At Blue Apron, the safety of our customers, employees and community is always our highest priority. Like so many of you, we’re closely monitoring COVID-19, also known as coronavirus.
We take food safety seriously. As an FDA-regulated food manufacturer, we follow a comprehensive food safety program at every step of our operation. We also hold an additional food safety certification under the Safe Quality Food (SQF) Food Safety Code, widely considered to be one of the most rigorous and comprehensive food safety standards in the world.
Under the strict food safety standards already in place, our fulfillment center employees are required to follow “Good Manufacturing Practices” (GMPs), which includes frequent hand washing and wearing appropriate protective equipment whenever they are in the production area.
Since the start of the pandemic, we have implemented a new cleaning and sanitation policy on top of existing safety and sanitation protocols. This enhanced policy focuses on increasing the frequency of cleaning, disinfecting high-touch areas, including areas like bathrooms and break rooms, and additional nightly cleaning and sanitizing of production equipment. These measures were specifically designed to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and are being implemented in addition to our existing food safety practices, which you can learn more about on our blog.
In the event that we have an employee who has tested positive for COVID-19, we have additional measures in place that include a deep cleaning of both work and common areas. We also directly notify our employees. If anyone reports to us that they are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 (or if they outwardly exhibit symptoms), they are prohibited from entering the fulfillment center, or if they are at a fulfillment center, they are immediately sent home. In this case, we conduct regular wellness checks with them while they are at home, and deploy targeted additional cleanings and enforce strict return to work protocols according to or in excess of applicable laws and CDC guidelines.
You can learn more about our comprehensive approach to food and employee safety in response to COVID-19 on our blog.
We also want to remind our customers to always wash your hands frequently when handling, preparing and serving food to your family.