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  • August 24, 2018 2:35 PM | Amy Bonsell (Administrator)

    August 17, 2018

    Federal Register

    Food and Drug Administration

    Rules

    Guidance:

    Questions and Answers Regarding Food Facility Registration (Seventh Edition)

    Filed on: 08/17/2018 at 08:45 am Scheduled Pub. Date: 08/20/2018

    FR Document: 2018-17853  PDF 5 Pages (100 KB)  Permalink

     

    Proposed Rules

    Guidance:

    Supplemental Questions and Answers Regarding Food Facility Registration

    Filed on: 08/17/2018 at 08:45 am Scheduled Pub. Date: 08/20/2018

    FR Document: 2018-17852  PDF 5 Pages (191 KB)  Permalink

     

    Agriculture Department

    Notices

    Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposals, Submissions, and Approvals

    Title: Voluntary Recalls of Meat and Poultry Products

    Filed on: 08/17/2018 at 08:45 am Scheduled Pub. Date: 08/20/2018

    FR Document: 2018-17881  PDF 5 Pages (117 KB)  Permalink

     

    Food and Nutrition Service

    Notices

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

    Special Milk Program for Children

    Filed on: 08/17/2018 at 08:45 am Scheduled Pub. Date: 08/20/2018

    FR Document: 2018-17841  PDF 6 Pages (80.9 KB)  Permalink

     

    Study of School Food Authority Procurement Practices

    Filed on: 08/17/2018 at 08:45 am Scheduled Pub. Date: 08/20/2018

    FR Document: 2018-17840  PDF 9 Pages (163 KB)  Permalink

     

    FDA

    FDA Extends the Public Comment Period for the Comprehensive, Multi-Year Nutrition Innovation Strategy

    FDA Issues Guidance Documents on Food Facility Registration

     

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

    • ·        The comment period for FDA’s #NutritionInnovation Strategy will be extended 45 days in response to interested persons requesting additional time to offer statements. Be sure to submit your comment(s) to the docket by October 11! http://go.usa.gov/xUPhT 
    • ·        OUTBREAK UPDATE: As of 8/16/18, a total of 476 laboratory-confirmed cases of #Cyclospora infection were reported in people who consumed salads from #McDonalds restaurants; the cases were reported by 15 states. https://go.usa.gov/xUvfw 
    • ·        The investigation is ongoing and the #FDA is currently reviewing distribution & supplier info for romaine & carrots. Consumers with Cyclospora symptoms (diarrhea, loss of appetite, nausea) should contact their healthcare provider. https://go.usa.gov/xUvfw 

     

    August 20, 2018

     

    FDA

    Draft Guidance for Industry: Supplemental Questions and Answers Regarding Food Facility Registration 

    Questions and Answers Regarding Food Facility Registration (Seventh Edition) 

    GRAS

    GRN No.

    Substance

    Date of Closure

    FDA’s Letter

    803

    Pea protein

     

    Pending

     

    FSIS

    Aug 17, 2018 | PDF

    • FSIS Extends Comment Period for Petition on “Product of U.S.A.” Labeling Claim
    • FSIS  Retail Exemptions Adjusted Dollar Limitations 
    • USDA Provides Food Safety Tips to Keep Foodborne Illness Out of the Classroom
    • FSIS To Update Individual Salmonella Category Status for Poultry Carcass Establishments and Aggregate Results for Chicken Parts, Comminuted Poultry and Poultry Carcasses Tested for Salmonella and Campylobacter

     

    AMS

    USDA Maintains Pork Grade Standards

     

    OEHHA

    Announcement of the Carcinogen Identification Committee Meeting Scheduled for November 1, 2018 and Availability of Hazard Identification Materials for N-Nitrosohexamethyleneimine and Gentian Violet

     

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

    • ·        Recall Alert: World Organix is voluntarily recalling their kratom products as they were found to contain high counts of various bacteria, including Salmonella, Clostridium difficile, Klebsiella pneumoniae and Pseudomonas aeruginosa. https://go.usa.gov/xUe3b 
    • ·        Recall Alert: Zakah Life is voluntarily recalling four kratom products after their products tested positive for salmonella. https://go.usa.gov/xUe3W 
    • ·        OUTBREAK UPDATE: @cdcgov reported 40 new cyclospora illnesses from Fresh Express lettuce mostly used by McDonalds. No product should be available for consumers. https://go.usa.gov/xUvfw 
    • ·        In July, #FDA warned that a high proportion of kratom and kratom-containing products may be contaminated with salmonella. This week, 2 more companies recalled their kratom products which were found to have salmonella and other bacteria, like c. diff. https://go.usa.gov/xUe34 
    • ·        There are no proven medical uses for kratom and #FDA strongly discourages the public from consuming it. Kratom is an opioid and it's an inherently addictive product that can cause harm, which is reason enough not to consume it, but also may make users sick https://go.usa.gov/xUe3T 
    • ·        If you or a loved one are addicted to the opioid kratom, treatment options are available. #FDA approved medications combined w/counseling & behavioral therapies can help regain control of your life, transition to one of sobriety. Please consult your doctor https://go.usa.gov/xUe3N 
    • ·        Thawing frozen food? Never thaw food at room temp, like on the counter top. There are 3 safe places to defrost food: refrigerator, cold water, & microwave. Food thawed in cold water or in the microwave should be cooked immediately. https://go.usa.gov/xUFFZ 
    • ·        Deaths and adverse events from the opioid Kratom are on the rise - Aug 16, The Philadelphia Inquirer. Consumers should take measure of these risks. Safe, effective treatments are available for those suffering from addiction
    • ·        Consumers want and expect safe, wholesome and affordable food. They deserve nothing less. In today’s #FDA #SUNDAYTWEETORIAL I’m talking about what steps the FDA, the states and produce farmers are taking - in collaboration - to ensure the safety of fresh fruits and vegetables.
    • ·        We hear too often about food safety concerns involving fresh fruit and vegetables -most recently the outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 infections associated with romaine lettuce from the Yuma growing region, the largest such outbreak in the U.S. in more than 10 years.
    • ·        From 1998-2008 there were 455 produce-associated food outbreaks, with more than 16,000 people becoming ill, more than twice the number of produce-associated illnesses from 1973-1997. This is a significant public health burden that should be largely preventable.
    • ·        These trends prompted Congress to pass the Food Safety Modernization Act of 2010 (FSMA) which transformed our food safety system, including our approach to produce safety, from one that responds to contamination to one that prevents it in the first place https://bit.ly/2KTiQEC 
    • ·        During my previous tenures at #FDA, preventing and handling outbreaks was frustrating and challenging because we lacked the necessary tools. It taught me the importance of preventive steps and a modern safety framework like FSMA.
    • ·        FSMA requires #FDA to establish science-based, minimum standards for the safe growing, harvesting, packing and holding of produce on farms to minimize the presence of potentially dangerous contamination that could cause serious adverse health consequences or death.
    • ·        After extensive public outreach in meetings, webinars, listening session and farm visits, we issued the Nov. 2015 Produce Safety Final Rule https://bit.ly/2MFizXl  to implement these standards. Congress told us to make the rule practical, flexible and effective, and we did that.
    • ·        The new standards address agricultural water quality; employee health and hygiene; soil amendments of animal origin (compost and manure); equipment, tools and buildings; and domesticated and wild animals. These areas were identified as sources of contamination in the past.
    • ·        Essential for success is creating an integrated food safety system that emphasizes education and culture change and requires industry, academia, and government to work together to promote best practices and support compliance strategies.
    • ·        But getting the rule ready for prime-time is hard. We’ve learned that some provisions, including agricultural water, require further consideration. We've taken a flexible approach. We’ve pushed back inspections. We’ve created structures for continued collaboration and education.
    • ·        The 1st major compliance date for large farms was in January. But routine inspections will not begin until spring of 2019 to give time for more guidance, training, technical assistance and planning. Small farm compliance dates are forthcoming https://bit.ly/2BboORu .
    • ·        Since states are often the most familiar with their farmers’ growing and harvesting practices, we will rely on them to conduct most routine inspections. #FDA has provided 46 states with $32.5 million for State Produce Safety Programs to implement standards in their communities.
    • ·        Training farmers is critical and a number of training opportunities are available. The Produce Safety Alliance https://bit.ly/2w6pJNs  has trained 25,000 farmers both here and abroad at 1,000+ courses. To leverage resources, it has also conducted 66 train-the trainer courses.
    • ·        The National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA), in collaboration with FDA, has developed an On-Farm Readiness Review (OFRR) program. Food safety experts conduct free, voluntary, non-regulatory visits to farms to observe practices & provide constructive input
    • ·        After successful pilot runs, OFRR is being rolled out this summer. NASDA is also training those who will conduct these audits with 14 training sessions already completed and is working with states to set up mechanisms for farms to request OFRRs. @NASDAnews
    • ·        I had the opportunity to join an informal OFRR visit to the Willis family farm in OR, engaging in a frank discussion about the issues local farmers face in meeting the Produce Safety Rule requirements. My appreciation for the hardworking American farming community only deepened.
    • ·        To support stakeholder implementation of the rule, #FDA stood up the Produce Safety Network - produce safety experts from our food center (CFSAN) and specialized investigators from the Office of Regulatory Affairs who are located across the country.
    • ·        We are also partnering with USDA to make sure that USDA’s harmonized good agricultural practices (HGAP) audit program is fully aligned with FSMA to help growers around the country comply with the Produce Rule requirements.
    • ·        The Produce International Partnership for Education and Outreach is coordinating an international outreach strategy and adapting the standardized curriculum for overseas growers who export 53% of fresh fruit and 29% of vegetables consumed in the U.S. https://bit.ly/2MhugaM .
    • ·        #FDA is committed to imported produce being as safe as produce grown in the U.S. By relying on states for most domestic inspections, we can focus our resources on foreign inspections, using new tools such as FSMA’s Foreign Supplier Verification Programs https://bit.ly/2nKoAYd .
    • ·        Guidance and training is essential. We issued a small entity guidance. Additional guidance is coming soon to help farmers better understand the many ways they can meet FSMA requirements. Some components of the produce safety rule needs more dialogue with the farming community.
    • ·        Many feel our microbial quality water standards are too complicated and in some cases too costly to be effectively implemented. We've collected info about on-farm conditions and water systems at an Ag water summit and from additional farm tours and are considering next steps.
    • ·        We’re also working on rulemaking that will clarify the definition of a farm and address questions we have received on what requirements such entities as packing houses and terminal markets should follow.
    • ·        And we're continuing work on the safe use of untreated biological soil amendments of animal origin, such as raw manure. @USDA has been a great partner, conducting research that will inform future policy https://bit.ly/2MJQMoN .
    • ·        Food safety is one of my highest priorities. The measures outlined by the Produce Safety Rule, when fully implemented, will reduce the chance of an outbreak like the recent one involving romaine lettuce. That’s our goal. And it's our solemn commitment to the American public.
    • ·        Healthy meal tips for #firstdayofschool Don’t take, “Mom, I don’t have time for breakfast” as an excuse: https://youtu.be/nmdoBVWOhbU 
    • ·        Recently, the US has had several large outbreaks of foodborne illness caused by contaminated fruits/veggies, including: spinach, cantaloupe, tomatoes, & lettuce. LEARN 7 tips for cleaning fruits, veggies to avoid getting sick in this #FDAConsumerUpdate: https://go.usa.gov/xU9US 

    August 21, 2018

    Federal Register

    Food and Drug Administration

    Notices

    Comprehensive, Multi-Year Nutrition Innovation Strategy; Extension of Comment Period

    Filed on: 08/21/2018 at 08:45 am Scheduled Pub. Date: 08/22/2018

    FR Document: 2018-18072  PDF 5 Pages (99.6 KB)  Permalink

     

    Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service

    Notices

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

    Qualitative Feedback on Agency Service Delivery

    Filed on: 08/21/2018 at 08:45 am Scheduled Pub. Date: 08/22/2018

    FR Document: 2018-18137  PDF 5 Pages (98.8 KB)  Permalink

     

    Agricultural Marketing Service

    Rules

    Establishment of Handler Diversions, Reporting Requirements, and New Information Collections:

    Cranberries Grown in States of Massachusetts, et al.; Correction

    Filed on: 08/21/2018 at 08:45 am Scheduled Pub. Date: 08/22/2018

    FR Document: 2018-18039  PDF 3 Pages (146 KB)  Permalink

     

    AMS

    New Vendor Training from USDA Web-Based Supply Chain Management

     

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

    • ·        Are you aware that illnesses from Salmonella spike in the summer? And that the majority of hospitalizations occur in children under 5 years of age? Check out these poultry handling tips to help everyone have a summer without Salmonella! http://bit.ly/2LO7dmX 


    August 22, 2018

    Recalls

    Date

    Brand

    Product Description

    Reason/Problem

    Company

    08/21/2018

    Rad Cat

    Rad Cat Raw Diet

    Potential for Listeria monocytogenes

    Radagast Pet Food, Inc.

    08/21/2018

    Premo Brand

    Turkey and Cheese Wedge Sandwiches

    Listeria monocytogenes

    Lipari Foods, LLC

    Warning Letters

    Letter Issue Date

    Company Name

    Issuing Office

    Subject

    Close Out Date

    08/15/2018

    Healthy Healing dba Crystal Star

    Minneapolis District Office

    New Drug/Labeling/Misbranded

    Not Issued *

     

    FSIS

    End Of The Year Performance Management Instructions

    Taylor Farms Northwest, LLC Recalls Ready-To-Eat Meatloaf Products Due To Misbranding and Undeclared Allergens

     

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

    • ·        Practice #foodsafety at the grocery store - separate raw meat, poultry, seafood, & eggs from other foods in your grocery shopping cart, grocery bags, & refrigerator. https://go.usa.gov/xUF6w 
    • ·        FDA’s Special Agents/@TheJusticeDept: Florida man pleads guilty to marketing “all natural” dietary supplements containing the active ingredient found in Viagra https://go.usa.gov/xUtN6 
    • ·        Keep poultry in the same plastic bag from the grocery store to your refrigerator at home! Watch video: http://bit.ly/2vIVVGv 
    • ·        Lipari Foods Issues Voluntary Recall of Premo Brand Turkey & Cheese Wedge Sandwiches Because of Possible Health Risk http://dlvr.it/Qgdvm0 
    • ·        FDA extends the public comment period Nutrition Innovation Strategy. It will remain open until Oct. 11, 2018. https://go.usa.gov/xUtBC 
    • ·        FOOD RECALL: #FDA is working with Lipari Foods to recall Premo Brand turkey & cheese wedge sandwiches due to potential contamination of Listeria. The products have an enjoy by date of 8/31/18 & were distributed to the 11 states listed here: https://go.usa.gov/xUzkU 
    • ·        Radagast Pet Food Voluntarily Expands Recall to Include Rad Cat Raw Diet Products With Best By Dates of 10/19/18 Through 12/3/19 Due to Potential Health Risk http://dlvr.it/Qgh694 

     


  • August 24, 2018 2:29 PM | Amy Bonsell (Administrator)

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently sent an email to FDA-registered drug establishments reminding them of an approaching deadline for prescription drug labeling. Prescription drug manufacturers, packagers, and re-packagers must affix a “product identifier” to their product packaging by November 27, 2018.

    Due to the large number of questions we received from industry after FDA sent this email, Registrar Corp published a blog today with information about the new product identifiers and what this means for the upcoming registration renewal period: http://bit.ly/fda-serialization

    This information is prudent for industry to know, as FDA stated in the email that manufacturers and repackagers that do not have the new product identifiers on their packaging should NOT certify that their listings are up-to-date during the upcoming registration renewal period.  They should update their listings with a new sampling of the labeling incorporating the product identifier.  Listings that are neither updated or certified in 2018 may be removed from FDA’s database in 2019, deeming the unlisted products misbranded.

    If you would like to talk with one of our Regulatory Specialists about the new requirement, please don’t hesitate to ask.

    --

    Sincerely,

    Devon McClellan
    Director of Marketing
    Registrar Corp
    144 Research Drive
    Hampton, Virginia, USA 23666
    Tel: +1-757-224-0177
    Fax: +1-757-224-0179
    Email: dmcclellan@registrarcorp.com
    Web Site: http://www.registrarcorp.com


  • August 24, 2018 2:25 PM | Amy Bonsell (Administrator)

    August 23, 2018

     

    Dear Partners:

     

    We want to remind our valued partners of the upcoming Partnership for Food Protection (PFP) 10th Anniversary Webinar that will be held on Tuesday, August 28, 2018, 1:00 – 2:30 pm EDT.  We hope that you will be able to participate in this important commemorative event.

     

    The PFP is comprised of dedicated professionals from federal, state, and local governments, as well as trade associations, with roles in protecting the food supply and public health. PFP is the structure used to coordinate representatives from these institutions with expertise in food, feed, epidemiology, laboratory, animal health, environment, and public health to develop and implement an Integrated Food Safety System (IFSS).

     

    Building an Integrated Food Safety System (IFSS) has long been a foundational element of our nation’s strategy for carrying out an effective and efficient food safety program. It is also one of the key themes of the U.S. Food & Drug Administration’s (FDA) Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), signed into law by President Obama in January 2011.

     

    Since 1998, the FDA has supported a series of 50-State Workshops to help build an IFSS, open to officials from all 50 States, including five U.S. territories and the District of Columbia. To implement the recommendations from the 2008 50-State Workshop, the PFP was established. Since its establishment, the PFP has utilized a workgroup structure to help implement the foundational elements to achieve an IFSS, including, but not limited to, uniform program standards, training and certification programs, laboratory analysis best practices, data sharing, joint work planning, inspection and enforcement protocols, and responding quickly to emergencies.

     

    This summer marks the 10-year anniversary of the PFP. To help celebrate all we’ve accomplished in the past decade and to outline its future, the partnership’s Governing Council is hosting the PFP 10th Anniversary Webinar and we invite you to take a look at the Agenda for the event. We also encourage you to share this event with your agency’s leadership and others in your network interested in learning about integration activities and the PFP. Please mark your calendars!

     

    PFP 10th ANNIVERSARY WEBINAR INFORMATION

    Date/Time:                           Tuesday (Corrected), August 28, 2018 1:00 – 2:30 pm EDT

    AUDIO:

    Phone Number:                   (800) 857-5383

    Participant Passcode:         3666805

    NET CONFERENCE:

    Conference number:          PWXW7956038

    Participant passcode:        3666805

    Participant WebEx Link:*       

    https://www.mymeetings.com/nc/join.php?i=PWXW7956038&p=3666805&t=c

    *Please note that after you have typed in the numerical participant passcode using your phone keypad, you will be asked to verbally provide your name and affiliation slowly and clearly with spelling before being joined to the audio portion of the call.  Please do not enter your name and affiliation on your keypad – you must verbally provide your name and affiliation so that it can be captured by the automated voice capture system (ensure that your mute button is off).  After you have joined the audio portion of the call, click on the participant WebEx link above to access and view the slides that will be presented during the call.  You must have the WebEx Event Manager already installed on your computer, or run a temporary application of WebEx, to access and view the slides.  To download and install the WebEx Event Manager on your computer before the webinar, see the instructions on the WebEx Downloads page.  Instructions for running a temporary application of WebEx can be easily found on the internet and will vary based on the internet browser (e.g., Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome) you are using.

     

    We hope you will tune in! 

    Sincerely,

     

    Of behalf of the PFP Governing Council

    Barbara Cassens and Patrick Kennelly, Co-Chairs 

     

    For any questions about the Webinar or PFP, please contact pfp@fda.hhs.gov .

     

    This message is being broadcast by the Division of Communications in the FDA's Office of Regulatory Affairs (ORA).

    Thank you,

     

    FDA/ORA

    Office of Communications and Project Management

    Division of Communications

    Mailbox:  DivComm-ORA@fda.hhs.gov


  • August 16, 2018 12:21 PM | Amy Bonsell (Administrator)

    August 13, 2018

    Federal Register

    Food and Drug Administration

    Notices

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

    Food Safety, Health, and Diet Survey

    Filed on: 08/13/2018 at 08:45 am Scheduled Pub. Date: 08/14/2018

    FR Document: 2018-17363  PDF 6 Pages (96.1 KB)  Permalink

     

    Agriculture Department

    Notices

    Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposals, Submissions, and Approvals

    Title: Consumer Complaint Monitoring System

    Filed on: 08/13/2018 at 08:45 am Scheduled Pub. Date: 08/14/2018

    FR Document: 2018-17397  PDF 5 Pages (116 KB)  Permalink

     

    Food Safety and Inspection Service

    Notices

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

    Certificates of Medical Examination

    Filed on: 08/13/2018 at 08:45 am Scheduled Pub. Date: 08/14/2018

    FR Document: 2018-17424  PDF 9 Pages (211 KB)  Permalink

     

    Foodborne Illness Outbreak Investigation Survey for FSIS Public Health Partners

    Filed on: 08/13/2018 at 08:45 am Scheduled Pub. Date: 08/14/2018

    FR Document: 2018-17427  PDF 8 Pages (218 KB)  Permalink

     

    Environmental Protection Agency

    Notices

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

    Experimental Use Permits for Pesticides

    Filed on: 08/13/2018 at 08:45 am Scheduled Pub. Date: 08/14/2018

    FR Document: 2018-17443  PDF 4 Pages (182 KB)  Permalink

     

    Pesticide Petitions:

    Residues of Pesticide Chemicals in or on Various Commodities

    Filed on: 08/13/2018 at 08:45 am Scheduled Pub. Date: 08/14/2018

    FR Document: 2018-17450  PDF 8 Pages (95.2 KB)  Permalink

     

    FSIS

    Aug 10, 2018 | PDF

    • FSIS Posts Updated Dataset on Imports
    • FSIS Posts Next Set of Establishment-Specific Datasets

     

    AMS

    USDA Announces Grain Inspection Advisory Committee Meeting

     

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

    • ·        Have you heard about the @HHSPrevention Healthy People Initiative? The #healthypeople initiative is a collaborative health promotion & disease prevention effort w/a vision towards a healthier nation. MORE about this effort here: https://go.usa.gov/xUKXa 
    • ·        Q&A: FDA's Investigation into Possible Connection Between Diet and Canine Heart Disease https://go.usa.gov/xUH3v 
    • ·        Does your #FamilyFunMonth include picnics & barbecuing? Avoid #foodpoisoning and follow our #foodsafety rules. http://go.usa.gov/xNAhN  & enjoy #NationalSmoresDay !
    • ·        One of the ways #FDA achieves its mission of protecting and promoting public health is by providing accurate, science-based information about medical products and foods. This week’s #SUNDAYTWEETORIAL highlights some of FDA’s many patient and consumer resources-It’s #NEWSYOUCANUSE
    • ·        FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine protects both human and animal health. To learn more about animal health topics from pet food to heartworm visit https://bit.ly/2KzwMDx . Info on recalls and withdrawals of animal & veterinary products is found here https://bit.ly/2EKHGXZ 
    • ·        FDA provides information regarding the measures we take when a food product is mislabeled, presents a health risk because of contamination, or has caused an outbreak of illness. For a list of food and dietary supplement recalls, visit https://bit.ly/2rMOwF1 
    • ·        Stay informed about foodborne illness outbreaks linked to FDA-regulated food products. FDA’s Coordinated Outbreak Response and Evaluation (CORE) Network manages response, surveillance, and post-response activities https://bit.ly/2MnfRpk 
    • ·        Want to learn more about food safety and nutrition? Visit our Education Resource Library, a catalog of printable educational materials and videos intended for consumers, educators, dietitians and health professionals https://bit.ly/2Mbc6qf 

    August 14, 2018

    Federal Register

    Food Safety and Inspection Service

    Notices

    Retail Exemptions Adjusted Dollar Limitations

    Filed on: 08/14/2018 at 08:45 am Scheduled Pub. Date: 08/15/2018

    FR Document: 2018-17546  PDF  6 Pages (205 KB)  Permalink

     

    Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service

    Rules

    Conditions for Payment of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza Indemnity Claims

    Filed on: 08/14/2018 at 08:45 am Scheduled Pub. Date: 08/15/2018

    FR Document: 2018-17554  PDF   23 Pages (134 KB) Permalink

     

    FDA

    What’s Next For PC Animal Food Implementation? 

    Recalls

    Date

    Brand

    Product Description

    Reason / Problem

    Company

    08/13/2018

    Blissful Remedies

    Products Containing Kratom

    High microbial load

    World Organix, LLC

     

    AMS

    USDA Determines Individual Not Responsibly Connected to Arizona Violator

    USDA Adds New Service for Fruit & Vegetable Growers, USDA GAP Audit Now Recognized by the Global Food Safety Initiative and FDA

    USDA Proposes Revising Terminology in Several Specialty Crops Standards

    August 15, 2018

    FDA

    Warning Letters

    Letter Issue Date

    Company Name

    Issuing Office

    Subject

    Close Out Date

    07/31/2018

    Signature Formulations, LLC

    San Francisco District Office

    CGMP/Finished Pharmaceuticals/Adulterated

    Not Issued *

    07/12/2018

    www.poppyseedwash.com

    Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition

    New Drug/Labeling/Misbranded

    Not Issued *

    GRAS

    GRN No.

    Substance

    Date of Closure

    FDA’s Letter

    802

    Endolysin

     

    Pending

    801

    Chymosin enzyme from Camelius dromedarius produced in Aspergillus niger

     

    Pending

    800

    gamma-oryzanol

     

    Pending

    799

    Rebaudioside M

     

    Pending

    798

    Saccharomyces cerevisiae strain yBBS002

     

    Pending

    797

    Fructooligosaccharides

     

    Pending

    796

    Orange extract (85% hesperidin)

     

    Pending

    795

    Purified steviol glycosides          

     

    Pending

    794

    Shiitake, pea, and rice protein fermented with Lentinula edodes

     

    Pending

    780

    Rebaudioside M

    Jul 31, 2018

    FDA has no questions (in PDF) (115 kB)

    764

    Rebaudioside D

    Jul 10, 2018

    FDA has no questions (in PDF ) (111 kB)

    754

    Algal oil (87% oleic acid) derived from Prototheca moriformis strain S6697

    Jul 23, 2018

    FDA has no questions (in PDF) (111 kB)

     

    USDA

    USDA Adds New Tools, Resources to Farmers.gov to Aid Producers

     

    FSIS

    USDA Provides Food Safety Tips to Keep Foodborne Illness Out of the Classroom

     

    APHIS

    APHIS Finalizes Conditions for Paying Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza Indemnity

     

    AMS

    USDA Vegetable Purchase Program Announced

    USDA Fresh Fluid Milk Purchase Program Announced

    USDA Chicken Products Purchase Program Announced

    USDA Beef Products Purchase Program Announced

     

    National Academies

    Understanding and Overcoming the Challenge of Obesity and Overweight in the Armed Forces: Proceedings of a Workshop–in Brief

     

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

    • ·        The food supply in the US is among the safest in the world, yet foodborne illness can still occur. Everyone can be affected by this & some people are at greater risk. LEARN MORE about these at-risk groups: https://go.usa.gov/xUByH 
    • ·        What should animal food producers expect during the next compliance dates for the FSMA Preventative Controls for Animal Foods Rule? Read here to find out more https://go.usa.gov/xU6ev 

    August 16, 2018

    Federal Register

    Food and Nutrition Service

    Notices

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

    Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, Store Applications

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

    FR Document: 2018-17722  PDF 7 Pages (304 KB)  Permalink

     

    Agricultural Marketing Service

    Rules

    Cotton Board Rules and Regulations:

    Adjusting Supplemental Assessment on Imports (2018 Amendments)

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

    FR Document: 2018-17723  PDF 69 Pages (593 KB) m Permalink

     

    Notices

    Standards for Grades of Pork Carcasses

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

    FR Document: 2018-17725  PDF 4 Pages (162 KB)  Permalink

     

    FDA

    Recalls

    Date

    Brand

    Product Description

    Reason/Problem

    Company

    08/15/2018

    Marsee Baking

    Cookies

    Undeclared Peanuts

    Marsee Foods Inc. dba Marsee Baking

    08/14/2018

    Zakah Life

    Kratom Containing Products

    Salmonella

    Zakah Life, LLC

    08/14/2018

    Salt & Straw

    Chocolate Gooey Brownie Ice Cream

    Undeclared peanuts

    Salt & Straw Ice Cream

     

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

    • ·        Beware of companies or people selling bogus cancer “cures.” Advertised as “natural” treatments or dietary supplements online or on social media, they may appear harmless but can delay or interfere w/proven, beneficial treatments: http://go.usa.gov/xndE7  #ORAConsumerUpdate
    • ·        Salt & Straw Voluntarily Recalls Certain Lots of Chocolate Gooey Brownie Ice Cream Pints Due to Possible Undeclared Peanuts http://dlvr.it/QfzDs0 
    • ·        Wash kitchen towels frequently & on the HOT washing machine cycle to remove any bacteria contaminating your kitchen towels. Check out the Kitchen Towel Playbook for more #foodsafety info. https://go.usa.gov/xQM6m  #WednesdayWisdom
    • ·        Thanks to @NCAgriculture, @NASDANews & @NCFarmBureau for hosting #FDA for an On-Farm Readiness Review in North Carolina today!
    • ·        The On-Farm Readiness Reviews are a productive way for farmers to assess their level of compliance with the #FSMA Produce Safety Rule.
    • ·        #FDA is committed to helping farmers meet the new #FSMA requirements to ensure safe produce for Americans.
    • ·        #FDA is continuing its commitment to support farmers in implementing the new produce safety standards under #FSMA. FDA staff are in North Carolina this week for an on-farm readiness review demonstration – a way for farmers to assess their level of compliance w/ the produce rule.
    • ·        The #FSMA Produce Safety Rule establishes science-based minimum standards for the safe growing, harvesting, packing & holding of fruits & vegetables grown for human consumption. For more info see: https://go.usa.gov/xUFuv .
    • ·        Marsee Baking Issues Allergy Alert On Undeclared Peanuts In Cookies Sold At Café Yumm! Restaurants http://dlvr.it/Qg1cm5 
    Zakah Life Recalls Kratom Because Of Possible Health Risk http://dlvr.it/Qg2Gdb 


  • 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 

     


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