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Laws and Regulations Committee Update 4/15/19

April 19, 2019 9:28 AM | Amy Bonsell (Administrator)

April 15, 2019

Federal Register

Food and Drug Administration


Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposals, Submissions, and Approvals

Filed on: 04/15/2019 at 8:45 am Scheduled Pub. Date: 04/16/2019

FR Document: 2019-07467 PDF 2 Pages (85.3 KB) Permalink

  • ·        Approved information collections, including the Labeling of Certain Beers Subject to the Labeling Jurisdiction of the FDA


Agricultural Marketing Service

Proposed Rules

Handling Regulations:

Tomatoes Grown in Florida

Filed on: 04/15/2019 at 8:45 am Scheduled Pub. Date: 04/16/2019

FR Document: 2019-07530 PDF 20 Pages (353 KB) Permalink






Product Description




Caito Foods, Renaissance Food Group, Open Acres, Garden Highway and others.

Fresh cut watermelon, honeydew, cantaloupe and mixed fruit melons

Potential for Salmonella Carrau

Caito Foods

Warning Letters

Letter Issue Date

Company Name

Issuing Office


Close Out Date


Marukyo Co., Ltd.

Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition

Acidified Foods/Emergency Permit Control/Adulterated/Misbranded

Not Issued *


Catnip Cocktail

Los Angeles District Office

New Animal Drug/Adulterated

Not Issued *




USDA Publishes SNAP Final Rule; Implements Key Eligibility Reforms, Safeguards

USDA Update on Farm Bill Implementation Progress



Apr 12, 2019 | PDF

  • FSIS Labs Add New Method to Analyze Dyes in Siluriformes
  • FSIS Posts Updated Dataset on Imports
  • FSIS Announces Eligibility of Honduras to Export Raw Poultry Products to the United States
  • FSIS Proposes Changes to Publication Method for Lists of Eligible Exporting Countries


Product Recalled

Date of Recall

046-2019 Denver Processing LLC Recalls Raw Pork and Beef Products Produced Without Benefit of Inspection

Apr 12, 2019



USDA Announces Reopening of Public Comment Period for Draft Environmental Impact Statement and Preliminary Plant Pest Risk Assessment for GE Citrus Tristeza Virus Permit




Document #




State Agency Food Safety Inspections Report for SY 2018-19



USDA Shelf Stable Chicken Purchase Program Announced April 9, 2019



iSpring, Marketer of Water Filtration Systems to Pay $110,000 Civil Penalty for Deceptive Made-in-USA Advertisements in Violation of 2017 Order

Joint Statement of Commissioners Noah Joshua Phillips and Christine S. Wilson Concerning U.S. v. iSpring Water Systems, LLC. et al.




  • ·        #OUTBREAK ALERT: @US_FDA and @CDCgov, along w/ state & local officials, are investigating a multi-state outbreak of Salmonella Carrau infections likely linked to pre-cut melons distributed by Caito Foods. Company has issued a recall for affected products.
  • ·        #FDA is advising consumers not to eat pre-cut melon products produced at the Caito Foods facility in Indianapolis, Indiana. Caito Foods distributed products produced at this facility in IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, MI, MI, MO, NE, NY, NC, OH, PA, TN, WV, and WI.
  • ·        #RECALL: Caito Foods is recalling products that contain pre-cut melons. However, consumers may still have these products in their possession and are advised to discard, and not eat them. For store and product info, read more:


  • ·        [retweet @RushdiSiddiqui] The impact of @FrankYiannasFDA ... Great to see the @US_FDA thinking like a @startup, with #4IR tech like #blockchain, where it is taking a holistic approach to disrupt concerns on #foodsafety, tracing, etc., as directly impact public health..
  • ·        @US_FDA and @CDCgov are announcing an outbreak likely linked to pre-cut melon from a Catio Foods facility in Indiana. Using this information, we’ve quickly worked with the company and retailers to recall the products from the marketplace.
  • ·        We’ll continue our trace back investigation from the facility to determine what country the imported melons were from how they became contaminated. Consumers can protect themselves by discarding any product that may still be in their fridge or freezer.
  • ·        Responding to food safety problems is a vital part of FDA’s mission & to protecting consumers from further exposure. While we’ve taken quick action to warn consumers about these recalled pre-cut melon products, work remains to address the risks & find the source of contamination.
  • ·        #FDA and Indiana State Health Department are investigating Caito Foods’ facility & will conduct an inspection that’ll help identify the actions the company will need to take to prevent an outbreak like this from happening again. We’ll continue to provide updates as we learn more.
  • ·        It’s good to see another retailer pursuing modernization of their food traceability capabilities. It’s time to replace the one step-up & one-step, paper based paradigm with a more modern, end-to-end, real-time, industry norm. #traceability #blockchain



  • ·        E. COLI OUTBREAK from ground beef; 109 illnesses in 6 states. No brand identified yet. If preparing ground beef, cook thoroughly to kill germs and wash hands, kitchen surfaces with soap and water after touching raw meat.
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