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  • December 13, 2019 9:28 AM | Amy Bonsell (Administrator)

    December 11, 2019

    Federal Register

    Food Safety and Inspection Service

    Notices

    Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposals, Submissions, and Approvals:

    Focus Group Research to Inform Consumer Food Safety Education and Outreach

    Filed on: 12/11/2019 at 8:45 am Scheduled Pub. Date: 12/12/2019

    FR Document:2019-26694 PDF 11 Pages (249 KB) Permalink

     

    FDA

    December 10, 2019 - FDA underscores that consumers should not use drugs, dietary supplements and devices recalled from Basic Reset and Biogenyx following consent decree for federal violations

    Warning Letters

    Posted Date

    Issue Date

    Company

    Issuing Office

    Subject

    12/10/2019

    11/20/2019

    Hill's Pet Nutrition Inc.

    Office of Human and Animal Foods Division II West

    Interstate Commerce/Food/Adulterated

    12/10/2019

    11/20/2019

    Prolifix Nutrition, LLC

    Office of Human and Animal Foods Division IV West

    CGMP/Manufacturing, Packaging, Labeling, or Holding Operations for Dietary Supplements/Adulterated

    12/10/2019

    11/22/2019

    Friendly's Manufacturing and Retail LLC

    Office of Human and Animal Food Operations East - Division 1

    CGMP/Food/Prepared, Packed or Held Under Insanitary Conditions/Adulterated

    12/10/2019

    11/18/2019

    Valley Proteins, Inc.

    Division of Human and Animal Food Operations East II (HAFE2)

    New Animal Drug/Adulterated

     

    FSIS

    Recalls

    Product Recalled

    Date of Recall

    119-2019 Ruiz Food Products, Inc. Recalls Frozen Sausage Breakfast Burrito Products due to Possible Foreign Matter Contamination

    Dec 10, 2019

     

    CVM

    FDA Releases Annual Summary Report on Antimicrobials Sold or Distributed in 2018 for Use in Food-Producing Animals

     

    USDA

    USDA Releases 2018 Annual Pesticide Data Program Summary

    Petitions

     

    National Academies

    Publications

    Innovations in the Food System: Exploring the Future of Food: Proceedings of a Workshop—in Brief

     

    CSPI

    FDA’s New Report on Antibiotics in Farm Animals Adds Urgency to Fight for Responsible Antibiotics Use

     

    @US_FDA

    • ·       Did you know that there’s an office at the FDA that conducts investigations of animal food-occurring outbreaks? Join us Dec. 12 for the FDA Grand Rounds to learn all about the Veterinary Laboratory Investigation and Response Network. Register here! https://go.usa.gov/xpRJx
    • ·       Federal health officials report 8 illnesses in 3 states caused by E. coli O157-H7, likely linked to Fresh Express Sunflower Crisp chopped salad kits. FDA is still investigating. We do not yet know if this is related to other ongoing outbreak investigations https://go.usa.gov/xpVyR

    @FDAfood

    • ·       Investigators working to identify factors that caused contamination. DO NOT EAT romaine lettuce grown in #Salinas, California growing region.
    • ·       #OUTBREAK UPDATE: #FDA, @CDCgov, working w/ Wisconsin @DHSWI & @widatcp to investigate multi-state outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 infections linked to romaine lettuce from Salinas. https://go.usa.gov/xppBG

    @FDAMedia

    • ·       FDA continues to investigate a multistate outbreak of hepatitis A linked to blackberries purchased between Sept. 9 & Sept. 30 from Fresh Thyme Farmers Market or Woodman’s Market in 11 states; @CDCgov reports an increase in the case count to 18. https://go.usa.gov/xpXWC
    • ·       FDA publishes the 2018 summary report on antimicrobials sold or distributed for use in food-producing animals @FDAanimalhealth. https://go.usa.gov/xppgJ  To help understand what the report means and how to interpret the data, check out our FAQs. https://go.usa.gov/xppgh

    @SecretarySonny

    @FDA_ORA

    • ·       Have you ever wondered how products are imported into the U.S., or what #imports are flagged from entry into the states? FDA’s job of protecting imports has increased 5-10 % annually for the last decade, and that % keeps rising. LEARN MORE: https://go.usa.gov/xpZjs

    December 12, 2019

    Federal Register

    Food Safety and Inspection Service

    Notices

    Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposals, Submissions, and Approvals:

    Small Meat Processor Study

    Filed on: 12/12/2019 at 8:45 am Scheduled Pub. Date: 12/13/2019

    FR Document:2019-26882 PDF  8 Pages (214 KB) Permalink

     

    FDA

    Recalls

    Date

    Brand

    Product Description

    Type

    Reason/Problem

    Company

    12/10/2019

    CATSMO LLC

    Cold Smoked Salmon (whole fillets and specialty cuts)

    Food & Beverages, Fish, Foodborne Illness

    Listeria monocytogenes

    CATSMO LLC

     

    AMS

    USDA Clarifies that Nicholas Allen Continues to Challenge his Responsibly Connected Status to Allens Inc. for PACA Violations

    USDA Restricts PACA Violators in California and Virginia from Operating in the Produce Industry

    USDA Issues Packers and Stockyards Complaint against Merle Olson, d.b.a. Olson Cattle Co.

     

    NAD

    NAD Finds Format of RXBAR Front Labels Not Misleading, Communicates Substantiated Claims about the Core Ingredients of an RXBAR

     

    Food and Water Watch

    USMCA is a New NAFTA and an Assault on Food, Air, and Water

     

    @SecretarySonny

    • ·       Sat down with the USA Poultry and Egg Export Council #USAPEEC this morning and discussed positive trade developments with #USMCA & poultry into China

    @­US_FDA

    • ·       Planning to buy your family and friends makeup or other cosmetics this holiday season? Be sure to check the ingredients before you buy. For cosmetics safety information and resources, visit: https://www.fda.gov/cosmetics

    @FDAfood

    • ·       #ICYMI FDA continues to investigate a multistate outbreak of #hepatitis A linked to #blackberries purchased between Sept. 9 & Sept. 30 from Fresh Thyme Farmers Market or Woodman’s Market in 11 states; @CDCgov reports an increase in the case count to 18.

    December 13, 2019

    FDA

    Statement on new findings and current status of the romaine lettuce E. coli O157:H7 outbreak investigation

     

    OMB:

    AGENCY: USDA-FNS

    RIN: 0584-AE72

    Status: Concluded

    TITLE: Streamlining Program Requirements and Improving Integrity in the Summer Food Service Program

    STAGE: Proposed Rule

    ECONOMICALLY SIGNIFICANT: No

    RECEIVED DATE: 09/05/2019

    LEGAL DEADLINE: None  

    ** COMPLETED: 12/12/2019

    COMPLETED ACTION: Consistent with Change

     

    NIH:

    Now Available: Winter Scoop Newsletter

     

    @FrankYiannsFDA

    • ·       Progress is being made, and the FDA is actively investigating other traceback leads identified to determine if we can triangulate a more precise location of the contamination. We will provide updates to the public as further information becomes available.
    • ·       Our investigation remains a complicated work in progress, and it is too soon to draw definitive conclusions. However, FDA, CDC and our state partners have identified a common grower between each of the outbreaks, which is a notable development.
    • ·       We’ve been tracking three separate outbreaks caused by three different strains of E. coli O157:H7.
    • ·       UPDATE: Today, #FDA is providing an update on our investigation of an outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 illnesses linked to romaine lettuce. https://bit.ly/2YGD0tK
    • ·       "While we can’t prevent every outbreak from happening, by sharing and learning from others, we can limit consumers’ exposure to pathogens." - @FrankYiannasFDA

    @SecretarySonny

    • ·       Visited the Costco Poultry Facility in Fremont, NE w/ @GovRicketts. It’s a modern facility w/ investments in tech & food safety, but I was most impressed by their commitment to the local economy through building a network of producers in the state & hiring workers from NE & IA.
    • ·       Our mission at USDA is to put our farmers first and to be the most efficient, effective, and customer service driven department. We do that by listening to what our customers have to say, and it was great to see what @FBNFarmers is doing to help amplify the stories of farmers.
    • ·       We’re seeing more & more the digitization of agriculture, so it’s vital to connect to a community that can be a reliable source of info. But it’s just as vital to share what’s worked for you & maybe what hasn’t. The practice of sharing data-driven info can help all producers.
    • ·       Farmers and producers are in a highly competitive market -- data analytics are key to survival. The @FBNFarmers' two main principles of “farmers first” and “transparency and fairness” help folks meet challenges head on through careful analysis and data driven farming.

    @FDACommissioner

    • ·       I am pleased to announce that Dr. Stephen M. Hahn has been confirmed as 24th Commissioner of Food & Drugs. As an experienced physician, published researcher & health care leader, I know he will successfully lead FDA in its critical task of protecting & promoting public health.

    @US_FDA

    • ·       Holiday dinner guests will be over before you know it. If you plan to serve hot foods in a slow cooker or warming tray, keep your food thermometer close by. Hot foods should be kept at an internal temperature 140 °F. This temp keeps bacteria at bay https://go.usa.gov/xpK6K 
    • ·       FDA is providing an update on the E. coli outbreaks linked to romaine lettuce from Salinas, CA. Illnesses are subsiding and we will continue to provide information from the investigation as it becomes available

    @FDAMedia

    • ·       ROMAINE UPDATE: Illnesses are subsiding, FDA continues to investigate and advise consumers to avoid romaine lettuce from Salinas, CA. FDA will continue to provide information as it becomes available

    @FDAFood

    • ·       FDA continues to recommend NOT EATING romaine if the label indicates the lettuce was grown in #Salinas
    • ·       To date, investigation efforts for all 3 outbreaks have indicated a common grower in Salinas. FDA, @CDCgov & state partners will conduct investigations at this farm. Washington: https://go.usa.gov/xpdfs  Fresh Express Sunflower Crisp Chopped Salad Kits
    • ·       FDA continues to investigate cause of E.coli outbreak linked to #romaine lettuce from #Salinas, CA. Plus investigating two other E. coli outbreaks linked to (1) romaine lettuce in Washington state & (2) Fresh Express Sunflower Crisp Chopped Salad Kits. http://go.usa.gov/xppBG

    @FDAHealthEquity


  • December 13, 2019 9:22 AM | Amy Bonsell (Administrator)

    December 9, 2019

    Federal Register

    Agricultural Marketing Service

    Notices

    Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposals, Submissions, and Approvals:

    Pistachios Grown in California, Arizona, and New Mexico

    Filed on: 12/09/2019 at 8:45 am Scheduled Pub. Date: 12/10/2019

    FR Document: 2019-26542  PDF 7 Pages (131 KB) Permalink

     

    FDA

    Salmonella Potentially Linked to Tailor Cut Produce Fruit Mix, Winter 2019

    Readout of Deputy Commissioner for Food Policy and Response Frank Yiannas’s visit to the Yuma produce growing region

    FDA Provides Flexibility for Start of Routine Inspections on Small Farms

    Recalls

    Date

    Brand

    Product Description

    Type

    Reason/Problem

    Company

    12/08/2019

    Tailor Cut Produce

    Fruit Luau

    Food & Beverages, Snack Food Item, Foodborne Illness

    Potential to be contaminated with Salmonella

    Tailor Cut Produce

    12/06/2019

    White Castle

    Frozen Cheeseburger and hamburger sliders

    Food & Beverages, Prepared Food, Foodborne Illness

    Potential Listeria monocytogenes contamination

    White Castle Frozen Food Division

    12/06/2019

    Truly Good Foods

    South of the Border nut mix

    Food & Beverages, Allergens, Snack Food Item

    Undeclared almond and soy

    Tropical Nut and Fruit Co.

     

    FSIS

    Dec 06, 2019 | PDF

    • FSIS Extends Comment Period for USCA Petition on Labeling Claims
    • FSIS Transitions to Using WGS Data from Salmonella Isolates to Determine Serotype
    • Tips for Faster Label Approval Process
    • FSIS Announces 2020 Rates for Providing Voluntary Services

     

    OMB

    AGENCY: USDA-NRCS

    RIN: 0578-AA68

    Status: Concluded

    TITLE:Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) Changes

    STAGE: Interim Final Rule

    ECONOMICALLY SIGNIFICANT: Yes

    RECEIVED DATE: 08/30/2019

    LEGAL DEADLINE: None  

    ** COMPLETED: 12/06/2019

    COMPLETED ACTION: Consistent with Change

     

    GAO

    Actions Needed to Improve FDA Oversight of Import Alert Removal Decisions

     

    @FrankYiannasFDA

    • ·        While millions of servings of fresh leafy greens are served safely everyday, more must be done in all growing regions. While we can’t prevent every outbreak, sharing & learning from others can limit consumers’ exposure to pathogens.
    • ·        Last week, I was able to visit the Yuma growing region. I saw firsthand that food safety is not a competitive issue. It was helpful to hear firsthand from growers about their 2018 romaine outbreak and the important actions taken to prevent reoccurrence https://go.usa.gov/xpmuk
    • ·        ALERT: FDA and the @PAHealthDept are investigating 31 cases of illnesses caused by Salmonella Javiana in PA w a possible link to fruit mix from Tailor Cut Produce of NJ, which has agreed to recall. We’ll continue to provide updates to the investigation https://go.usa.gov/xpyWG
    • ·        RT @LGMAnews: “The lessons we learned from last year’s outbreak in Yuma are proving valuable as we are investigating another outbreak associated with romaine from the Salinas, California growing region." -@FrankYiannasFDA
    • ·        #FDA In Brief: Here’s a readout of a visit I made this week to the Yuma produce growing region to meet with stakeholders & farmers. Food safety requires collaboration, sharing of best practices, & applying lessons learned.

    @FDAfood

    • ·        FDA/CDC issued advisory 11/22 warning consumers to not eat any romaine lettuce grown in the Salinas area; industry initiated a voluntary withdrawal of romaine harvested from the region. Romaine lettuce from Salinas should no longer be in commerce, but advisory remains in effect.
    • ·        FDA is aware of this recall traced to Salinas, California and is working with Canadian authorities on their outbreak investigation. Do not eat this product if you have it. http://ift.tt/2sTwRP6
    • ·        Bacteria can be lurking in uncooked flour . Handle flour wisely by following these safety steps. https://go.usa.gov/xpnHU

    @FDARecalls

    • ·        Tailor Cut Produce Recalls Cut Fruit Mix Because of Possible Health Risk https://go.usa.gov/xpVgM
    • ·        White Castle Frozen Food Division Announces Voluntary Recall of a Limited Production of Frozen Sandwiches Sold in Select Grocery Outlets Due to Possible Presence of Listeria Monocytogenes https://go.usa.gov/xpVgK
    • ·        Tropical Nut and Fruit Co. Issues Allergy Alert of Undeclared Soy and Tree Nut (Almonds) on Their Truly Good Foods South of the Border Mix https://go.usa.gov/xpVgD

    @FDA_ORA

    • ·        The FDA is providing flexibility for when states may begin conducting routine inspections of small farms, other than sprouts operations, under the Food Safety Modernization Act (#FSMA) #ProduceSafetyRule. LEARN MORE: https://go.usa.gov/xpyrd

    @SecretarySonny

    • ·        Tune in the first Friday of every month to hear from me, from USDA or out in the country, talking to my guests about the issues facing American #agriculture today. https://www.usda.gov/sonnyside

    December 10, 2019

    Federal Register

    Environmental Protection Agency

    Notices

    Pesticide Product Registration:

    Applications for New Uses

    Filed on: 12/10/2019 at 8:45 am Scheduled Pub. Date: 12/11/2019

    FR Document:2019-26670 PDF 6 Pages (91.9 KB) Permalink

     

    FDA

    E. coli O157:H7 Outbreak Linked to Salad Mix, November 2019

    Salmonella Potentially Linked to Tailor Cut Produce Fruit Mix, Winter 2019

     

    AMS

    USDA Issues Packers and Stockyards Complaint Against Mike Perschbacher

     

    FTC

    Closing Letter to Mr. Michael Muhlbaier, President for Spaghetti Engineering Corp., DBA DIGI-TAILS (43.72 KB) (Made in USA)

    Closing Letter to Steve Dean, Owner/President of Sports Addix LLC, DBA Addix and Addix Sportswear (45.4 KB) (Made in USA)

    FTC Sending Refund Checks to Consumers Allegedly Misled by “Free” Trial Offers for UrthBox Snack Boxes

     

    @FrankYiannasFDA

    • ·       ALERT: FDA, CDC, State, & Canadian partners are investigating an outbreak in the U.S. & Canada caused by E. coli O157:H7. Epidemiologic information indicates that Fresh Express brand Sunflower Crisp Chopped Salad Kits are a likely source of this outbreak. https://bit.ly/347QEHo
    • ·       Consumers should not eat Fresh Express brand Sunflower Crisp Chopped Salad Kits with UPC 0 71279 30906 4, beginning with lot code Z, and a best before date up to and including 07DEC19.
    • ·       Preliminary info indicates romaine lettuce in the salad kits eaten by some sick people may have contained romaine from Salinas growing region, though the romaine & other ingredients in the kit may have come from another growing region as well. Updates as investigation proceeds.

    @US-FDA

    • ·       RECALL: FDA continues to investigate 33 cases of illnesses from Salmonella Javiana discovered at several PA facilities. Consumers in NY, NJ, and PA should discard or return recalled product from Taylor Cut Produce. Retailers should check their supplier. https://go.usa.gov/xpVEj

    @FDAfood

    • ·       Suppliers & Distributors: Those in the supply chain DO NOT SHIP or sell Fresh Express brand Sunflower Crisp Chopped Salad Kits with UPC 0 71279 30906 4, beginning with lot code Z, and a best before date up to and including 07DEC19
    • ·       Restaurants & Retailers: DO NOT SERVE or sell Fresh Express brand Sunflower Crisp Chopped Salad Kits with UPC 0 71279 30906 4, beginning with lot code Z, and a best before date up to and including 07DEC19
    • ·       Consumers: DO NOT EAT Fresh Express brand Sunflower Crisp Chopped Salad Kits UPC 0 71279 30906 4, beginning with lot code Z, and a best before date up to and including 07DEC19. Consult your healthcare provider if you develop symptoms that resemble an E. coli infection.
    • ·       NEW #OUTBREAK: FDA, @CDCgov, U.S. state health authorities & @InspectionCAN are investigating an outbreak of illnesses caused by E. coli O157:H7. Fresh Express brand Sunflower Crisp Chopped Salad Kits are a likely source of this outbreak.
    • ·       DYK - Fresh #eggs, even those with clean, uncracked shells, may contain bacteria called #Salmonella that can cause foodborne illness aka food poisoning. Learn more about egg safety here >> https://go.usa.gov/xpV5q
    • ·       #RECALL possible Listeria - check your freezer for Best Buy dates between 04 Aug 2020 to 17 Aug 2020

    @SecretarySonny

    • ·       RT @AjitPaiFCC: #Precisionag is transforming America's farms and ranches. That means more demand for connectivity. Enjoyed kicking off Precision Agriculture Task Force today! It'll help connect rural areas in order to boost productivity, save costs, and deliver better, cheaper food to consumers.


  • December 06, 2019 1:12 PM | Amy Bonsell (Administrator)

    December 5, 2019

    Dockets Management Staff (HFA-305)
    Food and Drug Administration
    5630 Fishers Lane, Room 1061
    Rockville, MD 20852

    Re: A New Era of Smarter Food Safety; Public Meeting, Request for Comments; Docket No. FDA-2019-N-4187

    Thank you for the opportunity to provide comments to the New Era of Smarter Food Safety on behalf of the Association of Food and Drug Officials or AFDO. AFDO promotes the uniform adoption and enforcement of food, drug, medical devices, cosmetics and product safety laws, rules, and regulations. Founded in 1896, AFDO is an international, non-profit professional organization consisting of state, federal and local regulatory officials as members. AFDO is a mechanism for advancing regulatory program standards that will help to advance a national integrated food safety system. The organization also provides training and continuing education as well as networking opportunities that foster understanding and collaboration among all members and an appreciation for each role in the food and medical device safety system. Given that focus, we are excited to be embarking as partners in the Era of Smarter Food Safety. We believe some of the best practices from our state and local agencies may provide a model how we can move forward. This provides an opportunity to think as a food safety community—industry, consumers, and regulators.  Read the full comments...

  • December 06, 2019 10:01 AM | Amy Bonsell (Administrator)

    December 5, 2019

    Federal Register

    Agriculture Department

    Notices

    Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposals, Submissions, and Approvals

    Filed on: 12/05/2019 at 8:45 am Scheduled Pub. Date: 12/06/2019

    FR Document: 2019-26322 PDF 3 Pages (88.7 KB) Permalink

     

    Food Safety and Inspection Service

    Notices

    2020 Rate Changes for the Basetime, Overtime, Holiday, and Laboratory Services Rates

    Filed on: 12/05/2019 at 8:45 am Scheduled Pub. Date: 12/06/2019

    FR Document: 2019-26326  PDF  10 Pages (140 KB)  Permalink

     

    FDA

    Warning Letters

    Posted Date

    Issue Date

    Company

    Issuing Office

    Subject

    12/03/2019

    11/20/2019

    D.A.Y. Farm

    Office of Human and Animal Foods - West Division 1

    PHS Act/Shell Egg Regulation/Adulterated

     

    APHIS

    USDA Proposes Updates to National Poultry Improvement Plan

     

    AMS

    USDA Files Action Against Hood River Juice Company Inc. in Oregon for Alleged PACA Violations

     

    @FrankYiannasFDA

    • ·       UPDATE: FDA continues to warn against eating romaine lettuce from Salinas, California as we actively investigate the outbreak’s cause. We are analyzing samples collected at farms & combing through distribution records. Status update can be found here. https://go.usa.gov/xpEm4
    • ·       RT @Cottonaggie: New to FDA, not to #FoodSafety says Frank Yiannas, deputy commissionerfor Food Policy and Response ... has been asked to see what new technologies can advance the Food Safety issue #LetsTalkSolutions

    @FDA_ORA

    • ·       #DYK that excessive vitamin D can cause harmful side effects for infants? Vitamin D supplements are recommended for some infants, especially those that are breast-fed, to help support healthy bone development. Check out FDA’s recommendations: https://go.usa.gov/xVS74

    @FDAfood

    December 6, 2019

    Federal Register

    Agricultural Marketing Service

    Proposed Rules

    Meetings:

    National Organic Standards Board

    Filed on: 12/06/2019 at 8:45 am Scheduled Pub. Date: 12/09/2019

    FR Document:2019-26446 PDF 3 Pages (83.8 KB) Permalink

     

    FDA

    Recalls

    Date

    Brand

    Product Description

    Type

    Reason/Problem

    Company

    12/05/2019

    Nancy Adams

    Dark Chocolate Graham Crackers

    Food & Beverages, Allergens, Snack Food Item

    Undeclared Milk

    Nassau Candy Distributors

    12/05/2019

    Special Kitty

    Wet, canned cat food

    Animal & Veterinary, Target Animal – Safety, Pet Food

    Products don’t meet the Company’s quality and safety standards

    The J. M. Smucker Company

    GRAS Notices

    GRN No.

    Substance

    Date of Closure

    FDA Letter

    804

    Pea protein

    Nov 8, 2019

    FDA has no questions (in PDF)8 (94 KB)

    803

    Pea protein

    Nov 8, 2019

    FDA has no questions (in PDF)9 (91 KB)

    849

    Inulin from artichoke

    Oct 30, 2019

    FDA has no questions (in PDF)10 (129 KB)

    843

    Algal oil (35% docosahexaenoic acid) from Schizochytrium sp. strain FCC-1324

    Oct 18, 2019

    FDA has no questions (in PDF)11 (85 KB)

    844

    Algal oil (55% docosahexaenoic acid) from Schizochytrium sp. strain FCC-3204

    Oct 18, 2019

    FDA has no questions (in PDF)12 (105 KB)

     

    NTP

    NTP Update - December 2019 now available

     

    AMS

    Webinar: Overview of The National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard Feb 2019

     

    CSPI

    Another Unsolved Lettuce Outbreak Highlights Need for Better Investigative Tools

     

    @FrankYiannasFDA

    @FDAFood

    • ·       RT @aicrtweets: Our FREE webinar with the @US_FDA is next month! Register now to learn more about the revised nutrition facts label and consumer education efforts: http://bit.ly/2QAszGl
    • ·       Call or email our trained public affairs specialists for answers to your food & #cosmetics related questions. From #foodsafety concerns to #vitamin ingredients to starting a food or cosmetics business.... we're here for you. https://go.usa.gov/xyMVf

     


  • December 06, 2019 9:59 AM | Amy Bonsell (Administrator)

    December 2, 2019

    FSIS

    Nov 29, 2019 | PDF

    • FSIS Extends Comment Period on Proposed Changes to Salmonella Performance Standards for Ground Beef and Beef Manufacturing Trimmings
    • FSIS Posts Quarterly Sampling Reports on Salmonella Percent Positives

    Recalls

    Product Recalled

    Date of Recall

    Retail Distribution List

    118-2019 Blue Grass Quality Meats Recalls Pork and Turkey Products due to Misbranding and Undeclared Allergens

    Nov 29, 2019

    N/A (Class II Recall)

    AskFSIS

    Directed Residue Sampling and Holding the Sampled Carcass

    Positive or Presumptive Positive E. coli O157:H7 or non-O157 STEC Raw Beef

     

    CVM

    Notice of Filing of Food Additive Petition (Animal Use); Alzchem Trostberg GmbH

    Notice of Filing of Food Additive Petition (Animal Use); Zinpro Corp.

     

    @FrankYiannasFDA

    • ·        We shouldn’t simply try to predict the future of food safety. We should collaborate on how to shape it & create it. Please submit your comments by Dec 5 on how to create a New Era of Smarter Food Safety, Together. https://bit.ly/2OzzLRI  #smarterfoodsafety

    @FDAfood

    December 3, 2019

     

    AskFSIS

    Final Rule “Records To Be Kept by Official Establishments and Retail Stores That Grind Raw Beef Products”

     

    @FrankYiannasFDA

    @SecretarySonny

    • ·       Sat down with @azagriculture Director Mark Killian at the Arizona Agribusiness Roundtable to talk with producers about trade with China and USMCA, water issues, ag labor and the future of American agriculture.

    December 4, 2019

    Federal Register

    Food and Drug Administration

    Notices

    Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposals, Submissions, and Approvals:

    Current Good Manufacturing Practice in Manufacturing, Packaging, Labeling, or Holding Operations for Dietary Supplements

    Filed on: 12/04/2019 at 8:45 am Scheduled Pub. Date: 12/05/2019

    FR Document: 2019-26250  PDF  9 Pages (115 KB)  Permalink

     

    Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service

    Proposed Rules

    National Poultry Improvement Plan and Auxiliary Provisions

    Filed on: 12/04/2019 at 8:45 am Scheduled Pub. Date: 12/05/2019

    FR Document: 2019-23973 PDF  69 Pages (303 KB)  Permalink

     

    Environmental Protection Agency

    Rules

    Pesticide Tolerances:

    Etoxazole

    Filed on:12/04/2019 at 8:45 am Scheduled Pub. Date: 12/05/2019

    FR Document: 2019-26158  PDF 17 Pages (181 KB) Permalink

    Fenpyroximate

    Filed on: 12/04/2019 at 8:45 am Scheduled Pub. Date: 12/05/2019

    FR Document: 2019-26131  PDF  22 Pages (196 KB) Permalink

    Propamocarb

    Filed on: 12/04/2019 at 8:45 am Scheduled Pub. Date: 12/05/2019

    FR Document: 2019-26130  PDF  18 Pages (129 KB) Permalink

     

    FDA

    Recalls

    Date

    Brand

    Product Description

    Type

    Reason/Problem

    Company

    12/03/2019

    Lin’s Waha Int’l Corp

    Suantianyangmei Waxberry and Bingtangyangmei Waxberry

    Food & Beverages, Allergens, Fruit/Fruit Product

    Undeclared sulfites and cyclamates

    Lin’s Waha Int’l Corp

    12/03/2019

    President’s Choice, Marketside

    Colorful Coleslaw

    Food & Beverages,

    Potential Salmonella Contamination

    Dole Fresh Vegetables, Inc.

    11/27/2019

    Okami & Trader Joes

    Ready to eat sushi, salads and spring rolls

    Food & Beverages,

    Potential Listeria monocytogenes Contamination

    Fuji Food Products, Inc.

    Warning Letters

    Posted Date

    Issue Date

    Company Name

    Issuing Office

    Subject

    12/03/2019

    10/28/2019

    PT. SIG ASIA

    Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN)

    Seafood HACCP/CGMP for Foods/Adulterated

     

    OMB

    AGENCY: USDA-FNS

    RIN: 0584-AE68

    Status: Pending Review

    TITLE: Employment and Training Opportunities in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

    STAGE: Proposed Rule

    ECONOMICALLY SIGNIFICANT: No

    ** RECEIVED DATE: 12/03/2019

    LEGAL DEADLINE: None  

     

    USDA

    USDA Announces Details of the 2020 Agricultural Outlook Forum Program

     

    @FrankYiannasFDA

    • ·       Enjoyed touring farms today with the #yfva & seeing firsthand the important steps growers are taking in Yuma to implement additional preventive controls & further advance produce safety. A New Era of Smarter Food Safety dawning. #progress #collaboration #smarterfoodsafety

    @SecretarySonny

    • ·       Government can be a powerful force for good,but government dependency has never been the American dream. At @USDA we're restoring the original intent of SNAP: one that provides a safety net for those in need but encourages accountability & self-sufficiency
    • ·       Just a reminder, this Friday Dec. 6 is the deadline to signup for MFP. Visit http://farmers.gov/MFP  for more info and to find your local FSA office.

    @FDAFood

    • ·       The public comment period for the FDA's New Era of Smarter Food Safety ends THURSDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2019! https://go.usa.gov/xp9NR  Comments can be submitted electronically in Federal Register Notice docket folder FDA-2019-N-4187 https://regulations.gov .

    @FDAMedia

    • ·       OUTBREAK UPDATE: FDA continues to investigate a multistate outbreak of hepatitis A linked to blackberries purchased between Sept. 9 & Sept. 30 from Fresh Thyme Farmers Market in 11 states; @CDCgov reports an increase in case count to 16. https://go.usa.gov/xpXWC


  • December 06, 2019 9:58 AM | Amy Bonsell (Administrator)

    November 27, 2019

    Federal Register

    Food and Drug Administration

    Proposed Rules

    Filing of Food Additive Petition (Animal Use):

    Alzchem Trostberg GmbH

    Filed on: 11/27/2019 at 8:45 am Scheduled Pub. Date: 11/29/2019

    FR Document: 2019-25904 PDF 2 Pages (83.4 KB) Permalink

     

    Zinpro Corp.

    Filed on: 11/27/2019 at 8:45 am Scheduled Pub. Date: 11/29/2019

    FR Document: 2019-25903 PDF 4 Pages (25.4 KB) Permalink

     

    Notices

    Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposals, Submissions, and Approvals:

    Procedures for the Safe and Sanitary Processing and Importing of Fish and Fishery Products

    Filed on: 11/27/2019 at 8:45 am Scheduled Pub. Date: 11/29/2019

    FR Document: 2019-25857 PDF 5 Pages (91.2 KB) Permalink

     

    Agriculture Department

    Notices

    Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposals, Submissions, and Approvals

    Filed on: 11/27/2019 at 8:45 am Scheduled Pub. Date: 11/29/2019

    FR Document: 2019-25863 PDF 4 Pages (92.1 KB) Permalink

    • ·       Minnesota Pesticide & Fertilizer Survey

     

    International Trade Commission

    Notices

    Investigations; Determinations, Modifications, and Rulings, etc.:

    Sugar from Mexico

    Filed on: 11/27/2019 at 8:45 am Scheduled Pub. Date: 11/29/2019

    FR Document: 2019-25873 PDF 13 Pages (388 KB) Permalink

     

    Consumer Product Safety Commission

    Notices

    Meetings:

    CPSC Forum on Crib Bumpers

    Filed on: 11/27/2019 at 8:45 am Scheduled Pub. Date: 11/29/2019

    FR Document: 2019-25890 PDF 5 Pages (100 KB) Permalink

     

    FDA

    California-based food manufacturer agrees to stop production after repeated food safety violations

    Warning Letters

    Posted Date

    Letter Issue Date

    Company Name

    Issuing Office

    Subject

    11/26/2019

    11/19/2019

    California Cereal Products

    Office of Human and Animal Foods - III East

    CGMP/Food/Prepared, Packed or Held Under Insanitary Conditions/Adulterated

     

    USDA

    Petitions

    Petition Submitted by Animal Welfare Institute (May 26, 2016) 

    • ·       requesting FSIS revise regulations to prohibit behavior that has the potential to cause birds to die other than by slaughter. 
    • ·       FSIS Final Response to Petition (Nov 25, 2019)

    Petition Submitted by Animal Welfare Institute (Dec 17, 2013) 

    • ·       requesting FSIS use its authority under PPIA to promulgate regulations for the humane handling of poultry. 
    • ·       FSIS Final Response to Petition (Nov 25, 2019)

    Petition Submitted by Shawn K. Stevens (May 15, 2018) 

    • ·       requests FSIS amend 9 CFR part 355 to add freeze dried and frozen pet food and pet treats to the pet food products eligible for USDA certification.
    • ·       FSIS Final Response to Petition (Nov 25, 2019)

     

     

    OMB

    AGENCY: USDA-FNS

    RIN: 0584-AE57

    Status: Concluded

    TITLE:Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program: Requirements for Able-Bodied Adults Without Dependents

    STAGE: Final Rule

    ECONOMICALLY SIGNIFICANT: Yes

    RECEIVED DATE: 10/15/2019

    LEGAL DEADLINE: None  

    ** COMPLETED: 11/26/2019

    COMPLETED ACTION: Consistent with Change

     

    @FrankYiannasFDA

    • ·       FDA investigators are on-the-ground in Salinas continuing to investigate the E. coli O157:H7 outbreak linked to romaine lettuce. Consumers should avoid romaine from Salinas, CA. @CDCgov reported an increase of cases of illness to 67 across 19 states. https://go.usa.gov/xpnDp

    @FDAfood

    • ·       FDA and @CDCgov are investigating an E. coli #outbreak linked to romaine lettuce from Salinas, California. 67 illnesses reported from 19 states. If the label indicates romaine lettuce was grown in "Salinas" do not eat it https://go.usa.gov/xpnBb

    @US_FDA

    • ·       FDA continues to investigate a multistate outbreak of hepatitis A linked to blackberries purchased between Sept. 9 & Sept. 30 from Fresh Thyme Farmers Market in 11 states. @CDCgov reports an increase in case count to 14 https://go.usa.gov/xpXWC
    • ·       If you or a family member have already eaten the blackberries purchased between Sept 9-30 and have not been vaccinated for the hepatitis A virus, talk to your health care professional to determine if post exposure prophylaxis (PEP) is indicated.

    @FDAMedia

    • ·       A California-based food manufacturer - Golden Gate Soy Products - agreed to stop selling food after inspections revealed listeria contamination at their facility. FDA took action to prevent potentially contaminated food products from getting to market https://go.usa.gov/xpnWz

    @DrAbernethyFDA

    November 29, 2019

    FDA

    Recalls

    Date

    Brand

    Product Description

    Type

    Reason/Problem

    Company

    11/27/2019

    Hodgson Mill

    Unbleached Flour

    Food & Beverages,

    Potential E. Coli Contamination

    Hodgson Mill, Inc.

    11/27/2019

    Wild Harvest

    Organic All-Purpose Flour

    Food & Beverages,

    Potential E.coli Contamination

    UNFI

     

    AMS

    USDA Files Action Against Custom Fresh Cuts Inc. in California for Alleged PACA Violations

     

    USDA Settles a Packers and Stockyards Case against Joseph W. White, American Cattle Co., LLC d/b/a American Cattle, American Beef and American Beef Company

     

    @FrankyiannasFDA

    • ·       The public-health & business case for tech-enabled tracking, tracing, & monitoring of food. It CAN be done. #smarterfoodsafety
    • ·       "Restaurants and retailers should not serve or sell romaine lettuce if they cannot confirm it is from outside Salinas," said Frank Yiannas of the FDA.

    @FDArecalls

    • ·       Hodgson Mill Issues Voluntary Recall of Unbleached All-Purpose White Wheat Flour Due to Potential Presence of Pathogenic E.coli https://go.usa.gov/xpQwc

     


  • December 06, 2019 9:54 AM | Amy Bonsell (Administrator)

    November 26, 2019

    Federal Register

    Agricultural Marketing Service

    Rules

    Decreased Assessment Rate:

    Marketing Order Regulating the Handling of Sweet Cherries Grown in Designated Counties in Washington

    Filed on: 11/26/2019 at 8:45 am Scheduled Pub. Date: 11/27/2019

    FR Document:2019-25650 PDF 16 Pages (334 KB) Permalink

     

    Food Safety and Inspection Service

    Rules

    Publication Method for Lists of Foreign Countries Eligible to Export Meat, Poultry, or Egg Products to the United States

    Filed on: 11/26/2019 at 8:45 am Scheduled Pub. Date: 11/27/2019

    FR Document: 2019-25750  PDF  25 Pages (273 KB) Permalink

     

    FDA

    FDA warns 15 companies for illegally selling various products containing cannabidiol as agency details safety concerns

    Recalls

    Date

    Brand

    Product Description

    Type

    Reason/Problem

    Company

    11/25/2019

    Tuna King

    Yellowfin Tuna Medallions

    Food & Beverages, Fish

    Elevated Histamine Levels

    Northern Fisheries LTD

     

    Warning Letters

    Posted Date

    Letter Issue Date

    Company Name

    Issuing Office

    Subject

    11/25/2019

    11/22/2019

    KOI CBD LLC

    Center for Drug Evaluation and Research | CDER

    Unapproved New Drugs/Misbranded/Cannabidiol (CBD) Products

    11/25/2019

    11/22/2019

    Mr. Pink Collections, LLC

    Center for Drug Evaluation and Research | CDER

    Unapproved New Drugs/Misbranded/Cannabidiol (CBD) Products

    11/25/2019

    11/22/2019

    Whole Leaf Organics, LLC

    Center for Drug Evaluation and Research | CDER

    Unapproved New Drugs/Misbranded/Cannabidiol (CBD) Products

    11/25/2019

    11/22/2019

    Infinite Product Company LLLP DBA Infinite CBD

    Center for Drug Evaluation and Research | CDER

    Unapproved New Drugs/Misbranded/Cannabidiol (CBD) Products

    11/25/2019

    11/22/2019

    Sunflora, Inc./The CBD Store, LLC dba Your CBD Store

    Center for Drug Evaluation and Research | CDER

    Unapproved New Drugs/Misbranded/Cannabidiol (CBD) Products

    11/25/2019

    11/22/2019

    Bella Rose Labs

    Center for Drug Evaluation and Research | CDER

    Unapproved New Drugs/Misbranded/Cannabidiol (CBD) Products

    11/25/2019

    11/22/2019

    Noli Oil, LLC

    Center for Drug Evaluation and Research | CDER

    Unapproved New Drugs/Misbranded/Cannabidiol (CBD) Products

    11/25/2019

    11/22/2019

    Organix Industries, Inc. dba Plant Organix

    Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN)

    Unapproved New Drugs/Misbranded/Cannabidiol (CBD) Products

    11/25/2019

    11/22/2019

    Sabai Ventures Ltd

    Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN)

    Unapproved New Drugs/Misbranded/Cannabidiol (CBD) Products

    11/25/2019

    11/22/2019

    Daddy Burt Hemp Co

    Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN)

    Unapproved New Drugs/Misbranded/Cannabidiol (CBD) Products

    11/25/2019

    11/22/2019

    KOI CBD LLC

    Center for Drug Evaluation and Research | CDER

    Unapproved New Drugs/Misbranded/Cannabidiol (CBD) Products

    11/25/2019

    11/22/2019

    Mr. Pink Collections, LLC

    Center for Drug Evaluation and Research | CDER

    Unapproved New Drugs/Misbranded/Cannabidiol (CBD) Products

    11/25/2019

    11/22/2019

    Whole Leaf Organics, LLC

    Center for Drug Evaluation and Research | CDER

    Unapproved New Drugs/Misbranded/Cannabidiol (CBD) Products

    11/25/2019

    11/22/2019

    Infinite Product Company LLLP DBA Infinite CBD

    Center for Drug Evaluation and Research | CDER

    Unapproved New Drugs/Misbranded/Cannabidiol (CBD) Products

    11/25/2019

    11/22/2019

    Apex Hemp Oil LLC

    Center for Veterinary Medicine

    Unapproved New Drugs/Misbranded/Cannabidiol (CBD) Products

    11/25/2019

    11/22/2019

    Red Pill Medical Inc.

    Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN)

    Unapproved New Drugs/Misbranded/Cannabidiol (CBD) Products

    11/25/2019

    11/22/2019

    CDRL Nutritional, Inc.

    Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN)

    Unapproved New Drugs/Misbranded/Cannabidiol (CBD) Products

    11/25/2019

    11/22/2019

    Private I Salon, LLC

    Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN)

    Unapproved New Drugs/Misbranded/Cannabidiol (CBD) Products

    11/25/2019

    11/22/2019

    Natural Native LLC

    Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN)

    Unapproved New Drugs/Misbranded/Cannabidiol (CBD) Products

     

    FSIS

    USDA's Recommendations for a Safe Thanksgiving

     

    OMB

    The 2019 Fall Agenda was published on 11/20/2019

     

    APHIS

    USDA Seeks Comment on Proposed Changes to List of Plants for Planting Not Approved Pending Pest Risk Analysis

     

    USDA

    USDA Statement on U.S. Sugar Market

     

    @FrankYiannasFDA

    @Dr.AbernethyFDA

    • ·       FDA is quickly working to further clarify our regulatory approach for products containing cannabis and cannabis-derived compounds like CBD. We’re doing this in line with our overarching approach like for any other substance FDA regulates.
    • ·       In the meantime, we’re monitoring the marketplace and taking action as needed, like issuing 15 warning letters today to companies that violate the law in ways that raise public health concerns.
    • ·       Often, people wrongly think that the myriad of CBD products on the market have been evaluated by FDA and determined to be safe, or that trying CBD can’t hurt. Aside from one prescription drug, CBD products have not been approved by FDA.
    • ·       There are number of questions regarding CBD’s safety and there are real risks that need to be considered. There is significant interest in CBD and we must work together to fill in the knowledge gaps about the science, safety and quality of many of these products.

    @FDArecalls

    @US_FDA

    • ·       FDA took several actions today on CBD including issuing 15 warning letters, updating on safety concerns, and given the lack of scientific information, that FDA cannot conclude CBD is generally recognized as safe for use in human or animal food https://go.usa.gov/xpRXj

  • December 06, 2019 9:51 AM | Amy Bonsell (Administrator)

    November 22, 2019

    Federal Register

    Agriculture Department

    Rules

    Export Sales Reporting Program

    Filed on: 11/22/2019 at 8:45 am Scheduled Pub. Date: 11/25/2019

    FR Document: 2019-25529 PDF 7 Pages (165 KB) Permalink

     

    Notices

    Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposals, Submissions, and Approvals

    Filed on: 11/22/2019 at 8:45 am Scheduled Pub. Date: 11/25/2019

    FR Document: 2019-25530 PDF 6 Pages (94.5 KB) Permalink

     

    Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service

    Notices

    International Sanitary and Phytosanitary Standard-Setting Activities

    Filed on: 11/22/2019 at 8:45 am Scheduled Pub. Date: 11/25/2019

    FR Document: 2019-25443 PDF 18 Pages (164 KB) Permalink

     

    Plants for Planting Whose Importation is Not Authorized Pending Pest Risk Analysis:

    Availability of Data Sheets for Taxa of Plants for Planting that are Quarantine Pests or Hosts of Quarantine Pests

    Filed on: 11/22/2019 at 8:45 am Scheduled Pub. Date: 11/25/2019

    FR Document: 2019-25439 PDF 6 Pages (229 KB) Permalink

     

    Environmental Protection Agency

    Rules

    Pesticide Tolerances:

    Clothianidin

    Filed on: 11/22/2019 at 8:45 am Scheduled Pub. Date: 11/25/2019

    FR Document: 2019-25535 PDF 19 Pages (184 KB) Permalink

     

    Cyflumetofen

    Filed on: 11/22/2019 at 8:45 am Scheduled Pub. Date: 11/25/2019

    FR Document: 2019-25543 PDF 11 Pages (107 KB) Permalink

     

    FDA

    Recalls

    Date

    Brand

    Product Description

    Type

    Reason/Problem

    Company

    11/21/2019

    Tainy Vostoka

    Dried Fruit Mix

    Food & Beverages,

    Undeclared sulfites

    Euroline Foods LLC

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    FSIS

    Recalls

    Product Recalled

    Date of Recall

    115-2019 Missa Bay, LLC Recalls Salad Products Due to Possible E. coli O157:H7 Contamination

    Nov 21, 2019

     

    AMS

    USDA Publishes Negotiated Cattle Market Reporting Study

     

    @US_FDA

    • ·       Remember that an ingredient’s source does not determine its safety. For example, many plants, whether they are organically grown, contain substances that may be toxic or allergenic. Learn more here: https://go.usa.gov/xp9SC

    @FDAfood

    • ·       #OUTBREAK US FDA, @CDCgov, @USDAFoodSafety & state health authorities continue investigating an outbreak of illnesses caused by E. coli O157:H7. Missa Bay, LLC, Swesdeboro, NJ company has recalled packaged #salad products listed here: https://go.usa.gov/xp53c
    • ·       Recalled salad products were produced from Oct. 14 - 16, 2019 with recommended “use by” date for all the products Nov. 1, 2019, or earlier. If you have any of these products in refrigerators/freezer - throw away or return to the place of purchase.

    @FDArecalls

    • ·       “Euroline Foods LLC” Issues Alert on Undeclared Sulfites In “Dry Fruit Mix “Quince Compote” (Tainy Vostoka)” https://go.usa.gov/xp55v

    @FDAcosmetics

    @DrAbernethyFDA

    • ·       Had a great convo with @matthewherper at #STATsummit about the great work we are doing @US_FDA, including actions we’re taking to advance the technology we use to fulfill our public health mission as part of our Technology Modernization Action Plan.
    • ·       And we talked about #CBD. FDA is working quickly to clarify our regulatory approach for products containing CBD while continuing to monitor the marketplace & protect public health. We’re also creating consumer content to help people understand CBD & potential safety concerns.

    @FDAanimalhealth

    November 25, 2019

    Federal Register

    Agricultural Marketing Service

    Rules

    Almonds Grown in California:

    Revisions to the Accepted User Program Requirements and New Information Collection

    Filed on: 11/25/2019 at 8:45 am Scheduled Pub. Date: 11/26/2019

    FR Document: 2019-25661  PDF  16 Pages (258 KB)  Permalink

     

    Dried Prunes Produced in California:

    Decreased Assessment Rate

    Filed on: 11/25/2019 at 8:45 am Scheduled Pub. Date: 11/26/2019

    FR Document: 2019-25660  PDF  14 Pages (251 KB)  Permalink

     

    Proposed Rules

    Tart Cherries Grown in the States of Michigan, et al.:

    Decreased Assessment Rate

    Filed on: 11/25/2019 at 8:45 am Scheduled Pub. Date: 11/26/2019

    FR Document: 2019-25651  PDF  16 Pages (225 KB)  Permalink

     

    Environmental Protection Agency

    Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposals, Submissions, and Approvals:

    Pesticide Establishment Application, Notification of Registration, and Pesticide Production Reports for Pesticide-Producing and Device-Producing Establishments

    Filed on: 11/25/2019 at 8:45 am Scheduled Pub. Date: 11/26/2019

    FR Document: 2019-25592  PDF  4 Pages (287 KB)  Permalink

     

    FDA

    E. coli O157:H7 Outbreak Linked to Romaine from Salinas, California, November 2019

    FDA warns consumers not to eat romaine lettuce grown in Salinas, California

    Recalls

    Date

    Brand

    Product Description

    Type

    Reason/Problem

    Company

    11/22/2019

    Whole Foods Market

    Raspberry Cheesecake Italian Gelato

    Food & Beverages,

    Undeclared egg

    Whole Foods Market

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    FSIS

    FSIS Issues Public Health Alert for Products Produced With Romaine From the Salinas, California, Growing Region

    Nov 22, 2019 | PDF

    • FSIS Expands PHIS Export Component, Invites Industry Testing
    • FSIS Finalizes Changes to Publication Method for Lists of Eligible Exporting Countries
    • NARMS to Publish the 2016-2017 Integrated Summary
    • Tips for Faster Label Approval Process
    • FSIS Posts Next Set of Establishment Specific Datasets

    Recalls

    Product Recalled

    Date of Recall

    Retail Distribution List

    117-2019 Ajinomoto Foods North America, Inc. Recalls Chicken Fried Rice Products Due To Possible Foreign Matter Contamination

    Nov 22, 2019

    N/A (Class II Recall)

    Notices

    Number

    Title

    Date Issued

    Expiration Date

    47-19

    Poultry and Poultry Products Export Certification to the People’s Republic of China (China)

    Nov 22, 2019

    Dec 01, 2020

     

    CVM

    FDA Releases 2016-2017 NARMS Integrated Summary, Streamlines Reporting Format

     

    @FrankYiannasFDA

    • ·        Alert: Today, we are providing an important update into our investigation of an outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 illnesses which have sickened more than 40 people in 16 states. Our investigation has led us to farms in Salinas, California. https://go.usa.gov/xp56N
    • ·        While we are sending investigators, we are also warning consumers to not eat any romaine lettuce harvested from Salinas, California. If romaine lettuce does not have labeling information or the source cannot be confirmed, consumers should not eat or use the romaine.
    • ·        At this time, there is no recommendation for consumers or retailers to avoid using romaine harvested from other sources outside of Salinas or labeled as indoor, or hydroponically- and greenhouse-grown.
    • ·        #OUTBREAK Update: Look on #Romaine packaging for growing/ harvest location. If it says Salinas, whether alone or with the name of another location, do not eat it. https://go.usa.gov/xp565
    • ·        This outbreak was caused by the same E. coli strain that caused outbreaks in 2017 and 2018, according to Frank Yiannas, FDA's deputy commissioner for food policy and response, and the CDC.
    • ·        #CDC found vitamin E acetate, an additive in THC-containing products, in lung fluid samples from ppl w/ e-cigarette, or vaping, product use associated lung injury. Avoid THC-containing products, esp from informal sources like friends, family, or dealers. http://cdc.gov/lunginjury

    @FDArecalls

    • ·        Allergy Alert Issued due to Undeclared Egg in Whole Foods Market Brand Raspberry Cheesecake Italian Gelato https://go.usa.gov/xpNMz 

    @FDA CVM

    • ·        #FDA, @CDCgov, & @USDAFoodSafety have released the latest National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System (NARMS) Integrated Summary, which shows rates of resistance to the most important antimicrobials https://go.usa.gov/xp5pf


  • November 26, 2019 8:48 AM | Amy Bonsell (Administrator)



    We are beginning peak Norovirus season and the Association of Food and Drug Officials (AFDO) has a webinar and CDC handouts and posters online that you can use to prevent or respond to Norovirus incidents.  The webinar speakers are Dr. Aron Hall and Dr. Laura Brown from CDC, and DJ Irving from the Tennessee Department of Health.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eY4X5I80O-s&feature=youtu.be

    Norovirus can be a droplet spread and persist on surfaces for weeks.  A CDC video on how to cleanup after a vomiting or diarrhea incident can be viewed at this link.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TAkH4jakLYA

    CDC posters that can be downloaded include how to clean and disinfect after a vomiting or diarrhea incident, and also how to prevent the spread of Norovirus through proper cleaning and disinfection of surfaces that are touched a lot. https://waterandhealth.org/resources/posters/#norovirus

  • November 22, 2019 8:43 AM | Amy Bonsell (Administrator)

    November 20, 2019

    FDA

    FDA Extends Comment Period on the New Era of Smarter Food Safety

    Warning Letters

    Posted Date

    Issue Date

    Company

    Issuing Office

    Subject

    11/19/2019

    10/17/2019

    Marathon Ventures, Inc.

    Office of Human and Animal Food- West Division II

    CGMP Food/Prepared, Packed or Held Under Insanitary Conditions/Adulterated  

     

    @FrankYiannasFDA

    @FDAfood

    • ·       Today, November 19, @CDCgov issued a final update for the total number of domestically-acquired cases of #Cyclospora linked to produce items in 2019. Approximately 10% of illnesses were associated with a multistate outbreak linked to imported fresh basil. https://go.usa.gov/xp9mT
    • ·       The public comment period has been extended for the FDA's New Era of Smarter Food Safety through DECEMBER 5, 2019! https://go.usa.gov/xp9NR  Comments can be submitted electronically in Federal Register Notice docket folder FDA-2019-N-4187 https://regulations.gov .

    @FDAanimalhealth

    @FDA_ORA

    • ·       The nose knows! #FDAORA staff do incredibly interesting jobs to protect public health - including using organoleptic tests (with their senses) & involving olfactory inspection (smelling) to make sure meat and other products are safe! http://bit.ly/2BgI8Kp

    November 21, 2019

    Federal Register

    Food and Drug Administration

    Notices

    Temporary Permit for Market Testing:

    Ruby Chocolate Deviating from Identity Standard

    Filed on: 11/21/2019 at 8:45 am Scheduled Pub. Date: 11/22/2019

    FR Document: 2019-25325 PDF 3 Pages (158 KB) Permalink

     

    Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service

    Rules

    Swine Health Protection Act; Amendments to Garbage Feeding Regulations

    Filed on: 11/21/2019 at 8:45 am Scheduled Pub. Date: 11/22/2019

    FR Document: 2019-25367 PDF 6 Pages (169 KB) Permalink

     

    FDA

    Outbreak Investigation of Hepatitis A Potentially Linked to Fresh Conventional  Blackberries from Fresh Thyme Farmers Market, Fall 2019

    Recalls

    Date

    Brand

    Product Description

    Product Type

    Reason/Problem

    Company

    11/20/2019

    Nabisco

    Cheese Nips

    Food & Beverages,

    Potential presence of plastic

    Mondelēz Global LLC

     

    FSIS

    AskFSIS

    Melengestrol testing (MGA) of livestock for the U.S. National Residue Program

    Recalls

    Product Recalled

    Date of Recall

    Missa Bay, LLC Recalls Salad Products Due to Possible E. coli O157:H7 Contamination

    Nov. 21, 2019

     

    AMS

    Ohio Firm Posts $100,000 Employment Bond

    USDA Determines Individual Not Responsibly Connected to South Carolina Violator

    USDA Announces Appointments to the Cattlemen’s Beef Promotion and Research Board

     

    @FrankYiannasFDA

    • ·       Outbreak Alert: #FDA, @CDCgov & state/local partners are investigating an outbreak of hepatitis A illnesses in Indiana, Nebraska & Wisconsin linked to fresh (non-organic) blackberries from the grocery store, Fresh Thyme Farmers Market. https://go.usa.gov/xpXWC
    • ·       Our traceback investigation shows the blackberries were shipped to the following states: IA, IL, IN, KY, MI, MO, MN, NE, OH, PA & WI. If consumers purchased these berries between Sept. 9 & Sept. 30 from Fresh Thyme Farmers Market and then froze them, they should be thrown away.
    • ·       If you or a family member have already eaten the blackberries purchased between Sept 9-30 and have not been vaccinated for the hepatitis A virus, talk to your health care professional to determine if post exposure prophylaxis (PEP) is indicated.

    @FDA_ORA

    • ·       Health fraud scams alert! FDA has identified a trend where over-the-counter #weightloss products contain hidden ingredients that could harm you. LEARN MORE: https://go.usa.gov/xVpWE

    @FDArecalls

    • ·       Mondelēz Global LLC Conducts Voluntary Recall of Limited Quantity of Cheese Nips (11 oz. Box) Product in the U.S. Due to Potential Presence of Foreign Material https://go.usa.gov/xpXZf

    @FDAMedia

    • ·       E. COLI UPDATE: According to @CDCgov, 17 people were infected with the outbreak strain in 8 states: AZ, CA, CO, ID, MD, MT, WA, WI. Prelim info indicates romaine lettuce used in the salad product that had tested positive for the outbreak pathogen in MD https://go.usa.gov/xpXgx
    • ·       FDA and @CDCgov continue to investigate 17 cases of E. coli O157:H7 infections, some were tied to Ready Pac Bistro Bowl Chicken Caesar Salad from MD. FDA has identified possible farms in Salinas, CA, and will continue to provide updates https://go.usa.gov/xpXgx
    • ·       FDA has identified possible farms in Salinas, CA, and is deploying investigators to the farms to determine the source and extent of the contamination. The investigation is ongoing and FDA will provide updates as we learn more.
    • ·       At this time, we are only reminding consumers not to eat Ready Pac Bistro Bowl Chicken Caesar Salad with a “Best By” date of October 31, 2019. Cases in other states do not match with this salad, so this product alone does not fully explain the outbreak.


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