Coronavirus Updates and Resources
Please check back often for new updates and resources.
2-1-1 Hotline- The hotline is administered by 2-1-1 Arizona and the Crisis Response Network and will offer an entry point to field questions and concerns from Arizona residents about COVID-19.
Resources for Dairy Farmers
- KCOE Isom– Resources and Webinars related to coronavirus information
- Families First Act– Spanish Version– Required to be posted in a conspicuous place
- Steps to implement on the farm to manage COVID-19
- National Milk Producers Federation
- Cornell CALS– Dairy prevention and preparedness web page
- IDFA Daily Updates
- Crisis Tips
Dairy Farm Employee Resources
- Self Certification letters for dairy employees to keep in vehicles traveling to and from work
- Alltech English/Spanish Info form and visitor screening
- Fact Sheet – English and Spanish for employees
UDA Statement on Coronavirus
As a leader in producing safe, healthy products, United Dairymen of Arizona takes the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak very seriously. We continue to monitor the situation daily and are following guidance from the Food and Drug Administration.
At this time, essential operations continue at our processing plant in Tempe. We are confident that the dairy products manufactured and processed at UDA are safe and wholesome, and the system in place to ensure the safety and integrity of dairy foods is working as intended.
Information from the FDA suggests:
- There is no evidence that this virus (SARS CoV-2) is present in domestic livestock, such as cattle.
- There is no information showing that the virus may be present in milk.
- In the event milk was contaminated, pasteurization is expected to inactivate the virus based on what is known about other coronaviruses.
Additionally, as a company, we have made changes to everyday operations to ensure the health and safety of our customers, employees, and vendors.
- Increased cleaning frequency in common areas
- Encouraged more frequent hand washing and sanitizing to all employees
- Installed more hand sanitizer stations in common areas
- Hung more information at handwashing stations
- Strict enforcement of sick policies
- Sending anyone (employee or visitors) home who may be exhibiting symptoms of a cold or flu
- Continued reminders that employees who are not feeling well should stay home
- All non-essential sales/visitors will not be allowed to visit the plant in person
- Employees who can work from home have been encouraged to do so
- All non-essential travel to conferences and meetings is canceled
Many of these practices are standard in food manufacturing facilities but we will continue communications to ensure all of our employees and stakeholders are informed.