Richard Forbes, CEO of the Independent Food Distributors of Australia (IFDA), has called on the government to urgently find a solution to Australia’s worsening supply crisis. With a lack of access to rapid antigen tests (RATs) among food distributors, putting deliveries for 1,500 hospitals and nursing homes at risk.
Much of the focus has been on ensuring supermarket shelves remain stocked. However, the role of food distributors who service hospitals, nursing homes and other institutional channels appear to have been overlooked.
“We welcome the move by the Prime Minister to convince states and territories to change the close contact isolation rules for those in the food supply chain, but this will amount to little if close contact workers cannot access RAT tests in order to do their work in warehouses or as truck drivers delivering food across state borders across the country to hospitals”, Richard states.
Richard is asking the government for priority access to tests so that food distributors can continue to provide food for some of the most vulnerable.
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