COVID-19 Knowledge Hub

A message from our former Chief Executive, Jon Poole  

COVID-19 has changed all of our lives so fundamentally in so many ways. As well as the critical health concerns, it has brought into sharp focus the importance of food and, in particular, the availability of healthy and safe food through our very complex food supply chains. 

As with health, it is the science which must drive the decisions of Governments, the food sector and consumers over the coming weeks and IFST is uniquely placed to provide an independent source of reliable and practical information for all these perspectives. We have brought together a COVID-19 Advisory Group to help guide us in our work and thank them for the incredible voluntary input they are providing. I would also call upon all our members to input to our work in whatever form they can at this critical time. #foodheroes

Coronaviruses and COVID-19 Background 

COVID-19 is ‘the name of the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2; short for Coronavirus Disease 2019’.(Source: WHO), as opposed to the name of the virus itself.


IFST Coronavirus (COVID-19) - IFST Update | June 2020 
IFST Q&A on viruses, coronaviruses and their impact on food safety and food supply chains
IFST Guidance on Nutrition and COVID-19 Myths
IFST Guidance on COVID-19 and Loss of Smell and Taste
**Good Manufacturing Practice 7th Edition (GMP7) Chapter 21 - Cleaning and Sanitation
Webinar resources
IFST Webinar: Coronavirus: Food Safety Risk? (Part 1 - video)
IFST Webinar: Coronavirus: Food Safety Risk? Your Questions Answered (Part 2 - video)
IFST Webinar: Coronavirus: Food Safety Risk? Keeping You Up to Date (Part 3 - video)
Supporting your business...
Guidance for SME Food Operations
Guidance for Larger Food Operations
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Consumer Information
Home Education

IFST (UK) IFT (US) and SAAFoST (South Africa) International Collaboration

Our three well-respected organizations have joined forces to make available the most reliable, independent and practical COVID-19 guidance wherever you are in the world. Visit our websites to view our free resources specifically provided to help support businesses and consumers during these unprecedented times.

IFST Continuity During COVID-19 | For Members

IFST continue to actively engage with our members and wider stakeholders in these unique times. Whilst we have cancelled face-to-face meetings, our events have gone on-line, and our communities and special interest groups continue to meet through video conferencing. 


In response to the continuing COVID-19 crisis, IFST has set up an expert group to provide reliable information on technical issues raised by both consumers and the Food Industry.

IFST’s values include our commitment to provide independent, authoritative evidence-based science. 

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**Chapter 21, Food & Drink – Good Manufacturing Practice: A Guide to its Responsible Management, Seventh Edition. 9781119388449

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