The Sustainable Food Policy Alliance wants the White House to prioritize COVID-19 testing for food and agriculture workers. 

The group sent the request in a letter to Vice President Mike Pence and Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue this week. 

The organization urges that food and agriculture workers, as part of an essential industry, be heightened in priority for expedited testing, personal protective equipment, and any other forthcoming treatment related to COVID-19. 

Members of the Alliance include Danone North America, Mars, Incorporated, Nestlé USA, and Unilever. 

The letter states that maintaining a strong and stable food supply chain depends on keeping food and agriculture workers, from farmers and ranchers to truckers to grocery store employees to food company employees, safe and healthy. 

The companies also highlighted the need for the federal government to work with states and local officials to ensure increased testing capacity for COVID-19 for agriculture and food supply chain workers.