SC Commissioner Hugh Weathers: COVID-19 and Food Supply

As South Carolinians come together to help stop the spread of COVID-19, Commissioner of Agriculture Hugh Weathers wants people to know that there is plenty of food
to weather the crisis.

  • That’s right Mike. Needless to say, we are living in unprecedented times. But we want everyone to know that South Carolina and our farmers and food producers are working diligently and will weather the crisis as we have done in the past.
  • As we monitor the crisis, we’ve reached out to farmers, grocery stores and other industry partners, and we have no concerns about their ability to continue supplying food to us all.
  • SC farmers will continue to grow food and the domestic transportation and retail infrastructure is well adapted to handle increased demand.
  • With that being said, I urge you all to be prepared, but not to hoard food or other products.
  • As for food safety, SCDA is not aware of any evidence suggesting COVID-19 can be transmitted by food or food packaging. However, it is always important to follow good hygiene practices when handling or preparing foods: wash hands and surfaces often, separate raw meat from other foods, cook to the right temperature, and refrigerate foods promptly.
  • In times of emergency, we must remember that we are part of a strong community, we’ve seen the resilience and generosity of South Carolinians during hurricanes, floods and tragedies, and we’ll see it as we fight the spread of the coronavirus.
  • SCDA is, and has been, a very effective agency operated as efficiently as possible for the people of South Carolina and we will continue to do so as we adapt to the trials and changes that come our way during this time