What We Are Doing About COVID-19
All of us at Kelly’s Four Plus send sincere hopes that you are well and have adapted to the continuing coronavirus challenges with the appropriate steps and a strong spirit. Our family and team members are all well and we continue to exercise great care in our movements and social interactions.
We'd like to tell you what we are doing in response to this situation.
Still Baking and Still Shipping
Our business operations are continuing as normal, although at a higher volume of activity. Thank you! We are practicing "social distancing" amongst our team and when interacting with people who come to our facility for shipping or receiving. These visitors are limited in their access to a dedicated bay that is separate from our warehouse, kitchen, and office.
We continue to follow developments closely, paying particular attention to information from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as well as the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) for general guidance or any special matters directly relating to food manufacturing or distribution.
Food Safety and Personal Hygiene
In addition to our customary procedures for safe food handling and cleaning procedures for our equipment, we are maintaining added vigilance by starting each shift with a session to remind our team members of the need to practice high standards of personal hygiene at work and at home. We are following steps recommended by the CDC, including taking forehead temperatures at the start of each day, wearing of masks and gloves at all times, maintaining social distance (which we are able to accommodate with the layout of our space and food preparation process), mandatory hand washing at several points during the course of the normal work day, and frequent disinfectant cleaning of all work surfaces and door handles into and throughout our kitchen, warehouse, and office.
Transmission by Food or Food Packaging
We are also mindful of the various ingredients and packaging materials that we receive at our warehouse and of the products that we ship out directly to you or to stores. Fortunately for all of us consumers, the FDA reports:
“We are not aware of any reports at this time of human illnesses that suggest COVID-19 can be transmitted by food or food packaging.”
We also found some useful information in an FAQ posted by Stanford Health Care in Palo Alto CA, one of the leading hospitals currently developing diagnostic tests and seeking effective treatments, that we find particularly relevant for the ingredients and packaging materials that we receive:
“In general, because of poor survivability of these coronaviruses on surfaces, there is likely very low risk of spread from products or packaging that are shipped over a period of days or weeks at ambient temperatures.”
Break for Non-Essential Staff and Paid Sick Leave
If there is any change in the FDA or CDC guidance, we will act accordingly and immediately. In the meantime, we send sincerest wishes for your good health.
Cordy, Nate, Will, and the Four Plus Team