The $2 trillion consumer packaged goods industry has sent a letter to the White House asking President Joe Biden to clarify certain issues in his recent COVID-19 vaccine order.
The trade group that represents consumer goods giants like Coca-Cola, Kellogg, and General Mills wants “immediate clarity” on the details of the order, which requires companies with 100 or more employees to mandate the vaccine or get tested weekly.
In the group’s letter, Consumer Brands Association CEO Geoff Freeman wants the government to “move quickly, anticipate challenges, promptly answer questions and partner with the private sector … [to] achieve our shared goal of increased vaccination rates.”
Among the questions, the group asked are the following: “What is considered documentation for proof of vaccination and how will booster doses be factored into compliance?”
“How does this mandate impact locations with collective bargaining agreements?” reads another question, along with, “Will waivers be allowed if essential employees’ absences or attrition cause significant disruption to the CPG supply chain?”
Sources said the letter was in response to the White House COVID-19 Action Plan last week, which said the Labor Department’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration is working on an emergency rule that will call for companies with 100 or more employees to mandate the vaccine or rollout a weekly testing regimen.