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  • January 19, 2015 2:17 PM | Anonymous

    AAFCO is excited to announce its fourth proficiency-testing program: the AAFCO Minerals Program. This quarterly offering focuses on minerals of health and toxicological importance in the food chain at concentrations of health or toxicological significance. Minerals will be spiked into the feed materials to achieve desired concentrations that are not available in the AAFCO monthly Check Sample Program. The primary interest is feed materials, but whenever possible materials of interest in both the food and feed sectors will be incorporated. Planned materials for 2015 are poultry layer feed, rice, dairy or swine feed, and dog food to encompass materials of interest to both feed and food laboratories.

    The cost for the Mineral Program for 2015 is $300/year including shipping to the US or Canada. As with all AAFCO programs, materials will be shipped on a regular basis for tests and will be pre-ground. Reports will be generated with AAFCO-specific codes and units to allow for analysis of the performance of individual methods or method types. Reported results will be analyzed statistically and participants will be provided with performance scores for each analyte and method reported. Report cards and consensus reports will be available for download from AAFCO’s Data Reporting website.

    The Minerals Program is the newest of AAFCO’s four proficiency testing programs. Other tests include the monthly AAFCO Check sample program, the Pet Food program, and the Mycotoxin Contaminants program. The Check Sample program begins in January and provides monthly shipments of a variety of feeds and supplements with nutrients, drugs, antibiotics, minerals, and vitamins at levels typically encountered in commercial products. The quarterly Pet Food Program, introduced in 2013, starts in February and provides shipments of pet food ingredients derived from animal or plant sources. The quarterly Mycotoxin Contaminants Program debuted in 2014 and provides shipments of animal feed or pet food contaminated with naturally incurred afflatoxins, fumonisins, deoxynivlaenol, zeraralenone, ochratoxin A, and T-2 toxin.

    The Minerals Program is available worldwide. For North American customers, shipping via the US Postal Service is included in the price. For international customers, shipping options include express mail from the US Postal Service, which includes tracking, for an additional $200/year or a courier service using the receiver's account. International options vary for other AAFCO programs.

    AAFCO Is currently accepting subscriptions for all four 2015 programs at http://www.aafco.org/Laboratory/Proficiency-Testing-Programs.

  • January 19, 2015 2:09 PM | Anonymous


    As the immediate past recipient of the Harvey W. Wiley Award it is with great pleasure that I serve as this year’s chairman of the 2015 AFDO Harvey W. Wiley Award selection committee.  At this time I am requesting nominations of outstanding regulatory and honorary AFDO members for this prestigious award, which will be presented at the AFDO Conference at the Awards Banquet on Tuesday, June 23, 2015.  

    Along with the nomination, I am requesting a brief resume of the nominee, his/her accomplishments, and contributions to AFDO and his/her Affiliate.  Please send your nominations by March 1, 2015 at rklein@afdo.org.  

    The Harvey W. Wiley Award is presented annually to a regulatory or honorary AFDO member for exceptional service in the performance of duties, and responsibilities in the administration and enforcement of food, drug and product safety and other consumer protection laws, and who demonstrates the promotion of the objectives of the Association of Food and Drug Officials.  Thank you for taking your time to participate with your nomination to honor one of our well deserving members.

    Sincerely,

    Ron Klein

  • January 19, 2015 1:40 PM | Anonymous


    Richard Moats was born on October 22, 1926 in Aurora, West Virginia to Wade Howard Moats and Bertha Moats. In 1943, he joined the U.S. Navy midway through his senior year of high school and was assigned to the USS New Orleans which was a heavy cruiser that was part of the Pacific Fleet during World War II. After the war, he remained in the Naval Reserves for 12 years. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in environmental science and secondary education from Fairmont State University. He worked at the A&P where he met his loving wife Jeanette Moats. Richard and Jeanette were married on December 10, 1949 in Oakland, MD. Richard worked as the Director of Milk and Food for the West Virginia State Health Department for 17 years. While working for the Health Department, he earned his Master’s Degree in Public Health from the University of Minnesota. In 1965 he joined the Commissioned Corps of the United States Public Health Service. He was stationed in Boston, Massachusetts as the regional representative for the Environmental Control Administration. Richard started working for the Food and Drug Administration in 1973 as the Director of the States Services Branch in the Division of Federal-State Relations [DFSR]. While at DFSR, he developed the communication system for notifying state health departments of product recalls so these products could promptly be removed from domestic channels. Because of his many achievements in the area of food protection, he would earn the Association of Food and Drug Official’s highest award, the Harvey W. Wiley Award in 1990. Richard retired from the FDA in 1988 and enjoyed spending the winter months in Florida with his wife. He loved fishing for largemouth bass with his son Ron, gardening with his wife, keeping up with political news and watching Orioles baseball and the Redskins. Richard was a true family man who adored his children and grandchildren.

    Richard is survived by his beloved wife of 65, years, Jeanette Moats of Burtonsville, MD; his son Ron Moats of Burtonsville, MD and his daughter Sandra Hamke and her husband Jeff Hamke of La Plata, MD. He was the adored “PaPaw” to Cynthia Ann Wagner of Biloxi, MS and Andrew Tyler Hamke of La Plata, MD. He was the loving brother of William Moats from Windridge, PA, Dick Moats of Fairmont, WV and sister Dorothy Mays of Pennsylvania. He will be dearly missed by his family and friends.

  • December 22, 2014 2:36 PM | Anonymous


    NSF International Job Posting at  http://www.nsf.org/about-nsf/careers/ 

    Manager of Environmental Health Programs

    NSF Regulatory Affairs Department

    NSF International is an independent organization that certifies products and writes standards for food, water and consumer goods to minimize adverse health effects and protect the environment (www.nsf.org). Founded in 1944, NSF is committed to protecting public health and safety worldwide. NSF is a World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Food and Water Safety and Indoor Environment.

    Build awareness of NSF among state, regional, county and local health departments and other regulatory and agency officials, develop and advance working relationships, and advance the NSF mission including greater use, reliance and reference to NSF standards, certifications and related third-party services.

    • Responsible for educating state, regional, county and local health agencies and food regulators in the awareness of NSF standards and certification / registration / and inspection programs.
    • Identify, track and provide recommendations for input to legislative and regulatory changes to environmental health codes and ordinances.
    • Visit and correspond with health agencies and environmental health regulators; identify emerging needs and issues; and report to NSF program offices coordinating response/actions back to the regulatory contact.
    • Coordinate with NSF departmental managers on a quarterly basis to identify regulatory drivers and constraints and determine the necessary actions to close gaps for the following programs:
      a) Food Equipment, Commercial Foodservice and Processor
      b) Drinking Water Devices and Additives
      c) Retail Food Safety Inspection
      d) Recreational Water (Pools and Spas)
      e) Non Food Compounds and Green Chemistry
      f) Sustainability
      g) Onsite Wastewater Programs
      h) New and emerging programs
    • Provide regular communications to state and local regulators, and work closely with program offices to set priorities on regulatory needs coordinating expertise when necessary.
    • Coordinate and staff NSF exhibits as assigned at state and national conferences.
    • Deliver professional presentations in support of NSF standards, certification, registration, and inspection programs.
    • Monitor and provide timely responses to regulatory inquiries for information.
    • Serve as needed on Internal and External committees/task groups as a subject matter expert.
    • Coordinate and provide relevant information to regulatory groups where exhibits are sent.
    • Develop/Maintain database of contacts at health departments and agencies at the state, county, city and local levels; specifically to:
      a) Track information relevant to primacy issues
      b) Maintain regular communications with key members of this group
      c) Establish and improve NSF partnerships with health departments and agencies.
    • Other duties as assigned.

    REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:

    • Bachelor’s degree in related field such as sciences, environmental health, etc..
    • A minimum of five (5) years experience working in an administrative capacity (Supervisor or higher) at a health department or a related regulatory agency.
    • Experience with Microsoft Office Applications (Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint)
    • Experience with database management programs
    • Ability to travel nationally 50% of the time.
    • Demonstrated ability to work independently.

    PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:

    • 10 years experience in environmental health,.
    • MPH / RS / REHS / CFSP
    • Experience with Professional Organizations such as CFP, NEHA, AFDO, etc.

    PHYSICAL DEMAND:

    • Most work is completed in an office environment.  Some work is completed at a client location.
    • Required to sit for long periods of time.
    • Light physical effort required (ability to move up to 25lbs. from one area to another).
    • Ability to travel by car or plane.

    No phone calls, faxes or postal mail please.
    *Smoke free work environment*
    NSF and its subsidiaries are EO/AA employers - we welcome and encourage diversity in our workplace
    NSF is a registered user of the E-Verify employment eligibility verification system

    Up to 50% Travel



  • December 22, 2014 1:54 PM | Anonymous

    Northeast Food and Drug Officials Association

    Annual Educational Conference

    May 6-8, 2015

    Sheraton Burlington Hotel & Conference Center

    870 Williston Road

    Burlington, Vermont   05403

     

    For further information you may contact:  Pattie Kaczynski, NEFDOA Executive Director

    by email at patricia.kaczynski@ct.gov or at (860) 713-6101


  • November 25, 2014 3:43 PM | Anonymous


    Agricultural Marketing Service

    Proposed Rules: Honey Packers and Importers Research, Promotion, Consumer Education and Information Order: Assessment Rate Increase

    Rules: Process for Establishing Rates Charged for Services

    Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service

    Notices: Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposals, Submissions, and Approvals: Importation of Mangoes from Australia Federal Trade Commission

    FTC Will Keep Retail Food Store Advertising and Marketing Practices Rule

    Food and Drug Administration

    FDA Investigates Listeria monocytogenes in Sprouts from Wholesome Soy Products, Inc.

    Rules: Food Labeling: Calorie Labeling of Articles of Food in Vending Machines

    FDA finalizes menu and vending machine calorie labeling rules

    FDA to Present ADUFA III Process Enhancements Live Webinar

    Guidance for Industry: Questions and Answers Regarding Food Facility Registration (Sixth Edition)

    Notices: Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposals, Submissions, and Approvals: Notification of a Health Claim or Nutrient Content Claim Based on an Authoritative Statement of a Scientific Body

    Substances Prohibited from Use in Animal Food or Feed

    Rules: Division of Freedom of Information: Change of Office Name, and Removal of Address, Telephone Number, and Fax Number; Amendments

    Notices: Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposals, Submissions, and Approvals: Export of Food and Drug Administration Regulated Products: Export Certificates

    United States Department of Agriculture

    WIC: Improving the Nutrition and Health of Families’ for Forty Years

    USDA Food Safety Tips for Areas Affected by Winter Storm Warnings

    How to Submit a Question in askFSIS

    USDA Helps Open and Expand Export Markets for U.S. Agriculture

    Secretary Vilsack Appoints New Members to the National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and Economics Advisory Board

    Delay in Verification Activities for Final Rule on Modernization of Poultry

    Hog HIMP Evaluation Posted


  • November 25, 2014 1:25 PM | Anonymous

    IFPTI's signature regulatory, future leaders program, the Fellowship in Food Protection, is now accepting applications for Cohort V (2015-2016), and we need your help.

    Do you know any "up-and-coming" professionals in federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial regulatory food protection agencies in the United States? Please be a Fellowship Ambassador and encourage these individuals to apply to the program.

    If you (or someone you know) are interested in joining Fellowship Cohort V, please visit our website.

    Applications are due March 1, 2015.


  • November 25, 2014 1:16 PM | Anonymous

    November 21, 2015 -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is providing an update to Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) 225-14-009 with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS). The MOU, which was signed on April 30, 2014 and created at the instruction of Congress, outlines the transfer of primary regulatory oversight of domestically produced and imported Siluriformes fish and fish products that will become effective when the final rule is issued and after implementation of an orderly, phased transition plan that has been developed by both parties. The MOU is intended to improve interagency cooperation on food safety and fraud prevention and to maximize the effectiveness of personnel and resources related to examination and inspection of Siluriformes fish and fish products, including commercial catfish, basa, pangasius, and swai/tra.

    At this time, a final rule has not been issued and published in the Federal Register and the FDA will continue to have primary regulatory oversight over Siluriformes fish and fish products in the interim until the final rule has been issued and the specific timeline for transfer of primary regulatory oversight has been established.

    After transfer of primary regulatory oversight for Siluriformes fish and fish products from FDA to FSIS occurs in the future in the manner indicated above (i.e., final rule issued and specific timeline for transfer established/implemented), the FDA will no longer inspect Siluriformes fish and fish products at domestic and foreign establishments that grow, slaughter, or process such fish and fish products unless requested by FSIS. Additionally, the FDA will not sample or analyze Silurformes fish and fish products bearing an official USDA inspection legend or an official USDA import mark unless requested by FSIS. The FDA will continue to exercise regulatory oversight over all other fish and fish products.

    The FDA and FSIS will continue to provide updates as more information becomes available. The FDA also encourages our state partners to begin discussing any potential state legislative or inspection program changes that may need to be implemented in the future after the transfer of primary regulatory oversight of Siluriformes fish and fish products to the FSIS has been completed.

    For more information, please see the attached May 9, 2014 Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN) Constituent Update regarding the announcement of the MOU. A copy of the CFSAN Constituent Update and MOU 225-14-009 can also be viewed at the website provided below.
    http://www.fda.gov/food/newsevents/constituentupdates/ucm396546.htm

    This message is being broadcast by the Division of Communications, Office of Communications and Quality Program Management.
    Thank you,

    FDA/ORA
    Office of Communications and Quality Program Management/
    Division of Communications
    Mailbox: DivComm-ORA@fda.hhs.gov


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