COVID-19: ANAC working to address supply and communications challenges
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve, keeping up with rapidly changing government and business protocols is becoming increasingly challenging. ANAC has received a growing number of questions and concerns from members regarding potential ingredient and feed shortages as well as transportation and border issues. Several value chain stakeholders, including government and producer groups, have also requested specific information about the impact on the feed sector and the cost and availability of livestock feed.
In a letter to the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food on March 17th, ANAC highlighted our industry’s concerns related to potential raw material shortages and interruptions to the flow of ingredients and feed. The letter, describing effects of possible measures that might be implemented by the Canadian government related to COVID-19 as well as the anticipated impacts the pandemic could have on feeding Canada’s livestock, can be found on ANAC’s COVID-19 dedicated web page.
ANAC is in frequent communication with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada as well as the Canadian Food Inspection Agency to discuss the impacts of the current situation on feed mill inspections and regulations. We are emphasizing the importance that the feed industry be considered an essential service in the event the government mandates the closure of all “non-essential businesses”. More information will be communicated to members as it becomes available and decisions are made by government.
Additionally, ANAC has launched a crisis communication team to coordinate the feed industry’s communications related to COVID-19. Led by ANAC’s Executive Director, Melissa Dumont, the team consisting of the ANAC Executive Committee, will ensure factual, uniform, timely and consistent messaging from the commercial feed industry as it relates to COVID-19. Further information on ANAC’s crisis communication plan and the structure of the committee can be found on the ANAC website.
ANAC has also created a COVID-19 Advisory Committee, comprised of members from across the country and different segments of the feed value chain, that will meet regularly to update the crisis communication team on the status of the impacts of COVID-19 on the feed industry.
To assist ANAC in gathering and organizing information in one place so that all issues can be systematically addressed, members are encouraged to communicate potential feed supply chain concerns and other questions or concerns related to COVID-19 to My-Lien Bosch at firstname.lastname@example.org. For additional questions about the crisis communication initiative, the Advisory Committee, or if you have received request for information on the impact of COVID-19 on the feed industry, please contact Melissa Dumont at email@example.com.
Please do not hesitate to reach out to ANAC for support as we work through these challenging times.