Truck Driver Hours Waived and Alternative to Restaurant Customers
**Under President Trump’s declared national emergency due to coronavirus COVID-19, the hours of service rules for truck drivers transporting emergency food supplies have been waived.
According to thepacker.com, it’s the first time they’ve been suspended since the rules were enacted in 1930.
The declaration covers “food for emergency restocking of stores,” as well as medical equipment, hand sanitizer, masks, and other items. The waiver remains in effect until midnight April 12 or sooner if President Trump terminates it.
**Temporary closures or reduced occupancy by restaurants, work-site cafeterias and other outlets have ripple effects to the farmers and companies that sell fruits, vegetables and meats to such food-service businesses.
Food wholesalers say they're working to find alternative customers for farm products.
Though sales at restaurants and institutional clients have declined, outlets that offer drive-through, pickup or delivery service have seen their business increase.
**The USDA is rising to meet the challenges associated with the new coronavirus disease, Covid-19.
agrimarketingcom reports, the USDA’s Food Safety and
Inspection Service, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service and Agricultural Marketing Service say they want to assure everyone that the agencies are committed to ensuring the health and safety of our employees while still providing timely delivery of the services to maintain the movement of America's food supply from farm to fork.