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  • August 10, 2018 9:35 AM | Amy Bonsell (Administrator)

    Abstract: 

    Smartphones, tablets, and other personal electronic devices have become ubiquitous in Americans’ daily lives. These devices are used by people throughout the day, including while preparing food. For example, a device may be used to look at recipes and therefore be touched multiple times during food preparation. Previous research has indicated that cell phones can harbor bacteria, including opportunistic human pathogens such as Staphylococcus and Klebsiella spp. This investigation was conducted with data from the 2016 Food Safety Survey (FSS) and from subsequent focus groups to determine the frequency with which consumers use personal electronic devices in the kitchen while preparing food, the types of devices used, and hand washing behaviors after handling these devices. The 2016 FSS is the seventh wave of a repeated cross-sectional survey conducted by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The goal of the FSS is to evaluate U.S. adult consumer attitudes, behaviors, and knowledge about food safety. The FSS included 4,169 adults that were contacted using a dual-frame (land line and cell phone interviews) random-digit-dial sampling process. The personal electronics module was the first of three food safety topics discussed by each of eight consumer focus groups, which were convened in four U.S. cities in fall 2016. Results from the 2016 FSS revealed that of those individuals who use personal electronic devices while cooking, only about one third reported washing hands after touching the device and before continuing cooking. This proportion is significantly lower than that for self-reported hand washing behaviors after touching risky food products such as raw eggs, meat, chicken, or fish. Results from the focus groups highlight the varied usage of these devices during food preparation and the related strategies consumers are using to incorporate personal electric devices into their cooking routines. Read more...

  • August 10, 2018 9:28 AM | Amy Bonsell (Administrator)

    August 9, 2018

    Federal Register

    Food and Nutrition Service

    Notices

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

    Evaluation of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Employment and Training Pilots

    Filed on: 08/09/2018 at 08:45 am Scheduled Pub. Date: 08/10/2018

    FR Document: 2018-17186  PDF 15 Pages (217 KB)  Permalink

     

    Child and Adult Care Food Program:

    National Average Payment Rates, Day Care Home Food Service Payment Rates, and Administrative Reimbursement Rates for Sponsoring Organizations of Day Care Homes for the Period July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019

    Filed on: 08/09/2018 at 08:45 am Scheduled Pub. Date: 08/10/2018

    FR Document: C1-2018-15464  PDF 1 Page (59.8 KB)  Permalink

     

    National School Lunch, Special Milk, and School Breakfast Programs, National Average Payments/Maximum Reimbursement Rates

    Filed on: 08/09/2018 at 08:45 am Scheduled Pub. Date: 08/10/2018

    FR Document: C1-2018-15465  PDF 1 Page (59.7 KB)  Permalink

     

    Agricultural Marketing Service

    Notices

    Meetings:

    Grain Inspection Advisory Committee

    Filed on: 08/09/2018 at 08:45 am Scheduled Pub. Date: 08/10/2018

    FR Document: 2018-17114  PDF 3 Pages (77 KB)  Permalink

     

    Environmental Protection Agency

    Rules

    Pesticide Tolerances:

    Picoxystrobin

    Filed on: 08/09/2018 at 08:45 am Scheduled Pub. Date: 08/10/2018

    FR Document: 2018-17192  PDF 28 Pages (232 KB)  Permalink

     

    Notices

    Receipt of Requests to Voluntarily Cancel Certain Pesticide Registrations and Amend Registrations to Terminate Certain Uses

    Filed on: 08/09/2018 at 08:45 am Scheduled Pub. Date: 08/10/2018

    FR Document: 2018-17191  PDF 23 Pages (225 KB)  Permalink

     

    FDA

    Notice of Agency Information Collection Activities; Voluntary Labeling Indicating Whether Foods Have or Have Not Been Derived from Genetically Engineered Plants 

     

    APHIS

    USDA Begins 2018 Field Evaluation of New Oral Rabies Vaccine in Raccoons, Other Wildlife

     

    @FDAfood, @US_FDA, @SGottliebFDA, @FDA_ORA, @FDAMedia, @FDAanimalhealth, @FDArecalls, @FDASpox

    • ·        The FDA has updated the #NutritionFacts label on packaged foods & beverages w/a fresh design that will make it easier for consumers to make informed #food choices to lead to healthy eating habits. LEARN MORE: https://go.usa.gov/xUWVk 
    • ·        Curious as to how a #Salmonella infection can affect your health? Listen to Diana’s story which shows how food poisoning can be dangerous for older adults. https://youtu.be/_nA9vG-p2FY  Think you may have a #foodborne illness? Contact your healthcare professional.
    • ·        Food Safety Alert: @US_FDA reports that some stores are still selling recalled Honey Smacks cereal. Do not buy the cereal or eat it, and report stores who are still selling it to FDA: https://go.usa.gov/xUfbZ 
    • ·        ODA Director, Alexis Taylor was in Hood River, joining @US_FDA Commissioner @SGottliebFDA, @UF, @OSUAgSci, Hood River Regional Growers and Packers and NW Horticultural Council during a Farm Readiness Review and a talk about the implementation of the #FoodSafetyModernizationAct.
    • ·        Thanks again to all those who participated in our #NutritionInnovation Strategy public meeting July 26 – attendance over 300 in-person & 600 on-line! The public comment period for this strategy is open! We look forward to receiving your feedback. http://go.usa.gov/xUPhT 
    • ·        Read this fact sheet to learn more about how widespread some of the recent foodborne illness outbreaks were in the U.S. as well their causes: https://go.usa.gov/xUBvG  #foodborneillnessoutbreaks #FDAORA

    August 10, 2018

    Federal Register

    Agricultural Marketing Service

    Proposed Rules

    United States Standards for Grades:

    Processed Vegetables

    Filed on: 08/10/2018 at 08:45 am Scheduled Pub. Date: 08/13/2018

    FR Document: 2018-17283  PDF 6 Pages (152 KB)  Permalink

     

    Notices

    Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposals, Submissions, and Approvals

    Filed on: 08/10/2018 at 08:45 am Scheduled Pub. Date: 08/13/2018

    FR Document: 2018-17285  PDF 4 Pages (165 KB)  Permalink

     

    FDA

    Recalls

    Date

    Brand

    Product Description

    Reason/Problem

    Company

    08/06/2018

    Best Taste

    Snack Ginger Sliced

    Undeclared Sulfites

    Country Favor Inc.

     

    USDA

    USDA to Realign ERS with Chief Economist, Relocate ERS & NIFA Outside DC

     

    OEHHA

    New Section 25501.1 Naturally Occouring Concentrations of Listed Chemicals in Unprocessed Foods; Inorganic Arsenic in White and Brown Rice

     

    @FDAfood, @US_FDA, @SGottliebFDA, @FDA_ORA, @FDAMedia, @FDAanimalhealth, @FDArecalls, @FDASpox

    • ·        Enjoy the abundance of summer’s fresh fruit & vegetables - head to the farmers' market. Not sure where & when one happens near you? Look it up here >>> http://go.usa.gov/xQw99  National #FarmersMarketWeek
    • ·        "Country Favor Inc Issues Alert on Undeclared Sulfites in “Best Taste Brand Snack Ginger Sliced” http://dlvr.it/QfKww1 
    • ·        OUTBREAK Update: As of August 9, @CDCgov reports 436 lab confirmed cases of #Cyclospora – 20 hospitalized, no deaths. @FDAFood & @CDCgov report the McDonald’s salads by #FreshExpress are one likely source of this outbreak. https://go.usa.gov/xUvfw 
    • ·        The investigation is ongoing with the FDA reviewing distribution & supplier info. Consumers with Cyclospora symptoms (diarrhea, loss of appetite, nausea) should contact their healthcare provider. https://go.usa.gov/xUvfw 
    • ·        OUTBREAK UPDATE: Today, @CDCgov reported a total of 436 confirmed cases across 15 states of Cyclospora infection related to McDonald’s salads. While #FDA’s investigation continues, the product is no longer available for purchase https://go.usa.gov/xUsGK 

     


  • August 10, 2018 9:15 AM | Amy Bonsell (Administrator)

    August 6, 2018

    Federal Register

    Agriculture Department

    Notices

    Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposals, Submissions, and Approvals

    Title: Foreign Quarantine Notices

    Filed on: 08/06/2018 at 08:45 am Scheduled Pub. Date: 08/07/2018

    FR Document: 2018-16864  PDF 4 Pages (90.6 KB)  Permalink

     

    Food and Nutrition Service

    Notices

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

    Summer Food Site Locations for State Agencies

    Filed on: 08/06/2018 at 08:45 am Scheduled Pub. Date: 08/07/2018

    FR Document: 2018-16816  PDF 5 Pages (146 KB)  Permalink

     

    FDA

    Could You Be Exposing Your Food to Bacteria by Using a Smartphone or Tablet While Cooking?

    Recalls

    Date

    Brand Name

    Product Description

    Reason/Problem

    Company

    08/03/2018

    Hostess  

    Cookies 'n Creme Brownies

    The "Contains" statement does not include "egg".

    Hostess Brands, LLC

     

    FSIS

    FY 2018 USDA Travel Credit Card Training

    Disposition Instructions For "Woody Breast" and "White Striping" Poultry Conditions

    Van Oriental Foods Inc. Recalls Pork Egg Rolls Due to Possible Foreign Matter Contamination

    Star Natural Meats, LLC Recalls Raw Pork Sausage Products due to Misbranding and Undeclared Allergens

    Aug 03, 2018 | PDF

    • USDA Invites Comments on the Implementation of the e-Connectivity Pilot Program
    • FSIS Seeking Comments on the Organization for Competitive Markets Petition on “Product of USA” Labeling
    • FSIS Posts Transcript and Recording of Trichinella Spiralis Webinar

     

    OIRA

    AGENCY: USDA-FNS

    RIN: 0584-AE57

    Status: Pending Review

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

    STAGE: Proposed Rule

    ECONOMICALLY SIGNIFICANT: Yes

    ** RECEIVED DATE: 08/03/2018

    LEGAL DEADLINE: None 

     

    @FDAfood, @US_FDA, @SGottliebFDA, @FDA_ORA, @FDAMedia, @FDAanimalhealth, @FDArecalls, @FDASpox

    • ·        Whaaaat? My tablet, cell phone, & laptop could be a #foodsafety hazard? Check out findings of a recent FDA analysis from the 2016 Food Safety Survey, focus groups, & scientists at FDA who study consumer food safety behavior https://go.usa.gov/xUGre 
    • ·        Hawaii will be receiving $1.9 million in federal funding to establish a program to help local farmers comply with federal food safety rules. See news release for more info: http://hdoa.hawaii.gov/blog/main/nr18-10foodsafety/ …
    • ·        Voluntary Recall of Hostess Cookies 'n Creme Brownies http://dlvr.it/Qdq5Sl 
    • ·        Actually, it’s @USDA that inspects and grades services at milking establishments and assures the quality of the products. At @US_FDA, we have responsibility for the almonds before they’re milked....
    • ·        Have you visited the local farmer’s market yet? Enjoy the abundance of summer’s fresh fruit & vegetables. Find your market here http://go.usa.gov/xQw99  National #FarmersMarketWeek
    • ·        RECALL: #FDA is working with Hostess Brands to recall Cookies 'n Crème Brownies because they don't list "egg" as an allergen. Read the product list here: https://go.usa.gov/xU7Kc 

    August 7, 2018

    Federal Register

    Health and Human Services Department

    Notices

    Meetings:

    President's Council on Sports, Fitness, and Nutrition; Correction

    Filed on: 08/07/2018 at 08:45 am Scheduled Pub. Date: 08/08/2018

    FR Document: 2018-16969  PDF 1 Page (129 KB)  Permalink

     

    Filed on: 08/07/2018 at 08:45 am Scheduled Pub. Date: 08/08/2018

    FR Document: 2018-16970  PDF 1 Page (177 KB)  Permalink

     

    Food Safety and Inspection Service

    Notices

    Trade and Foreign Agriculture Affairs:

    Codex Alimentarius Commission: International Standard-Setting Activities

    Filed on: 08/07/2018 at 08:45 am Scheduled Pub. Date: 08/08/2018

    FR Document: 2018-16944  PDF 71 Pages (426 KB)  Permalink

     

    Environmental Protection Agency

    Rules

    Pesticide Tolerances:

    Spinetoram

    Filed on: 08/07/2018 at 08:45 am Scheduled Pub. Date: 08/08/2018

    FR Document: 2018-16989  PDF 20 Pages (351 KB)  Permalink

     

    Notices

    Registration Review Proposed Interim Decisions for Several Pesticides

    Filed on: 08/07/2018 at 08:45 am Scheduled Pub. Date: 08/08/2018

    FR Document: 2018-16988  PDF 8 Pages (179 KB)  Permalink

     

    FDA

    Recalls

    Date

    Brand Name

    Product Description

    Reason/Problem

    Company

    08/03/2018

    G & C Raw, more 

    Ground Lamb Dog Food and Ground Turkey Cat Food

    Potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes

    G & C Raw LLC

     

    FSIS

    067-2018 Recall Notification Report 067-2018 (Pork and Beef Bologna Products)

    Aug 06, 2018 | PDF

    • FSIS Posts Response to Peer Review Comments on its Hog Slaughter Risk Assessment, Including the Revised Risk Assessment Document

     

    @FDAfood, @US_FDA, @SGottliebFDA, @FDA_ORA, @FDAMedia, @FDAanimalhealth, @FDArecalls, @FDASpox

    • ·        G & C Raw, LLC Recalls Pat's Cat Turkey, and Ground Lamb Pet Food, because of Possible Listeria Monocytogenes Health Risk http://dlvr.it/Qdzd9l 
    • ·        Food Safety Alert: @US_FDA reports that some stores are still selling recalled Honey Smacks cereal. Do not buy the cereal or eat it, and report stores who are still selling it to FDA: https://go.usa.gov/xUfbZ 
    • ·        YUMA UPDATE: #FDA recently met with the Leafy Greens Food Safety Task Force related to the romaine E. coli outbreak in the Yuma, AZ, region and presented hypotheses that can be used to identify actions needed to prevent a similar outbreak in the future https://go.usa.gov/xU7Gg 
    • ·        THREAD: Last week #FDA met with the Leafy Greens Food Safety Task Force about the Environmental Assessment in the Yuma region related to the romaine E. coli outbreak earlier this year: https://go.usa.gov/xU7Gg 
    • ·        At that meeting, #FDA shared preliminary hypotheses to facilitate conversations with state and local officials, industry and local growers on these hypotheses and associated actions necessary to prevent such an outbreak from occurring again.
    • ·        We believe local in-depth knowledge and actions are critical in helping resolve this issue in order to protect public health. We seek to work with other government and non-government entities in the region to achieve our collective food safety goal and look forward to partnering
    • ·        Additional sampling activities will be conducted to further explore and narrow down hypotheses in the near future. Our findings will be detailed in a finalized environmental assessment report, which will be made public when complete.
    • ·        Confused about foodborne illness? Where do you get it? When do symptoms start? How long will it last? Here’s an easy chart that answers these questions for the most frequent foodborne illnesses in the U.S. https://go.usa.gov/xUfks 

    August 8, 2018

    Federal Register

    Food and Drug Administration

    Notices

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

    Voluntary Labeling Indicating Whether Foods Have or Have Not Been Derived from Genetically Engineered Plants

    Filed on: 08/08/2018 at 08:45 am Scheduled Pub. Date: 08/09/2018

    FR Document: 2018-17024  PDF 10 Pages (114 KB)  Permalink

     

    Agricultural Marketing Service

    Proposed Rules

    Development of Standards for Substances to be Used in Organic Production:

    National Organic Standards Board; Meeting

    Filed on: 08/08/2018 at 08:45 am Scheduled Pub. Date: 08/09/2018

    FR Document: 2018-16386  PDF 4 Pages (15.2 KB)  Permalink

     

    Environmental Protection Agency

    Rules

    Tolerance Exemptions:

    Cerevisane (Cell Walls of Saccharomyces Cerevisiae Strain LAS117)

    Filed on: 08/08/2018 at 08:45 am Scheduled Pub. Date: 08/09/2018

    FR Document: 2018-17081  PDF 10 Pages (390 KB)  Permalink

     

    Notices

    Registration Reviews:

    Several Pesticides; Draft Human Health and/or Ecological Risk Assessments

    Filed on: 08/08/2018 at 08:45 am Scheduled Pub. Date: 08/09/2018

    FR Document: 2018-17082  PDF 6 Pages (234 KB)  Permalink

     

    Several Pesticides; Interim Decisions

    Filed on: 08/08/2018 at 08:45 am Scheduled Pub. Date: 08/09/2018

    FR Document: 2018-17083  PDF 5 Pages (384 KB)  Permalink

     

    FDA

    FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine Announces Second eSubmitter Webinar in Ongoing Series

    Recalls

    Date

    Brand

    Product Description

    Reason/Problem

    Company

    07/27/2018

    El Guapo

    Jamaica Hibiscus Flower

    Undeclared Peanut

    Mojave Foods Corporation

    Warning Letters

    Letter Issue Date

    Company Name

    Issuing Office

    Subject

    Close Out Date

    07/03/2018

    SIA "Piejura"

    Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition

    Seafood HACCP/CGMP for Foods/Adulterated

    Not Issued *

    05/03/2018

    Ramirez & Ca. (Filhos)

    Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition

    Seafood HACCP/CGMP for Foods/Adulterated

    Not Issued *

    04/09/2018

    Taiwan Sing Rong Food Co., LTD

    Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition

    Seafood HACCP/CGMP for Foods/Adulterated/Insanitary Conditions

    Not Issued *

     

    USDA

    U.S. Poultry Gains New Market Access in Morocco

     

    FSIS

    Transition to Next Gen USDA AgLearn

     

    AMS

    USDA Updates the U.S. Poultry Standards for Consistency

     

    NIH-ODS

    ODS Population Studies Program Webpage

     

    OIRA

    AGENCY: EPA-OLEM

    RIN: 2050-AH00

    Status: Pending Review

    TITLE:Exemption for Air Emissions from Animal Waste at Farms from the Emergency Release Notification Requirements; Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act

    STAGE: Proposed Rule

    ECONOMICALLY SIGNIFICANT: No

    ** RECEIVED DATE: 08/07/2018

    LEGAL DEADLINE: None  

     

    @FDAfood, @US_FDA, @SGottliebFDA, @FDA_ORA, @FDAMedia, @FDAanimalhealth, @FDArecalls, @FDASpox

    • ·        ORGANIC FACTS: In coming weeks I'm going to put out more detailed information on what different terms mean on food packaging, to help consumers best use claims like organic, antibiotic free, etc. Since these issues are in the news today, I wanted to offer a few initial thoughts:
    • ·        #FDA and USDA have distinct roles when it comes to the oversight of organic foods. USDA is charged with regulating use of the term “organic” on food labels whereas FDA oversees general food labeling compliance and safety issues: https://go.usa.gov/xU7FN 
    • ·        Together, both #FDA and USDA help ensure the safety of the foods people eat, including organic foods, while also providing consumers access to factual information in a product’s label about how a food was produced: https://go.usa.gov/xU7FV 
    • ·        #FDA is focused on empowering consumers with tools and information to make good food choices consistent with public health recommendations, and encourage development of healthier foods by industry. This also means making sure terms on labels are actionable https://go.usa.gov/xU7Fy 
    • ·        Did you know, people eat more fruits and veggies when they shop at a #farmersmarket? Find your market: http://go.usa.gov/xQw99  #farmersmarketweek
    • ·        Joined @repgregwalden in Bend, OR for a MOOOving discussion today about cattle and feed issues and keeping the food supply chain safe
    • ·        Voluntary Recall Notice of El Guapo Jamaica Hibiscus Flower Pouches Due to Unlabeled Peanut Allergen http://dlvr.it/Qf7nkK 
    • ·        Grateful to the farmers of Hood River, Oregon for allowing us to tour a pear orchard this afternoon and discuss on farm readiness reviews along with colleagues from @NASDAnews and the Oregon Department of Agriculture 


  • August 06, 2018 3:37 PM | Amy Bonsell (Administrator)

    Human transmission of norovirus is likely what made dozens, possibly hundreds, of people in Transylvania County, NC, sick in an outbreak among customers of a McDonald’s restaurant. Read more...

  • August 03, 2018 11:36 AM | Amy Bonsell (Administrator)

    July 30, 2018

    Federal Register

    Agriculture Department

    Notices

    Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposals, Submissions, and Approvals

    Filed on: 07/30/2018 at 08:45 am Scheduled Pub. Date: 07/31/2018

    FR Document: 2018-16180  PDF 4 Pages (90.2 KB)  Permalink

     

    Filed on: 07/30/2018 at 08:45 am Scheduled Pub. Date: 07/31/2018

    FR Document: 2018-16261  PDF 3 Pages (16.6 KB)  Permalink

     

    Food Safety and Inspection Service

    Proposed Rules

    Elimination of the Requirement That Livestock Carcasses Be Marked U.S. Inspected and Passed at the Time of Inspection within a Slaughter Establishment for Carcasses to be Further Processed within the Same Establishment

    Filed on: 07/30/2018 at 08:45 am Scheduled Pub. Date: 07/31/2018

    FR Document: 2018-16345  PDF 17 Pages (220 KB)  Permalink

     

    Preparation of Uninspected Products Outside of the Hours of Inspectional Supervision

    Filed on: 07/30/2018 at 08:45 am Scheduled Pub. Date: 07/31/2018

    FR Document: 2018-16339  PDF 14 Pages (224 KB)  Permalink

     

    FDA

    Recalls

    Date

    Brand Name

    Product Description

    Reason/Problem

    Company

    07/28/2018

    Premo, Fresh Grab

    Sandwiches 

    Listeria monocytogenes

    Lipari Foods LLC

    07/26/2018

    TeaSource  

    Loose Leaf Tea

    Undeclared almonds

    TeaSource

     

    USDA

    USDA Invites Comments on the Implementation of the e-Connectivity Pilot Program

    Secretary Perdue Statement on EJC Ruling on Genome Editing

     

    FSIS

    Jul 27, 2018 | PDF

    • Availability of Guideline for Minimizing the Risk of Campylobacter and Salmonella Illnesses Associated with Chicken Liver
    • FSIS Posts Updated Quarterly Sampling Results
    • FSIS Seeks Comments on Two Deregulatory Actions
    • FSIS Extends Deadline for the Small and Very Small Plant Outreach Survey

     

    AMS

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

    USDA Extends Restrictions on Two Produce Businesses in Florida for Repeated PACA Violations

    USDA Restricts PACA Violators in Arizona and Texas from Operating in the Produce Industry

     

    OEHHA

    Announcement of the Developmental and Reproductive Toxicant Identification Committee Meeting Scheduled For October 11, 2018 and Availability of Hazard Identification Materials for Nickel and Nickel Compounds

     

    @FDAfood, @US_FDA, @SGottliebFDA, @FDA_ORA, @FDAMedia, @FDAanimalhealth, @FDArecalls, @FDASpox

    • ·        TeaSource Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Almonds in Product http://dlvr.it/Qd0GnQ 
    • ·        Lipari Foods Issues Voluntary Recall of Premo Brand & Fresh Grab Turkey & Swiss Submarine Sandwiches Due to Potential Contamination of Listeria Monocytogenes http://dlvr.it/Qd5Pmf 
    • ·        FOOD RECALL: Lipari Foods is recalling certain Premo Brand and Fresh Grab turkey and Swiss submarine sandwiches due to potential Listeria contamination. No illnesses at this time. https://go.usa.gov/xUVvT 
    • ·        #FDA is working with Lipari Foods to recall certain Premo Brand and Fresh Grab turkey and Swiss submarine sandwiches due to potential Listeria contamination. No illnesses have been reported at this time: https://go.usa.gov/xUVvT 


    July 31, 2018

    Federal Register

    Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service

    Notices

    Environmental Assessments; Availability, etc.:

    Texas A and M AgriLife Research; Cotton Genetically Engineered for Ultra-low Gossypol Levels in Cottonseed

    Filed on: 07/31/2018 at 08:45 am Scheduled Pub. Date: 08/01/2018

    FR Document: 2018-16389  PDF 7 Pages (184 KB)  Permalink

     

    Environmental Protection Agency

    Rules

    Tolerance Exemptions:

    Titanium dioxide

    Filed on: 07/31/2018 at 08:45 am Scheduled Pub. Date: 08/01/2018

    FR Document: 2018-16470  PDF 17 Pages (200 KB)  Permalink

     

    USDA

    USDA Encourages Rural Communities, Water Districts to Apply for Loans to Improve, Rebuild Infrastructure; $4 Billion Available

    In Argentina, Perdue Welcomes U.S. Pork Back to Market

     

    FSIS

    Establishment Application for Export (FSIS Form 9080-3)

    FSIS Issues Public Health Alert for Beef, Pork and Poultry Products due to Concerns about Contamination with Cyclospora

    Minimizing the Risk of Campylobacter and Salmonella Illnesses Associated with Chicken Liver (Jul 2018)

     

    APHIS

    USDA Begins 2018 Oral Rabies Vaccine Efforts in Eastern United States

     

    AMS

    USDA Sets Referendum Dates for South Texas Onions Marketing Order Proposed Amendments

     

    @FDAfood, @US_FDA, @SGottliebFDA, @FDA_ORA, @FDAMedia, @FDAanimalhealth, @FDArecalls, @FDASpox

    • ·        Prevent food poisoning at your summer get-together by following these barbecue #BBQ Basics. http://go.usa.gov/xNAhN 
    • ·        When enjoying this summer’s bounty of fresh fruit & vegetables be sure to wash appropriately! https://go.usa.gov/xU5eU 


    August 1, 2018

    FDA

    Warning Letters

    Letter Issue Date

    Company Name

    Issuing Office

    Subject

    Clouse Out Date

    07/26/2018

    Kerry Inc

    Chicago District Office

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

    Not Issued *

    07/13/2018

    GC Natural

    Los Angeles District Office   

    CGMP/Dietary Supplement/Adulterated/Misbranded

    Not Issued *

     

    FSIS

    Availability of Updated Meat and Poultry Hazards and Controls Guide

     

    APHIS

    Availability of Draft Environmental Assessment and Draft Plant Pest Risk Assessment for Petition to Deregulate GE Low-Gossypol Cotton

     

    NIH-ODS

    Message from ODS Acting Director Dr. Joseph Betz

     

    @FDAfood, @US_FDA, @SGottliebFDA, @FDA_ORA, @FDAMedia, @FDAanimalhealth, @FDArecalls, @FDASpox

    • ·        #TipoftheDay: Try to choose and prepare foods with little salt, at the same time consume potassium-rich foods, such as fruits and vegetables. *Photo by @eastofkitchen
    • ·        Are you prepared for severe storms & other natural disasters? Did you consider #foodsafety strategies? Have your plan in place - http://go.usa.gov/xRADn 
    • ·        We’re at the end of #NationalGrillingMonth but that doesn’t mean we should stop following BBQ #foodsafety steps! http://go.usa.gov/xNAhN 
    • ·        We value our longstanding partnership w/@US_FDA to combat the many variables related to anti-microbial resistance and look forward to working with FDA and livestock producers to bring forward science-based, common-sense solutions in the future.
    • ·        OUTBREAK UPDATE: #FDA recently confirmed cyclospora in Fresh Express salad mix used in recalled McDonald’s salads. No product should be available for consumers. Investigation is ongoing. https://go.usa.gov/xUvfw 
    • ·        #FDA recently confirmed the presence of cyclospora in Fresh Express salad mix used primarily in recalled McDonald’s salads sold before 7/13. No product should currently be available for consumers as it has exceeded its shelf life. https://go.usa.gov/xUvfw 
    • ·        This positive sample is a first for an #FDA cyclosporiasis produce investigation. We deployed a newly validated lab method earlier this year, advancing our ability to investigate cyclospora outbreaks and identify the parasite in foods.
    • ·        Fresh Express already recalled expired lots of romaine lettuce that could have been contaminated with cyclospora. Romaine from the same lots was not packaged for direct retail sale by Fresh Express and had already expired.


    August 2, 2018

    Federal Register

    Food and Drug Administration

    Notices

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

    Food Additive Petitions and Investigational Food Additive Exemptions

    Filed on: 08/02/2018 at 08:45 am Scheduled Pub. Date:08/03/2018

    FR Document: 2018-16616  PDF 8 Pages (111 KB)  Permalink

     

    Survey on Occurrence of Foodborne Illness Risk Factors in Selected Institutional Foodservice and Retail Food Stores Facility Types

    Filed on: 08/02/2018 at 08:45 am Scheduled Pub. Date: 08/03/2018

    FR Document: 2018-16648 PDF 17 Pages (135 KB) Permalink

     

    FDA

    Commissioner Updates State Leaders on Implementation of the Produce Safety Rule

    Recalls

    Date

    Brand Name

    Product Description

    Reason/ Problem

    Company

    08/01/2018

    Sweet Earth  

    Aloha BBQ Quesadilla  

    Undeclared Egg and Milk

    Sweet Earth Foods

     

    AMS

    USDA Chicken Products Purchase Program Announced

    USDA Turkey Products Purchase Program Announced

    USDA Catfish Products Purchase Program Announced

     

    FNS

    USDA Proclaims National WIC Breastfeeding Week and Launches New Campaign

     

    @FDAfood, @US_FDA, @SGottliebFDA, @FDA_ORA, @FDAMedia, @FDAanimalhealth, @FDArecalls, @FDASpox

    • ·        FDA #FoodSafety Plan Builder is a free desktop app to help #foodmanufacturers develop a plan specific to their facility. Download at https://go.usa.gov/xRfYA  #FSMA #foodsafety
    • ·        Cyclospora Outbreak: Do not eat various beef, pork and poultry salad and wrap products. They may be contaminated with Cyclospora, an illness caused by an intestinal parasite. If you have these products, do not consume. More Info: http://go.usa.gov/xUwrE
    • ·        Sweet Earth Foods Issues Allergy Alert for Undeclared Egg and Milk in Aloha BBQ Quesadillas Due to Mismatched Packaging http://dlvr.it/QdWsnd
    • ·        OUTBREAK UPDATE: @CDCgov reports 58 new cases related to the Salmonella investigation linked to Hy-Vee Spring Mix Pasta Salad. Product was recalled. #FDA is continuing to investigate this outbreak & will provide updates as we learn more https://go.usa.gov/xUwTG
    • ·        FDA's #CORE Network investigates not only foodborne outbreaks, but the response & post-response efforts. Learn about the CORE teams' process at http://go.usa.gov/3HWUJ

    August 3, 2018

    Federal Register

    Agricultural Marketing Service

    Notices

    United States Classes, Standards, and Grades for Poultry

    Filed on: 08/03/2018 at 08:45 am Scheduled Pub. Date: 08/06/2018

    FR Document: 2018-16249  PDF 3 Pages (159 KB)  Permalink

     

    Environmental Protection Agency

    Notices

    Pesticide Product Registrations:

    Applications for New Uses

    Filed on: 08/03/2018 at 08:45 am Scheduled Pub. Date: 08/06/2018

    FR Document: 2018-16768  PDF 3 Pages (281 KB)  Permalink

     

    FDA

    Letter from Commissioner Gottlieb to National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) 2018

    Recalls

    Date

    Brand Name

    Product Description

    Reason/Problem

    Company

    08/02/2018

    Almond Breeze 

    Vanilla almondmilk

    Undeclared milk

    HP Hood LLC

     

    @FDAfood, @US_FDA, @SGottliebFDA, @FDA_ORA, @FDAMedia, @FDAanimalhealth, @FDArecalls, @FDASpox

    • ·        OUTBREAK UPDATE: @CDCgov reports 58 new cases related to the Salmonella investigation linked to Hy-Vee Spring Mix Pasta Salad. Product was recalled. #FDA is continuing to investigate this outbreak & will provide updates as we learn more https://go.usa.gov/xUwTG 
    • ·        Sweet Earth Foods Issues Allergy Alert for Undeclared Egg and Milk in Aloha BBQ Quesadillas Due to Mismatched Packaging http://dlvr.it/QdWsnd 
    • ·        Cyclospora Outbreak: Do not eat various beef, pork and poultry salad and wrap products. They may be contaminated with Cyclospora, an illness caused by an intestinal parasite. If you have these products, do not consume. More Info: http://go.usa.gov/xUwrE 
    • ·        #TBT - On this day, August 2, 2013, FDA issued a final rule defining #glutenfree for food labels ensuring products marked gluten-free meet FDA standards. LEARN MORE: https://go.usa.gov/xU2ea 
    • ·        HP Hood LLC Recalls Select Units of Half-Gallon Refrigerated Vanilla Almond Breeze Almond Milk due to Possible Milk Allergen http://dlvr.it/QddX1c 
    • ·        OUTBREAK Update: As of August 2, @CDCgov reports 395 lab confirmed cases of #Cyclospora – 16 hospitalized, no deaths. @FDAFood & @CDCgov report the McDonald’s salads by Fresh Express recalled from 15 states are the source of this outbreak. https://go.usa.gov/xUvfw 
    The investigation is ongoing with the FDA reviewing distribution & supplier info. Consumers with Cyclospora symptoms (diarrhea, loss of appetite, nausea) should contact their healthcare provider. https://go.usa.gov/xUvfw 


  • July 27, 2018 12:55 PM | Amy Bonsell (Administrator)

    June 26, 2018

    Federal Register

    Health and Human Services Department

    Notices

    Meetings:

    President's Council on Sports, Fitness, and Nutrition

    Filed on: 07/26/2018 at 08:45 am Scheduled Pub. Date: 07/27/2018

    FR Document: 2018-16056  PDF 3 Pages (137 KB)  Permalink

     

    Food and Drug Administration

    Notices

    Food Safety Modernization Act Domestic and Foreign Facility Reinspection, Recall, and Importer Reinspection Fee Rates for Fiscal Year 2019

    Filed on: 07/26/2018 at 08:45 am Scheduled Pub. Date: 07/27/2018

    FR Document: 2018-16069  PDF 11 Pages (183 KB)  Permalink

     

    Food and Nutrition Service

    Notices

    Food Distribution Program:

    Value of Donated Foods from July 1, 2018, through June 30, 2019

    Filed on: 07/26/2018 at 08:45 am Scheduled Pub. Date: 07/27/2018

    FR Document: 2018-16028  PDF 4 Pages (37.8 KB)  Permalink

     

    Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service

    Notices

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

    Emergency Management Response System

    Filed on: 07/26/2018 at 08:45 am Scheduled Pub. Date: 07/27/2018

    FR Document: 2018-16213  PDF 4 Pages (96.2 KB)  Permalink

     

    Importation of Apples from China

    Filed on: 07/26/2018 at 08:45 am Scheduled Pub. Date: 07/27/2018

    FR Document: 2018-16098  PDF 4 Pages (103 KB)  Permalink

     

    Importation of Papayas from Peru

    Filed on: 07/26/2018 at 08:45 am Scheduled Pub. Date: 07/27/2018

    FR Document: 2018-16210  PDF 4 Pages (97.9 KB)  Permalink

     

    FDA

    Date

    Brand Name

    Product Description

    Reason/Problem

    Company

    07/25/2018

    Associated Milk Producers, Inc. (AMPI)  

    Dry Whey Powder

    Salmonella

    Associated Milk Producers, Inc. (AMPI)

    07/24/2018

    Taco Bell  

    Salsa Con Queso Mild Cheese Dip

    Product separation which can lead to a potential health hazard

    Kraft Heinz

    07/23/2018

    Mrs. Freshley's, Food Lion, Captain John Derst's, more  

    Swiss Rolls and Bread

    Salmonella

    Flowers Foods, Inc.

    Warning Letters

    Letter Issue Date

    Company Name

    Issuing Office

    Subject

    Close Out Date

    07/19/2018

    Niche Pharmaceuticals, Inc

    Dallas District Office

    Unapproved New Drugs/Misbranded

    Not Issued *

     

    AMS

    AMS Reaches a Settlement with R. Y. Livestock Sales, Inc.

    USDA Restricts PACA Violators in Arizona, California, Florida and New York from Operating in the Produce Industry

    USDA Restricts PACA Violators in Georgia, New Jersey, Nevada and Texas from Operating in the Produce Industry

    Plainville Livestock Commission, Inc., Plainville, Kansas Suspended and Assessed a Civil Penalty in Settlement with AMS

    USDA Proposes Termination of Southeastern States Irish Potato Marketing Order

    USDA Sets Referendum Dates for National Processed Raspberry Research and Promotion Program

     

    @FDAfood, @US_FDA, @SGottliebFDA, @FDA_ORA, @FDAMedia, @FDAanimalhealth, @FDArecalls, @FDASpox

    • ·        FOOD RECALL: Pepperidge Farm is voluntarily recalling four varieties of Goldfish crackers due to the potential presence of Salmonella. Fed health officials have no evidence of illnesses. More info: https://go.usa.gov/xUPz2  (Image doesn't represent all recalled products--see link.)
    • ·        Kraft Heinz Voluntarily Recalls Taco Bell Salsa Con Queso Mild Cheese Dip Distributed to Retailers http://dlvr.it/QckWfK 
    • ·        FOOD RECALL: #FDA is working with Kraft Heinz to recall 7,000 cases of Taco Bell Salsa Con Queso Mild Cheese Dip. No illnesses have been reported. https://go.usa.gov/xUEnf 
    • ·        RECALL UPDATE: As part of the whey-related recall, we’re boots on ground at AMPI as of yesterday inspecting the facility that processes the whey in question.  https://go.usa.gov/xUEEx 
    • ·        AMPI has several distributors and we’re working to identify the firms they supply to in an effort to determine if any received potentially contaminated product and what, if any, food may be contaminated with Salmonella. There could be additional recalls based on what we find.
    • ·        This is a common ingredient that’s likely used in other products. But not all products that used the potentially contaminated whey will need to be recalled. Some products may have processing steps or “kill steps” (like heating to certain temps) that could eliminate the risk.
    • ·        We’ll work through this with manufacturers as we identify them. #FDA is closely coordinating with @CDCgov so we’ll be aware of any potential illnesses that may be identified. There are still no confirmed cases of illness to date. https://go.usa.gov/xUEEx 
    • ·        AMPI Recalls Limited Amount of Dry Whey Powder Because of Possible Health Risk http://dlvr.it/QclS3r 
    • ·        Should there be a standard icon or symbol for the claim “healthy”? We will be discussing that and more at the FDA’s public meeting tomorrow on our #NutritionInnovation Strategy. Not too late to sign up for the webcast! http://go.usa.gov/xUakt 
    • ·        The Comprehensive, Multi-Year #NutritionInnovation Strategy Public Meeting is one way FDA continues to reach out for stakeholder & public input and involvement. We’re excited to hear your thoughts! #NutritionInnovation. Submit an official comment @https://go.usa.gov/xUPhT


    June 27, 2018

    Federal Register

    Food and Drug Administration

    Notices

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

    Survey on the Occurrence of Foodborne Illness Risk Factors in Selected Retail and Foodservice Facility Types

    Filed on: 07/27/2018 at 08:45 am Scheduled Pub. Date: 07/30/2018

    FR Document: 2018-16189  PDF 14 Pages (128 KB)  Permalink

     

    Agriculture Department

    Notices

    Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposals, Submissions, and Approvals

    Title: Contact Information of Schools That Participate in the National School Lunch Program and Organizations That Participate in the USDA’s Child and Adult Care Food Program

    Filed on: 07/27/2018 at 08:45 am Scheduled Pub. Date: 07/30/2018

    FR Document: 2018-16193  PDF 3 Pages (88.5 KB)  Permalink

     

    Food Safety and Inspection Service

    Notices

    Guideline for Minimizing the Risk of Campylobacter and Salmonella Illnesses Associated with Chicken Liver

    Filed on: 07/27/2018 at 08:45 am Scheduled Pub. Date: 07/30/2018

    FR Document: 2018-16197  PDF 7 Pages (241 KB)  Permalink

     

    Food and Nutrition Service

    Notices

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

    Evaluation of Technology Modernization for SNAP Benefit Redemption through Online Transactions

    Filed on: 07/27/2018 at 08:45 am Scheduled Pub. Date: 07/30/2018

    FR Document: 2018-16220  PDF 7 Pages (97.3 KB)  Permalink

     

    Requests for Information:

    State Administrative Expense Allocation Formula for Child Nutrition Programs

    Filed on: 07/27/2018 at 08:45 am Scheduled Pub. Date: 07/30/2018

    FR Document: 2018-16196  PDF 8 Pages (130 KB)  Permalink

     

    Agricultural Marketing Service

    Proposed Rules

    Onions Grown in South Texas:

    Proposed Amendments to Marketing Order 959 and Referendum Order

    Filed on: 07/27/2018 at 08:45 am Scheduled Pub. Date: 07/30/2018

    FR Document: 2018-15793  PDF 21 Pages (334 KB)  Permalink

     

    FDA

    Statement from FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D., on the process FDA is undertaking for reviewing and modernizing the agency’s standards of identity for dairy products

    Notice of FSMA Domestic and Foreign Facility Reinspection, Recall, and Importer Reinspection Fee Rates for FY 2019 

     

    FSIS

    Establishment Application for Export

     

    OEHHA

    Amendment to Section 25805 Maximum Allowable Dose Level – Metham Sodium

     

    @FDAfood, @US_FDA, @SGottliebFDA, @FDA_ORA, @FDAMedia, @FDAanimalhealth, @FDArecalls, @FDASpox

    • ·        The Comprehensive, Multi-Year #NutritionInnovation Strategy Public Meeting is one way FDA continues to reach out for stakeholder & public input and involvement. We’re excited to hear your thoughts! #NutritionInnovation. Submit an official comment @https://go.usa.gov/xUPhT
    • ·        “We can’t change all the factors that contribute to chronic diseases. But improved nutrition is one we CAN change if we all work together” @SGottliebFDA #FDANutritionInnovationStrategy
    • ·        “We see a market that’s actively trying to respond to consumer expectations, and FDA can help by providing a framework for encouraging industry to compete on the nutritional attributes of their products... 1/3
    • ·        We need a policy framework that allows consumers to readily identify healthier options. We need a framework that inspires the marketplace to reformulate foods at an affordable cost, with science driving reformulation decisions... 2/3
    • ·        The Nutrition Innovation Strategy is aimed at providing such a framework. It’s designed to empower consumers with modernized food labels. And it’s designed to empower manufacturers to innovate to meet consumer demand.” @SGottliebFDA #FDANutritionInnovationStrategy 3/3
    • ·        Couldn’t attend the #NutritionInnovation Strategy Public Meeting in person, but have suggestions for how to make the Ingredients statement on food labels more consumer friendly? Submit your comment to the federal docket @ https://go.usa.gov/xUPhT 
    • ·        THREAD: #FDA and partners continue investigating possible Salmonella contamination of an ingredient used in several popular foods. #FDA is onsite investigating the AMPI facility and we’re working to identify if any other food may be contaminated. https://go.usa.gov/xUmp6 
    • ·        There are no confirmed illnesses related to these products. But we know these products are consumed daily across our country, often by children, which is why we’re alerting consumers.
    • ·        We take this work very seriously. I also want to reassure consumers that we are not seeing an increase in the number or scope of recalls.
    • ·        The American food supply is safer than ever before thanks to the preventive measures set forth in the landmark #FDA Food Safety Modernization Act and advances in technology that help us detect and respond to problems.
    • ·        OUTBREAK UPDATE: Today @CDCgov reports that a Salmonella outbreak in pre-cut melons from Caito Foods appears to be over with 77 cases reported in 9 states from 4/30 to 7/2. Consumers with symptoms should still contact their health care provider https://go.usa.gov/xUmsv 
    • ·        OUTBREAK Update: FDA, @CDCgov & partners continue investigating multi-state outbreak of cyclosporiasis linked to McDonald's salads. Federal health officials total cases is 286 in these states: CT, FL, IA, IL, IN, KY, MI, MN, MO, NE, OH, SD, TN, VA and WI. http://go.usa.gov/xURYv 
    • ·        FDA greatly appreciates all the public comments today. We plan to continue dialogue on the approach to improving food policies to encourage healthier food options for consumers as one way to reduce the burden of disease as work continues with the #NutritionInnovation Strategy.
    • ·        Robin McKinnon, CFSAN’s Senior Advisor for Nutrition Policy, is wrapping up today's public meeting & talking about next steps for FDA’s approach to empowering consumers and encouraging food innovation. #NutritionInnovation Strategy
    • ·        We thank participants & stakeholders for attending the #NutritionInnovation Strategy Public Meeting. You have until August 27th to add your comments to the federal docket @ https://go.usa.gov/xUPhT 

     


  • July 27, 2018 12:53 PM | Amy Bonsell (Administrator)

    July 23, 2018

    Federal Register

    Agricultural Marketing Service

    Rules

    Marketing Orders:

    Spearmint Oil Produced in the Far West; Salable Quantities and Allotment Percentages for 2018-2019 Marketing Year

    Filed on: 07/23/2018 at 08:45 am Scheduled Pub. Date: 07/24/2018

    FR Document: 2018-15788  PDF 32 Pages (403 KB)  Permalink

     

    Proposed Rules

    Marketing Orders:

    Sweet Onions Grown in the Walla Walla Valley of Southeast Washington and Northeast Oregon

    Filed on: 07/23/2018 at 08:45 am Scheduled Pub. Date: 07/24/2018

    FR Document: 2018-15792  PDF 20 Pages (272 KB)  Permalink

     

    Environmental Protection Agency

    Proposed Rules

    Pesticide Petitions:

    Residues of Pesticide Chemicals in or on Various Commodities

    Filed on: 07/23/2018 at 08:45 am Scheduled Pub. Date: 07/24/2018

    FR Document: 2018-15722  PDF 22 Pages (351 KB)  Permalink

     

    FDA

    Recalls

    Date

    Brand Name

    Product Description

    Reason/Problem

    Company

    07/20/2018

    Sherman Candy Co. 

    Sherman Candy Caramels sold in gift baskets

    May contain undeclared pecans, walnuts, almonds and/or peanuts

    Gift Services, Inc. dba GiftTree

    07/20/2018

    Food Lion

    Dill Pickle Flavored Potato Chips

    May contain undeclared milk

    Shearer’s Foods, LLC

     

    FSIS

    FSIS Issues Public Health Alert For Products Containing FDA-Regulated Whey Powder That Has Been Recalled Due To Possible Salmonella Contamination

    Jul 20, 2018 | PDF

    • FSIS Consumer Research on the Safe Handling Instructions Label
    • FSIS Food Defense Vulnerability Questionnaire
    • FSIS Posts Individual Salmonella Category Status for Poultry Carcass Establishments and Aggregate Results for Chicken Parts, Comminuted Poultry and Poultry Carcasses Tested for Salmonella and Campylobacter
    • FSIS Personnel Updates

     

    APHIS

    APHIS Contacts Individuals and Businesses that may be Exempt from Licensing Requirements

     

    AMS

    AMS Reaches a Settlement with Roland Cook

     

    @FDAfood, @US_FDA, @SGottliebFDA, @FDA_ORA, @FDAMedia, @FDAanimalhealth, @FDArecalls, @FDASpox

    • ·        #FDA, @CDCgov and partners continue investigating a multi-state outbreak of cyclospora linked to McDonald's salads. Federal health officials added 102 new cases today. https://go.usa.gov/xURWs 
    • ·        #FDA is working with McDonald’s to identify the common ingredients in the salads identified by those who became sick and to trace back those ingredients through the supply chain. https://go.usa.gov/xURWs 
    • ·        As of July 13, McDonald’s has decided to voluntarily stop selling salads at impacted restaurants. Consumers who have symptoms of cyclosporiasis should contact their health care professional to report their symptoms and receive care. https://go.usa.gov/xURWs 
    • ·        Whether it’s a family BBQ, camping, hiking or going to the beach, summer activities can get hot! When food is a part of those activities, keep in mind the old saying: Safety first! http://go.usa.gov/xURGY 
    • ·        Summertime is filled with delicious fresh fruit and vegetables—make sure you handle them safely to avoid food poisoning. https://go.usa.gov/xU5eU 
    • ·        The Partnership for #FoodSafety Education has made a call for abstracts for the March 6-9, 2019 conference. Principle themes incl. program tools, increasing consumer engagement, safe food handling, demos, & success stories https://go.usa.gov/xUNtT  @USDA @CDCgov @Fight_BAC
    • ·        Allergy Alert for Undeclared Milk in Food Lion Brand Dill Pickle Flavored Potato Chips http://dlvr.it/QcFQRm 
    • ·        GiftTree Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Pecans, Walnuts, Almonds, Peanuts in " Sherman Candy Caramels " http://dlvr.it/QcG4vB 
    • ·        212 people are sick, 34 hospitalized in 44 states in outbreaks of Salmonella infections linked to backyard flocks. http://go.usa.gov/xQshX 

    July 24, 2018

    Federal Register

    Agricultural Marketing Service

    Rules

    Referendum Procedures under Sorghum Promotion, Research, and Information Order and Lamb Promotion, Research, and Information Order:

    Removal of Obsolete References

    Filed on: 07/24/2018 at 08:45 am Scheduled Pub. Date: 07/25/2018

    FR Document: 2018-15893  PDF 8 Pages (184 KB)  Permalink

     

    Proposed Rules

    Irish Potatoes Grown in Southeastern States:

    Termination of Marketing Order 953

    Filed on: 07/24/2018 at 08:45 am Scheduled Pub. Date: 07/25/2018

    FR Document: 2018-15890  PDF 13 Pages (247 KB)  Permalink

     

    Processed Raspberry Promotion, Research and Information Order; Continuance Referendum

    Filed on: 07/24/2018 at 08:45 am Scheduled Pub. Date: 07/25/2018

    FR Document: 2018-15894  PDF 5 Pages (98 KB)  Permalink

     

    Environmental Protection Agency

    Rules

    Pesticide Tolerances:

    Florasulam

    Filed on: 07/24/2018 at 08:45 am Scheduled Pub. Date: 07/25/2018

    FR Document: 2018-15916  PDF 25 Pages (340 KB)  Permalink

     

    FDA

    Notice of Availability of Draft Guidance for Industry: Studies to Evaluate the Metabolism and Residue Kinetics of Veterinary Drugs in Food-Producing Species (VICH) 

    Recalls

    Date

    Brand Name

    Product Description

    Reason/Problem

    Company

    07/23/2018

    Mrs. Freshley's, Food Lion, Captain John Derst's, more 

    Swiss Rolls and Bread

    Salmonella

    Flowers Foods, Inc.

    07/21/2018

    Ritz 

    Cracker Sandwiches

    Salmonella

    Mondelez Global LLC

     

    AMS

    USDA Announces Grain Inspection Advisory Committee Appointments

     

    @FDAfood, @US_FDA, @SGottliebFDA, @FDA_ORA, @FDAMedia, @FDAanimalhealth, @FDArecalls, @FDASpox

    • ·        Have information you’d like to share at next year’s Partnership for #FoodSafety Education conference? The theme is- From Consumers to Chefs: Food Safety Education Matters? The call for #abstracts is open! https://go.usa.gov/xUNtT  @USDA @CDCgov @Fight_BAC
    • ·        Mondelēz Global LLC Conducts Voluntary Recall of Certain Ritz Cracker Sandwiches and Ritz Bits Product in the U.S., including Puerto Rico & U.S. Virgin Islands Due to Possible Health Risk http://dlvr.it/QcVw3J 
    • ·        FOOD RECALL: Mondelez Global LLC is recalling Ritz sandwiches and Ritz bits cheese products because an ingredient could be contaminated with Salmonella. There are no related illnesses. FDA is investigating and will provide more info as we learn more https://go.usa.gov/xUU8S 
    • ·        It’s not too late! Register for the #FDA #NutritionInnovation Strategy public meeting on July 26th. Hear perspectives from industry, consumers, & academics. Don’t miss @SGottliebFDA's opening remarks. In person is full - so register to join live webcast. http://go.usa.gov/xUakt 
    • ·        Flowers Foods Issues Voluntary Recall on Mrs. Freshley’s and Other Brands of Swiss Rolls and Captain John Derst’s Old Fashioned Bread http://dlvr.it/QcX4ZN 


    June 25, 2018

    Federal Register

    Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service

    Notices

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

    Importation of Peppers from Certain Central American Countries

    Filed on: 07/25/2018 at 08:45 am Scheduled Pub. Date: 07/26/2018

    FR Document: 2018-15933  PDF 4 Pages (99.5 KB)  Permalink

     

    Importation of Peppers from the Republic of Korea

    Filed on: 07/25/2018 at 08:45 am Scheduled Pub. Date: 07/26/2018

    FR Document: 2018-15992  PDF 4 Pages (99.3 KB)  Permalink

     

    Movement of Plants and Plant Products from Hawaii and the Territories

    Filed on: 07/25/2018 at 08:45 am Scheduled Pub. Date: 07/26/2018

    FR Document: 2018-15993  PDF 4 Pages (99.2 KB)  Permalink

     

    FDA

    Statement from FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D. on voluntary recalls of Ritz, Goldfish and other products issued out of an abundance of caution

    Recalls

    Date

    Brand Name

    Product Description

    Reason/Problem

    Company

    07/23/2018

    Goldfish 

    Crackers

    Salmonella

    Pepperidge Farm

     

    APHIS

    USDA Announces Deregulation of Herbicide-Resistant GE Cotton

     

    NIH-ODS

    Registration Open: Enhancing Natural Product Clinical Trials Workshop

     

    @FDAfood, @US_FDA, @SGottliebFDA, @FDA_ORA, @FDAMedia, @FDAanimalhealth, @FDArecalls, @FDASpox

    • ·        FOOD RECALL: Mondelez Global LLC is recalling Ritz sandwiches and Ritz bits cheese products because an ingredient could be contaminated with Salmonella. There are no related illnesses. FDA is investigating and will provide more info as we learn more https://go.usa.gov/xUU8S 
    • ·        FOOD RECALL: Pepperidge Farm is voluntarily recalling four varieties of Goldfish crackers due to the potential presence of Salmonella. The products were distributed throughout the United States. No illnesses have been reported. More info: http://ow.ly/jBhe30l5O1b 
    • ·        THREAD - CONSUMER SAFETY UPDATE: #FDA is working with Mondelez to recall a variety of Ritz cheese sandwiches and Ritz bits cheese products because an ingredient could have been contaminated with Salmonella. No illnesses are associated at this time. https://go.usa.gov/xUU8S  1/4
    • ·        This recall is to address a potential risk. Consumers should not eat any of the products on this list, and should discard any of them. #FDA is investigating how the ingredient and products could have been contaminated and we will provide more information as it becomes available.
    • ·        This is a common ingredient and other food products made by other manufacturers may also initiate recalls in the coming days. This is the issue related to the voluntary recall also initiated by Pepperidge Farms and it’s Goldfish crackers.
    • ·        NO ILLNESSES HAVE BEEN REPORTED related to these products. These recalls are a cautionary step. We will continue to investigate the source, potential risks, whether people have been exposed to salmonella, and how to mitigate this potential risk in the future. 4/4
    • ·        This is great background from @maggiemfox on the recalls today. We will have a fuller #FDA statement out shortly. And props to Maggie for doing her usually great job informing consumers of evolving public health issues
    • ·        Part of FDA’s new Nutrition Innovation Strategy is to educate consumers on the new Nutrition Facts Label & empower consumers to make healthful eating choices. Participate, listen in, or comment on our July 26 public meeting located in Rockville, Maryland. http://go.usa.gov/xUakt 
    • ·        @ScottGottliebFDA released a stmt about recent food recalls for potential contamination with Salmonella. These recalls are being initiated out of an abundance of caution. #FDA is investigating the risk assoc with these products & will provide updates https://go.usa.gov/xUPF6 
    • ·        THREAD - UPDATE ON RECALLS: #FDA is working with Mondelēz International, Pepperidge Farm, and Flowers Foods, on recalls of certain products due to a potential risk that one of the ingredients may have been contaminated with Salmonella. https://go.usa.gov/xUPF6  1/4
    • ·        They recalled foods include a variety of Mondelēz’s Ritz cheese sandwiches and Ritz Bits cheese products, certain Pepperidge Farm’s Goldfish, and Flowers Foods’ Swiss Rolls sold under various brand names. 2/4
    • ·        More specifics on each recall can be found on our website. There is no evidence at this time that anyone was sickened from one of these products, or that these products are contaminated. https://go.usa.gov/xUPFv 
    • ·        #FDA will continue to investigate the potential root cause and will provide updates on this matter. As there are likely other manufacturers that also use this common ingredient, there may be other precautionary recalls initiated in the coming days. 4/4
    • ·        Pepperidge Farm® Announces Voluntary Recall of Four Varieties of Goldfish® Crackers http://dlvr.it/QcfJ3t 
    • ·        FDA Commissioner @ScottGottliebFDA statement about recent recalls of food products for potential contamination with Salmonella. There is no evidence at this time that anyone got sick from one of these products, or that these products are contaminated. https://go.usa.gov/xUPF6 
    • ·        These recalls are being initiated out of an abundance of caution. FDA is investigating the risk associated with these products and will provide updates on this matter.
    • ·        PRODUCT RECALL: Pepperidge Farm is voluntarily recalling four varieties of Goldfish crackers because an ingredient could be contaminated with Salmonella. No illnesses have been reported. More info: https://go.usa.gov/xUPz2 


  • July 27, 2018 12:50 PM | Amy Bonsell (Administrator)

    APHL, CDC, CSTE, FDA and USDA-FSIS are working together to plan and host a series of three PulseNet/OutbreakNet Regional Meetings to be held between January and April of 2019. Specific dates and locations will be announced as soon as they are available.

    These regional meetings will bring together federal, state, and local laboratorians, epidemiologists, and environmental health specialists to facilitate the exchange of expertise and discussions on enteric surveillance and outbreak response activities, and to build collaborations. The meeting agenda will be similar to past PulseNet/OutbreakNet regional meetings and some sessions held at InFORM 2017.

    We are currently forming the agenda planning committees for these regional meetings and would love your input! Please email OutbreakNet@cdc.gov  with the subject line: “Volunteer for Regional Planning Committee” by Friday, August 31, 2018 if you are interested in being a member of the agenda planning committee for your region. We will begin scheduling conference calls as soon as possible with the regional planning committee volunteers.

    We look forward to another round of regional meetings with everyone from the local, state, and federal levels. For more questions regarding the regional meetings, please contact kristy.kubota@aphl.org.


  • July 20, 2018 3:48 PM | Amy Bonsell (Administrator)

    July 19, 2018

    Federal Register

    Agriculture Department

    Notices

    Requests for Nominations:

    National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and Economics Advisory Board, Specialty Crop Committee, and National Genetics Advisory Council

    Filed on: 07/19/2018 at 08:45 am Scheduled Pub. Date: 07/20/2018

    FR Document: 2018-15551  PDF 7 Pages (91.1 KB)  Permalink

     

    Food Safety and Inspection Service

    Notices

    Meetings:

    National Advisory Committee on Microbiological Criteria for Foods

    Filed on: 07/19/2018 at 08:45 am Scheduled Pub. Date: 07/20/2018

    FR Document: 2018-15594  PDF 10 Pages (139 KB)  Permalink

     

    FDA

    FDA Approves NexGard for prevention of infections that cause Lyme disease in dogs

    FDA Investigating Multistate Outbreak of Salmonella Sandiego Infections Linked to Hy-Vee Spring Pasta Salad

    Notice of Withdrawal of Food Additive Petition (Animal Use); Humic Product Trade Association 

    Recalls

    Date

    Brand Name

    Product Description

    Reason/Problem

    Company

    07/18/2018

    H-E-B  

    Creamy Creations ice creams and sherbets

    Due to broken metal in processing equipment

    H-E-B

    07/18/2018

    Seattle Sourdough Baking Company, Franz

    Seattle Sourdough Pub Buns, Franz Premium Pub Buns

    May contain undeclared soy

    Portland French Bakery

    GRAS

    GRN No.

    Substance

    Date of Closure

    FDA’s Letter

    793

    Cultured corn starch fermented by Corynebacterium stationis

     

    Pending

    792

    Cultured corn starch fermented by Corynebacterium glutamicum

     

    Pending

    791

    Urolithin A

     

    Pending

    790

    Steviol glycosides (minimum purity 95%)              

     

    Pending

    789

    Erythritol

     

    Pending

    788

    Pea protein

     

    Pending

    747

    Calcium lactate

    Jun 1, 2018

    FDA has no questions (in PDF) (76 kB)

     

    FSIS

    Win Opportunity Knocks Recalls Fresh and Frozen, Raw Ground Beef Products Due to Possible E. Coli O45, O103 and O145 Contamination

     

    AMS

    Joint Letter to PACA Licensees, Organic Labels Must Be Removed from Fumigated Imports

     

    National Academies

    New Report Identifies Five Breakthroughs to Address Urgent Challenges and Advance Food and Agricultural Sciences by 2030

     

    @FDAfood, @US_FDA, @SGottliebFDA, @FDA_ORA, @FDAMedia, @FDAanimalhealth, @FDArecalls, @FDASpox

    • ·        RECALL: A multi-state outbreak of #Salmonella Sandiego has been linked to Hy-Vee Spring Pasta Salad both prepackaged & sold at the deli counter. If you have this product in your home - do not eat – throw away or return to store. https://go.usa.gov/xU5sg 
    • ·        To date there have been 21 people identified w/this Salmonella strain, 5 hospitalizations & no deaths. Store locations in IL, IA, KS, MN, MO, NE, SD & WI. @FDAFood, @CDCgov along with state & local partners are continuing their investigation
    • ·        NEW: FDA expands the #datadashboard to help importers & manufacturers/processors meet supply-chain req. under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). LEARN MORE: https://go.usa.gov/xQFrv 
    • ·        FDA aims to reduce the burden of chronic #disease that stems from poor nutrition, including obesity, diabetes, heart disease & certain cancers. On July 26, we will hold a public meeting on our #NutritionInnovation Strategy. Join the conversation http://go.usa.gov/xUakt 
    • ·        #Doctors! #Nurses! Have you seen the video FDA did in conjunction with @AMA for talking about #foodpoisoning? https://youtu.be/-omFUF8YsCA  #CME available
    • ·        Portland French Bakery Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Soy in Seattle Sourdough Pub Buns and Franz Premium Pub Buns http://dlvr.it/Qc16Zv 
    • ·        H-E-B Voluntarily Issues Recall Two Variety Packs of Creamy Creations Ice Creams and Sherbets in 3-Ounce Cups Recalled due to Broken Metal in Processing Equipment http://dlvr.it/Qc1fCQ 


    July 20, 2018

    Federal Register

    Agriculture Department

    Notices

    Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposals, Submissions, and Approvals

    Title: Endangered Species Regulations and Forfeiture Procedures

    Filed on: 07/20/2018 at 08:45 am Scheduled Pub. Date: 07/23/2018

    FR Document: 2018-15696  PDF 5 Pages (92.5 KB)  Permalink

     

    Environmental Protection Agency

    Rules

    Pesticide Tolerances:

    Flonicamid

    Filed on: 07/20/2018 at 08:45 am Scheduled Pub. Date: 07/23/2018

    FR Document: 2018-15449  PDF 25 Pages (150 KB)  Permalink

     

    FDA

    Call for Abstracts: 2019 National Food Safety Education Conference

     

    FSIS

    FSIS Working with Federal Partners to Address Salmonella Outbreak

     

    AMS

    Christmas Tree Industry Votes to Continue National Research and Promotion Program

    USDA Lifts Employment Sanctions Against Yuqing (Henry) Wang in New York

     

    @FDAfood, @US_FDA, @SGottliebFDA, @FDA_ORA, @FDAMedia, @FDAanimalhealth, @FDArecalls, @FDASpox

    • ·        Avoid food poisoning when enjoying your delicious summer fruit & vegetables. Follow these #foodsafety tips. https://go.usa.gov/xU5eU 
    • ·        OUTBREAK Update: As of July 19, 2018, @CDCgov reports 163 people infected w/ Cyclospora from 10 states. 3 hospitalized, no deaths. @CDCgov reports McDonald’s salads sold in 14 states are one likely source of this outbreak. https://go.usa.gov/xURYv 
    • ·        The investigation is ongoing with the FDA reviewing distribution & supplier info. Consumers with symptoms (diarrhea, loss of appetite, nausea) should contact their healthcare provider. https://go.usa.gov/xURY7 
    • ·        OUTBREAK Update: As of July 19, 2018, @CDCgov reports 237 people in 4 states infected w/Cyclospora - 7 hospitalized, no deaths. @FDAFood & @CDCgov report the recalled Del Monte vegetable trays recalled from 6 states are the likely source of this outbreak. https://go.usa.gov/xURTt 
    • ·        The investigation is ongoing with the FDA reviewing distribution & supplier info. Consumers with Cyclospora symptoms (diarrhea, loss of appetite, nausea) should contact their healthcare provider. https://go.usa.gov/xURY7 
    • ·        OUTBREAK UPDATE: #FDA, @CDCgov and partners report 102 new cases today of cyclospora linked to McDonald's salads. We are working with McDonald’s to identify the common ingredients in salads and trace them back through the supply chain. https://go.usa.gov/xURWs 
    • ·        NEXT WEEK: #FDAORA laboratory scientists will share the latest science on the analysis of pesticides, veterinary drug residues, and other chemicals in food at the North American Chemical Residue Workshop @NACRW


  • July 20, 2018 3:47 PM | Amy Bonsell (Administrator)

    July 16, 2018

    Federal Register

    Agriculture Department

    Notices

    Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposals, Submissions, and Approvals

    Title: Field Crops Production

    Filed on: 07/16/2018 at 08:45 am Scheduled Pub. Date: 07/17/2018

    FR Document: 2018-15162  PDF 3 Pages (87.3 KB)  Permalink

     

    Title: Study of School Food Authority (SFA) Procurement Practices

    Filed on: 07/16/2018 at 08:45 am Scheduled Pub. Date: 07/17/2018

    FR Document: 2018-15184  PDF 4 Pages (18.4 KB)  Permalink

     

    Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service

    Notices

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

    Importation of Fruits and Vegetables

    Filed on: 07/16/2018 at 08:45 am Scheduled Pub. Date: 07/17/2018

    FR Document: 2018-15230  PDF 4 Pages (173 KB)  Permalink

     

    FDA

    FDA Investigating Multistate Outbreak of Salmonella Mbandaka Infections Linked to Kellogg’s Honey Smacks Cereal

    FDA Investigates Multistate Outbreak of Cyclospora Illnesses Linked to Del Monte Vegetable Trays

    FDA Advises Consumers to Avoid Potentially Contaminated Fresh Crab Meat Imported from Venezuela due to Vibrio parahaemolyticus

    FDA Investigates Multistate Outbreak of Cyclospora Illnesses Likely Linked to Salads from Fast Food Chain

    Notice of Agency Information Collection Activities; New Animal Drugs for Investigational Use 

    Recalls

    Date

    Brand Name

    Product Description

    Reason/Problem

    Company

    07/12/2018

    King Soopers, Smith’s and more

    Salads

    Undeclared peanuts

    Papa John’s Salads and Produce

    07/06/2018

    Platinum, Slimming Plus and more

    dietary supplements

    Unapproved new drug

    MyNicNaxs, LLC

     

    FSIS

    How to Handle Obsolete Export Certificates

    The Beautiful Pig, Inc. Recalls Ready-To-Eat And Raw Pork And Beef Products Produced Without The Benefit Of Inspection And Shipped Under U.S. Retention

    Jul 13, 2018 | PDF

    • FSIS Posts Updated Dataset on Import Refusals
    • Reminder: Small and Very Small Plant Outreach Survey
    • Abstracts Requested for the Consumer Food Safety Education Conference, March 6-8, 2019
    • Reminder FSIS Webinar on Eliminating the Regulatory Requirements for Destroying Trichinella Spiralis in Pork Product

     

    FNS

    USDA Statement on SNAP Access at Farmers Markets

     

    @FDAfood, @US_FDA, @SGottliebFDA, @FDA_ORA, @FDAMedia, @FDAanimalhealth, @FDArecalls, @FDASpox

    • ·        OUTBREAK UPDATE: @CDCgov reported 227 Cyclospora illnesses linked to recalled Del Monte veggie trays. FDA does not believe these illnesses are related to those possibly linked to McDonald’s salads. Product should no longer be available for purchase: https://go.usa.gov/xQzKr 
    • ·        FOOD WARNING: Consumers should NOT eat any fresh crab meat from Venezuela. Check the label on crab meat that was purchased or verify in restaurants to ensure that it is not imported from Venezuela. https://go.usa.gov/xUkA3 
    • ·        Reporter tip: Did you know #FDA has a Data Dashboard that provides downloadable charts on a range of topics across the agency including recalls, imports, closed inspections, etc. dating back to 2009? Info is updated monthly. http://go.usa.gov/xUkFj 
    • ·        FOOD SAFETY UPDATE: #FDA announced an active investigation into a multistate Cyclospora outbreak potentially associated with McDonald’s salads. McDonald’s voluntarily stopped selling salads at affected restaurants across 14 states. Read more: https://go.usa.gov/xUkMj 
    • ·        I know we updated several outbreak investigations today. It's because we can find them faster and let consumers know about hazards more quickly than ever before. We'll keep providing updates because the info can save lives and protects the public health https://go.usa.gov/xUkMb 
    • ·        #RECALL update: check your cabinet for Kellogg’s #HoneySmacks. Do not eat. The cereal has been linked to #Salmonella infections. Do not buy – retailers should not be selling. http://go.usa.gov/xQtc2 
    • ·        THREAD: We want to alert the public of reports of 15 new Cyclospora illnesses linked to recalled Del Monte vegetable trays sold in IA, IN, MI, MN, WI. #FDA teams continue to investigate these vegetable trays and they should not be available for purchase. https://go.usa.gov/xQzKr 
    • ·        At this time, #FDA and @CDCgov do not believe this Cyclospora outbreak is related to the outbreak of cyclospora illnesses possibly linked to McDonald’s salads. We will provide more information as our investigations continue


    July 17, 2018

    Federal Register

    Agriculture Department

    Notices

    Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposals, Submissions, and Approvals

    Title: Evaluation of the Independent Review of Applications Process

    Filed on: 07/17/2018 at 08:45 am Scheduled Pub. Date: 07/18/2018

    FR Document: 2018-15315  PDF 3 Pages (87.6 KB)  Permalink

     

    FDA

    Recalls

    Date

    Brand Name

    Product Description

    Reason/Problem

    Company

    07/16/2018

    Utz® 

    Carolina Style Barbeque Potato Chips

    due to undeclared soy

    Utz® Quality Foods, LLC

    07/14/2018

    AnnaSea

    Wasabi Ahi Poke Hawaiian Poke Kits, Limu Ahi Poke Hawaiian Poke Kits.

    Due to storage at incorrect temperature

    ALDI

    07/13/2018

    Pictsweet Farms

    Steam’ables Baby Brussels Sprouts

    Because they may contain undeclared milk and soy

    The Pictsweet Company

     

    FSIS

    New Seasons Market Recalls Ready-To-Eat Sesame Noodle Chicken Salad Products Due to Misbranding and Undeclared Allergens

     

    @FDAfood, @US_FDA, @SGottliebFDA, @FDA_ORA, @FDAMedia, @FDAanimalhealth, @FDArecalls, @FDASpox

    • ·        #Pregnant? Visit FDA for resources to help you make good choices about medicines, foods, and other products for you and your baby: http://go.usa.gov/x5PHY 
    • ·        Federal health officials estimate that nearly 48 million people are sickened by food contaminated with harmful germs each year. Fresh produce can become contaminated in many ways. Follow these 7 tips for cleaning fruits and vegetables https://go.usa.gov/xU9VY 
    • ·        Want to know what makes ice cream, well, ice cream? We’ve got a handy infograph #NationalIceCreamMonth https://www.pinterest.com/pin/381680137148057677/ …
    • ·        Utz Quality Foods Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Soy in Utz® Carolina Style Barbeque Potato Chips http://dlvr.it/QblQL2 
    • ·        CDC is investigating a #Cyclospora outbreak among people in 7 Midwestern states, many of whom ate salads from McDonald’s. If you ate salad from McDonald’s in affected areas and have symptoms, see a doctor. For the latest information: http://bit.ly/2ut2sFj .
    • ·        #Cyclospora Outbreak: 61 people sick in 7 Midwestern states. Many ate McDonald’s salads. If you ate McDonald’s salad in this region and got sick with diarrhea, see a doctor. https://go.usa.gov/xUX3u 
    • ·        ALDI Voluntarily Recalls AnnaSea Wasabi Ahi Poke Hawaiian Poke Kits and Limu Ahi Poke Hawaiian Poke Kits Due to Storage at Incorrect Temperature in Area Store http://dlvr.it/QbmmHn 
    • ·        The PictSweet Company Recalls 12 Ounce Steam’ables Baby Brussel Sprouts for Undeclared Milk and Soy Allergens http://dlvr.it/Qbmz8X 
    • ·        We’re at #IFT18! Stop by #FDA Center for Food Safety & Applied Nutrition at Booth S5354 for educational & industry #FoodSafety materials.
    • ·        Handle that fresh summer produce with care! Avoid the germs & follow these 7 tips for cleaning your fruit & veges. https://www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/ConsumerUpdates/ucm256215.htm …
    • ·        FDA finalizes guidance on menu labeling for takeout menus and restaurants. The new labeling guidance ensures that consistent calorie & nutrition info is available for many restaurants/take out foods. MORE: https://go.usa.gov/xQFub 


    July 18, 2018

    Federal Register

    Food and Drug Administration

    Proposed Rules

    Food Additive Petitions (Animal Use):

    Humic Product Trade Assn.; Withdrawal

    Filed on: 07/18/2018 at 08:45 am Scheduled Pub. Date: 07/19/2018

    FR Document: 2018-15394  PDF 2 Pages (84.7 KB)  Permalink

     

    Food Safety and Inspection Service

    Notices

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

    Consumer Research on the Safe Handling Instructions Label for Raw and Partially Cooked Meat and Poultry Products and Labeling Statements for Ready-to-Eat and Not-Ready-to-Eat Products

    Filed on: 07/18/2018 at 08:45 am Scheduled Pub. Date: 07/19/2018

    FR Document: 2018-15462  PDF 16 Pages (252 KB)  Permalink

     

    Food Defense Vulnerability Questionnaire

    Filed on: 07/18/2018 at 08:45 am Scheduled Pub. Date: 07/19/2018

    FR Document: 2018-15461  PDF 9 Pages (221 KB)  Permalink

     

    Food and Nutrition Service

    Notices

    Child and Adult Care Food Program:

    National Average Payment Rates, Day Care Home Food Service Payment Rates, and Administrative Reimbursement Rates for Sponsoring Organizations of Day Care Homes for the Period July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019

    Filed on: 07/18/2018 at 08:45 am Scheduled Pub. Date: 07/19/2018

    FR Document: 2018-15464  PDF 8 Pages (98.4 KB)  Permalink

     

    National School Lunch, Special Milk, and School Breakfast Programs, National Average Payments/Maximum Reimbursement Rates

    Filed on: 07/18/2018 at 08:45 am Scheduled Pub. Date: 07/19/2018

    FR Document: 2018-15465  PDF 11 Pages (107 KB)  Permalink

     

    Environmental Protection Agency

    Notices

    Pesticide Product Registrations; Applications:

    New Active Ingredients

    Filed on: 07/18/2018 at 08:45 am Scheduled Pub. Date: 07/19/2018

    FR Document: 2018-15463  PDF 12 Pages (313 KB)  Permalink

     

    New Uses

    Filed on: 07/18/2018 at 08:45 am Scheduled Pub. Date: 07/19/2018

    FR Document: 2018-15448  PDF 7 Pages (294 KB)  Permalink

     

    FDA

    New York-based food processors agree to stop food preparation operations due to food safety violations

    Recalls

    Date

    Brand Name

    Product Description

    Reason/Problem

    Company

    07/17/2018

    Hy-Vee 

    Spring Pasta Salad

    May be contaminated with Salmonella

    Hy-Vee

    Warning Letters

    Letter Issue Date

    Company Name

    Issuing Office

    Subject

    Close Out Date

    07/09/2018

    Roorda Dairy

    Kansas City District Office

    Food/Edible Tissue/Drug Residue/Adulterated

    Not Issued *

    07/06/2018

    Aegle Nutrition LLC

    Dallas District Office

    CGMP/Dietary Supplement/Adulterated/Misbranded

    Not Issued *

    07/03/2018

    AniCell Biotech

    Los Angeles District Office

    Unapproved New Animal Drug/Adultered

    Not Issued *

    06/29/2018

    Holy Land Brand Inc.

    Minneapolis District Office

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

    Not Issued *

     

    FSIS

    Smithfield Packaged Meats Corp. Recalls Pepperoni Five Cheese Calzone Products Due to Possible Extraneous Material Contamination

     

    @FDAfood, @US_FDA, @SGottliebFDA, @FDA_ORA, @FDAMedia, @FDAanimalhealth, @FDArecalls, @FDASpox

    • ·        Don’t miss the conversation about the #FSMA training, outreach & implementation strategy for produce at #IFT18 – Tues, July 17, 2:15-3:45
    • ·        Enforcement action: Two NY-based food processors agreed with #FDA and @TheJusticeDept to end food prep because their facility was contaminated with L. mono until they can prove the facility meets standards. Read more: https://go.usa.gov/xUXhA 
    • ·        #FDA and @theJusticeDept entered into a consent decree with two NY-based food processors who agreed to stop food prep due to Listeria contamination until they can comply with federal law. Read more about the agreement: https://go.usa.gov/xUXhA 
    • ·        New York-based food processors agree to stop food preparation operations due to food safety violations https://go.usa.gov/xU534 
    • ·        It’s #hurricaneseason. Are you prepared? Do your know how to keep food & water safe?https://www.fda.gov/forconsumers/consumerupdates/ucm403865.htm …
    • ·        PRODUCT RECALL: FDA is working with Hy-Vee to recall Spring Pasta Salad potentially linked to 20 illnesses in MN, SD, NE, & IA. FDA and @CDCgov are investigating and will provide more info soon. Hy-Vee removed the product yesterday from all their stores https://tinyurl.com/ybrpkrjz 
    • ·        Hy-Vee Voluntarily Recalls Spring Pasta Salad Due to Reported Illnesses http://dlvr.it/QbvjhZ 


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