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Laws and Regulations Committee Update - May 20 - 21, 2020

May 21, 2020 10:35 AM | Amy Bonsell (Administrator)

May 20, 2020

Federal Register

Agriculture Department


Coronavirus Food Assistance Program

Filed on: 05/20/2020 at 8:45 am Scheduled Pub. Date: 05/21/2020

FR Document: 2020-11025 PDF 40 Pages (447 KB) Permalink



USDA, FDA Strengthen U.S. Food Supply Chain Protections

Memorandum of Understanding between FDA and USDA Regarding the Potential Use of the Defense Production Act with Regard to FDA-Regulated Food During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Warning Letters

Posted Date

Issue Date

Company Name

Issuing Office




K D Singh Enterprises LLC

Division of Northeast Imports

Foreign Supplier Verification Program (FSVP)



Lose Fat Gain Life M&B

Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN)

Unapproved New Drugs/Misbranded



Rajshree International, Inc.

Division of West Coast Imports

Foreign Supplier Verification Program (FSVP)



New Spirit Naturals Inc.

Division of Human and Animal Food Operations West V

New Drug/Misbranded



Smoked Salmon Unlimited d.b.a. H. Forman & Son


Seafood HACCP/CGMP for Foods/Adulterated/Insanitary Conditions



Guidance on the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce (Version 3.1, Updated May 19, 2020)



USDA Announces Details of Direct Assistance to Farmers through the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program, Farmers and Ranchers to Receive Direct Support for Losses Related to COVID-19


White House

Remarks by President Trump on Supporting our Nation’s Farmers, Ranchers, and Food Supply Chain



  • ·       Our ag community is facing an unprecedented situation as our nation tackles COVID-19. @JanetAdkison, @Barb4Hmom & USTR’s Chief Agricultural Negotiator Gregg Doud covered a lot of topics on this last night on @OfficialRFDTV’s Rural Town Hall. Watch HERE: …
  • ·       Just spoke with @BasilJohnNews about @USDA’s CFAP payments, which will help keep farmers afloat while market demand returns as our nation reopens & recovers.Our farmers are resilient & will get through this challenge just like they always do with faith, hard work & determination.
  • ·       RT @USApple: United Apple Sales in N.Y. is participating in @USDA Farmers to Families Food Box distribution. USDA is distributing up to $3b of ag products to those in need, which helps families impacted by COVID-19, and also ag employees by sustaining jobs to fill the boxes. #appleheroes
  • ·       RT @USDA_AMS: Specialty crop producers that fall into one of three categories may be eligible to receive a direct payment: …
  • ·       .@realDonaldTrump authorized @USDA to ensure our patriotic farmers, ranchers, and producers are supported. We are moving quickly to open applications to get payments out the door and into the pockets of farmers. More HERE: …
  • ·       These payments will help keep farmers afloat while market demand returns as our nation reopens and recovers. America’s farmers are resilient and will get through this challenge just like they always do with faith, hard work, and determination.


  • ·       Wondering if disinfectant sprays or wipes can be used on your skin to prevent the spread of #COVID19? The answer is NO Disinfectant sprays or wipes are not intended for use on humans or animals and should only be used on hard, non-porous surfaces.
  • ·       Worried about food #allergies? Here's what you need to know about the 8 major food allergens that must appear on the label:  #FoodAllergyAwareness
  • ·       Want to know what you can do to make a difference during the #COVID19 pandemic? Here are some ways you and your family can help:


  • ·       RT @NCIPrevention: Updates to the Nutrition Facts label include bolder and larger type for calories and serving sizes (1 & 2), updating of how much specific nutrients contribute to a daily diet (3), and singling out specific nutrients, such as added sugars (4). Learn more:


Imported products considered “higher-risk” & entry submissions with incomplete or inaccurate information can be flagged for additional review by #FDAORA to determine the admissibility of the product. LEARN MORE:

May 21, 2020

Federal Register

Farm Service Agency

Proposed Rules

Funding Availability:

Coronavirus Food Assistance Program Additional Commodities Request for Information

Filed on: 05/20/2020 at 4:15 pm Scheduled Pub. Date: 05/22/2020

FR Document:2020-11155 PDF 12 Pages (113 KB) Permalink


Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service


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

  • -          Conditions for Payment of Avian Influenza Indemnity Claims

Filed on: 05/21/2020 at 8:45 am Scheduled Pub. Date: 05/22/2020

FR Document: 2020-11075 PDF 4 Pages (98.7 KB) Permalink

  • -          Environmental Monitoring

Filed on: 05/21/2020 at 8:45 am Scheduled Pub. Date: 05/22/2020

FR Document: 2020-11076 PDF 4 Pages (175 KB) Permalink


Environmental Protection Agency

Proposed Rules

Exemption from the Requirement of a Pesticide Tolerance:

Dipropylene Glycol and Triethylene Glycol

Filed on:05/21/2020 at 8:45 am Scheduled Pub. Date: 05/22/2020

FR Document:2020-10805 PDF 11 Pages (158 KB) Permalink


Food and Nutrition Service



2020 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee; Draft Report

Filed on: 05/21/2020 at 8:45 am Scheduled Pub. Date: 05/22/2020

FR Document:2020-11018 PDF 7 Pages (202 KB) Permalink





Brand Name



Recall Reason



Biota Biosciences

Cannabidiol (CBD) Complex, Curcumin Complex, Cannabidiol + Curcumin


Unapproved new drug

Biota Biosciences, LLC



Home Fresh Starter AMP Crumble

Animal & Veterinary, Livestock Feed

Elevated Salt Levels

Kent Nutrition Group



USDA Files Action Against JLD Inc., d/b/a North Country Wholesale in New Hampshire for Alleged PACA Violations

USDA Issues a Packers and Stockyards Complaint Against Minnix Cattle Company LLC and Gregory A. Minnix


White House

Executive Order on Regulatory Relief to Support Economic Recovery



  • ·       To ensure Americans have continued access to a safe and robust food supply, FDA and @USDA announced that the agencies signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to support the U.S. food and agriculture sector.
  • ·       As part of our effort to ensure access to a safe & robust food supply during #COVID19, FDA & @USDA announced a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to help prevent interruptions at FDA-regulated food facilities, including fruit & vegetable processing. …
  • ·       This action is another in a series of proactive steps @USDA & @US_FDA have taken to mitigate unprecedented disruptions in food supply chains caused by the #COVID19 pandemic, including issuing guidances & exercising regulatory flexibility.
  • ·       We are grateful to essential workers in the food & agriculture sector for all they do each day to keep our pantries, refrigerators & freezers stocked. As we work to get through the current challenge together, we remain staunchly committed to workers’ safety.



  • ·       There is currently no evidence of human or animal food or food packaging being associated with transmission of #COVID19. Learn how to protect yourself and your family while shopping for & preparing food during the pandemic
  • ·       What are GMOs? What are non-GMOs? #FeedYourMind with science-based answers on a new website from FDA.


  • ·       Checking cosmetic labels for specific ingredients? Keep in mind that cosmetic ingredients must be listed by their common or usual names, generally in descending order of predominance.

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