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Essential Services Declaration for food industry will maintain BC’s food supply chain

Public Service Announcement – March 27, 2020

Essential Services Declaration for food industry

will maintain BC’s food supply chain.

 

Vancouver – B.C. Food & Beverage (BCFB) applauds the announcement by the BC government designating the food and beverage manufacturing sector as an essential service, which will offer more protection to secure food supply in BC. 

The announcement by the province comes after advocacy efforts made by BCFB and other industry groups, representing food, beverage and natural health product manufacturers in BC.

In a statement, James Donaldson, CEO of BCFB says, “Essential service designation for the food supply chain will assist in procuring sanitation supplies including hand sanitizers, masks, and other essentials that are needed to provide adequate protection for employees who cannot social distance at work. It also gives all staff clarity on their requirements to continue working during this crisis, to protect our food supply chain. We owe it to these employees to assure them that they are not risking their families or themselves by continuing to come to work. We need to fulfill our ethical and moral obligation to keep essential products on the shelves of grocery store and in homes. We thank these front line workers for their service during this time.

BC Food & Beverage is a not-for-profit organization representing all segments of the food, beverage and nutraceutical processing industry, and to coordinate common industry activities and resources under one umbrella. The Association represents micro, small, medium, and large processing companies in BC, and has more than 450 member companies. 

James Donaldson, CEO, BC Food & Beverage

 

Media Inquiries:

Tanya Tait

tanya@bcfb.ca

778 388 7973