to ease the way for flour millers to continue producing food while keeping its employees safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Top staffers with NAMA outlined the association’s efforts April 9 in a webinar it sponsored along with Milling Journal magazine.
“Since the start of the pandemic in the United States a month ago, NAMA offices have been closed, and our staff has worked remotely,” said NAMA President and CEO Jim McCarthy.
“Yet we’ve continued to update our members to developments related to the pandemic on an almost daily basis.”
That started March 19, shortly after the federal government designated food and agriculture an “essential industry” that must remain in operation, even while millions of Americans are under orders to “shelter in place” in their homes.
The association issued a public statement that day to the media and general public.
“Our food supply remains safe,” Chris Clark, NAMA vice president-communications and administration, recounted.
“Our supply chains are working. The safety of our industry’s employees and the public are key.”
Among NAMA’s activities since then: