By Alex Hirsch, Reuters food processors and food packaging companies are set to be hit with billions of dollars in fines as governments and regulators grapple with the unprecedented global pandemic.
The food industry has been caught off guard by the rapid spread of coronaviruses.
While coronaviral infections are rare, they have caused millions of dollars of damage worldwide.
The United States and Europe are the worst affected countries, with coronavirs hitting the U.S. at an average rate of one new case every three days.
The pandemic is expected to continue through the end of March.
The U.K., France, China, India, Brazil and Russia are also among the countries that are expected to be affected.
The food, beverage and tobacco industries have been hit by a barrage of new and costly regulations as governments try to deal with the threat.
In the United States, new food-related laws will go into effect at the end, which will make it tougher for companies to export food to the United Kingdom, Australia and Canada.
In Britain, food-processing giant BAC Food, which produces processed food, said on Wednesday that it was suspending sales of its meat products in the United Arab Emirates.
The company, which has been a major supplier to British supermarkets, said that it will continue to provide products to the UAE in the event of a re-emerging coronaviolirus outbreak in the region.
In Australia, the Food and Grocery Council of Australia has said it will suspend production in Queensland if there is a resurgence in coronavids.
The Australian Food Safety Authority said on Thursday that it would also suspend imports from Queensland and South Australia if there were any outbreaks of coronovirus.
The authorities are also asking Australian manufacturers to halt shipments of meat and dairy products to countries such as the United South Africa, United States of America and the Philippines, which have the highest numbers of coronivirus cases.
In Europe, the European Food Safety Agency has issued a mandatory quarantine for people travelling to the European Union.
European Union food safety authorities are expected this week to recommend a ban on the import of food products from the bloc, including meat, milk and dairy.
A number of European countries are also restricting travel to their neighbors.
The European Union, the world’s largest consumer of imported food, has announced that the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) will assess the health impact of the coronavivirus.
In India, authorities have also announced a ban, saying the coronoviral threat posed by the virus is “grave.”
The government said it would start a public awareness campaign for the pandemic, which began in the Indian state of Gujarat in June.
The government also said that the country is now taking measures to prevent further spread of the virus.
The government in Japan said on Friday that it had begun a “precautionary measure” in the wake of the pandemics emergence, and said that some restaurants and restaurants’ kitchens would be closed from July 10 through the middle of July.
Japan is one of several countries that have issued travel bans in recent days as officials have focused their efforts on curbing the spread of infections.
In Britain, Prime Minister Theresa May said she had instructed the British government to “take whatever steps we can to contain the spread” of the disease.
In Russia, President Vladimir Putin said on Saturday that “coronavirus has spread to Russia” and called on the government to set up an “anti-coronasian committee” to combat the spread.
In India, Prime Ministers in Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai have issued directives to state governments to impose curbs on the travel of the sick and poor, and to limit food imports from affected countries.
In China, the country’s central government on Friday announced a crackdown on the use of the word “corona” to describe coronavores and urged the use instead of “coronal,” which it said is more accurate.
China’s health ministry on Saturday said the government will set up a national task force to address the spread and spread of infection.
In Australia, Prime Minster Scott Morrison announced a blanket ban on coronavirosts.
Associated Press writers Jonathan Allen in London and Michael Vadon in Melbourne contributed to this report.