Interventions and compliance

How the response to COVID-19 reflects decades of retail food protection efforts

  • Girvin L. Liggans U.S. Food and Drug Administration (U.S. FDA) https://orcid.org/0000-0001-8291-8592
  • Devin K. Dutilly U.S. Food and Drug Administration (U.S. FDA) https://orcid.org/0000-0002-4541-734X
  • Komita J. Carrington-Liggans Baltimore City Health Department https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7084-7253
  • Mary B. Cartagena U.S. Food and Drug Administration (U.S. FDA)
  • Charles E. Idjagboro U.S. Food and Drug Administration (U.S. FDA)
  • Laurie B. Williams U.S. Food and Drug Administration (U.S. FDA)
  • Glenda R. Lewis U.S. Food and Drug Administration (U.S. FDA)
  • Mia B. Russell Johns Hopkins University
  • Veronica S. Moore U.S. Food and Drug Administration (U.S. FDA)
  • Robert Sudler, Jr. U.S. Food and Drug Administration (U.S. FDA)
Keywords: Retail Food Safety, COVID-19, Pandemic, Interventions, Compliance, Decision-making, Hurdle Approach, FDA Food Code, Face Coverings, Handwashing, Policy Debate

Abstract

Preventing the spread of infectious disease relies heavily upon the development and implementation of public health interventions. The requisite debate over the effectiveness of these interventions is accom­panied by discussions about which, if any, should be made mandatory. We contend that efforts to man­date interventions in the fight to prevent the spread of COVID-19 have clear similarities to the long­standing efforts to establish and promote retail food safety interventions. Specific similarities are that science is rarely the sole driver in deciding public health mandates and individuals’ responses to them, compliance is key but can be difficult to achieve, and the concurrent incorporation of two or more interventions is a barrier against poor compliance. As these factors have a direct effect on the success of public health mandates, understanding the role and relationships among them can aid government and public health officials in ongoing efforts to prevent foodborne illness and slow the spread of COVID-19.

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Author Biographies

Girvin L. Liggans, U.S. Food and Drug Administration (U.S. FDA)

Technical Lead, Retail Food Policy, Retail Food Protection Staff, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition

Devin K. Dutilly , U.S. Food and Drug Administration (U.S. FDA)

Consumer Safety Officer, Retail Food Protection Staff, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition

Komita J. Carrington-Liggans, Baltimore City Health Department

Environmental Health Supervisor

Mary B. Cartagena, U.S. Food and Drug Administration (U.S. FDA)

Team Lead, Retail Food Policy Team, Retail Food Protection Staff, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition

Charles E. Idjagboro, U.S. Food and Drug Administration (U.S. FDA)

Consumer Safety Officer, Retail Food Protection Staff, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition

Laurie B. Williams, U.S. Food and Drug Administration (U.S. FDA)

Consumer Safety Officer, Retail Food Protection Staff, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition

Glenda R. Lewis , U.S. Food and Drug Administration (U.S. FDA)

Director, Retail Food Protection Staff, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition

Mia B. Russell, Johns Hopkins University

Lecturer, Center of Leadership Education, Whiting School of Engineering

Veronica S. Moore, U.S. Food and Drug Administration (U.S. FDA)

Consumer Safety Officer, Retail Food Protection Staff, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition

Robert Sudler, Jr., U.S. Food and Drug Administration (U.S. FDA)

Consumer Safety Officer, Retail Food Protection Staff, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition

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Published
2020-11-02
How to Cite
Liggans, G., Dutilly, D., Carrington-Liggans, K., Cartagena, M., Idjagboro, C., Williams, L., Lewis, G., Russell, M., Moore, V., & Sudler, R. (2020). Interventions and compliance: How the response to COVID-19 reflects decades of retail food protection efforts. Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development, 10(1), 1–5. https://doi.org/10.5304/jafscd.2020.101.007
Section
Commentaries on COVID-19 and the Food System