Food safety is of the utmost importance at Nelson-Jameson. Since the recent novel coronavirus (“COVID-19”) outbreak, Nelson-Jameson has been continuously monitoring the situation for updates. To date, the FDA has not made a formal statement connecting coronavirus with food ingredients imported from China. Currently, there are no reported cases of COVID-19 in the United States associated with imported goods.

Nelson-Jameson is working with our vendors that supply products from China, as well as other countries affected by outbreaks, for assurance that there is no risk to the product we sell to our customers. In addition, our Product Management team is working with vendors to keep the supply chain moving without interrupting our customers' business. Please be aware with a continuation of this pandemic, product allocations and shortages may be likely from both Nelson-Jameson and our vendors. Our teams are closely monitoring the effects on our overall supply chain to minimize disruptions where possible. 

Click here to read the official COVID-19 Statement from our Chairman of the Board, Adam Nelson.


Current inventory strain is being experienced on several products, but we continue to monitor and secure inventory to serve you. We are under allocation for these items but are committed to providing our core customers product to maintain operations.

As of , the following items are in allocation:

  • Aprons
  • Bathroom Cleaning Chemicals
  • Beard Covers
  • Centrifuge Tubes
  • Cleaning Accessories – Secondary Containers, Trigger Sprayers, and Bottles
  • Coveralls
  • Disinfectant Sprays
  • Disposable Gloves
  • Face Masks
  • Facial Tissue
  • General Janitorial Chemicals
  • Gowns
  • Hairnets/Bouffant Covers
  • Hand Sanitizers
  • Hand Soaps
  • Inoculating Loops
  • Lab Coats
  • Needles
  • Petri Dishes
  • Petrifilm
  • Pipet Tips
  • Puritain (Harwood) Swabs
  • Respirators
  • Serological Pipettes
  • Shoe & Boot Covers
  • Sleeve Protectors
  • Surface Sanitizers
  • Syringes
  • Toilet Tissue
  • Transfer Pipets

Supply Chain/Market Status

As your distribution partner, our priority is to maintain a pulse on the status of products and their availability in the market. Our goal is to be transparent in our findings, and communicate with our customers as to what we are seeing and experiencing, while working to provide options or alternatives if and when possible. Below are some current status comments regarding availability and market feedback.

Janitorial/Sanitation Products

Supply continues to become more available. Some SKU’s are still on allocation.


Due to raw material and component shortages and delays, lead times could be extended up to 17 weeks.

Trigger Sprayers

Supply is becoming more available for some SKUs. Substitutes are available.

Pleated Face Masks

Available to purchase, however the supply chain is strained. Substitutes are available. 

N95 Respirators

Select styles in stock and available.

Disposable Clothing

Many items are in stock and available to purchase, however the supply chain continues to be strained.


Select styles of footwear are experiencing 4-6 week lead times. 


3 to 5 mil nitrile gloves are more readily available in the market. The supply chain continues to be strained with 6 to 8 mil nitrile gloves, as well as the size 2XL. We continue to encourage qualifying substitutions and monitoring usage when possible.

Gallon Jug Pumps

Currently available to purchase, but some SKU’s are experiencing delays until the end of Q1 2021.

Pipet Tips

Pipet tips have a very limited availability at this time, especially filtered tips (which are used within the medical industry). Depending on size, we have found some unfiltered, sterile, or unsterile substitutes. If you are able to sterilize your own tips, the availability may be more accessible.

Sanitary Tubing

The tubing industry is going through a severe supply and demand crisis. This started in January when one of the main coil suppliers (ATI) announced they were getting out of the market by the end of this summer. This caused some panic ordering and buying from consumers within the industry. The other two steel mills, Outokumpo and NAS were caught in the fray as well.

This caused an immediate backlog of orders. Lead times also steadily increased as the mills tried to catch up. We have also seen 3 base price increases since January of this year. To top it off, ATI went on strike and haven't begun using their contingency manufacturing plans as yet.

 Lead times from our current manufacturers are 20-35 weeks.  

COVID-19 Essential Items Available

We have items available to help move your business forward including face masks, hand sanitizer, nitrile gloves, and more. Click here for additional information.

If you have specific questions pertaining to the products your company purchases from Nelson-Jameson, please contact your Account Manager or for more details.

Shipment Impacts

In the face of recent world events, all business aspects have been affected, including shipping. Nelson-Jameson recommends you follow your provided tracking number closely, and ensure you have personnel available to accept delivery.

If your company chooses to employ a contactless delivery, please monitor tracking to ensure delivered product is found, and if perishable, stored appropriately as soon as possible. Any changes to delivery addresses should be communicated to Nelson-Jameson at the time of your order to ensure our carriers have your most current information.

Should your shipment not arrive in the usual time frame, we apologize on behalf of our carriers, as we strive to do all we can for a timely delivery. At this time, we are asking that our customers to not refuse any deliveries. Please accept the delivery, place the product(s) in the appropriate required storage temperature, and contact Nelson-Jameson for further assistance.

Q & A

What is novel coronavirus (COVID-19)?

COVID-19 is a respiratory illness that is spread from person-to-person. Current symptoms reported have included mild to severe respiratory illness with fever, cough, and difficult breathing.

How can I prevent COVID-19?

The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to the virus. The CDC recommends everyday preventive actions such as:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then dispose of tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

Can I become sick with COVID-19 from food?

There is no evidence to suggest that food produced in the United States can transmit COVID-19. The FDA is unaware of any reports that suggest COVID-19 can be transmitted by food or food packaging. However, it is always important to follow good hygiene practices when handling or preparing foods, such as frequently washing hands and surfaces.

According to the CDC: ” Coronaviruses are generally thought to be spread from person-to-person through respiratory droplets. Currently there is no evidence to support transmission of COVID-19 associated with food. Before preparing or eating food, it is important to always wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds for general food safety. Throughout the day, wash your hands after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing, or going to the bathroom. “

How long does the virus survive on surfaces?

It is uncertain how long the virus that causes COVID-19 survives on surfaces, but it seems to behave like other coronaviruses. Studies suggest that coronaviruses may survive on surfaces anywhere from a few hours up to several days. Its life cycle may vary under differing conditions such as surface type and the temperature and/or humidity of the environment.

If you think a surface may be affected, clean it with a simple disinfectant to kill the virus. Clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer or wash them with soap and water.

Additional Resources

For Any Additional Questions –

Toolkit for Agricultural Businesses –

Cleaning & Disinfection Recommendations –

Dairy Processing Industry Guide –

Employee Health –

World Health Organization –





FDA Employee Health and Food Safety Checklist for Human Food Operations –