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  • May 24, 2019 8:52 AM | Amy Bonsell (Administrator)

    May 22, 2019

    Federal Register

    Agricultural Marketing Service

    Notices

    Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposals, Submissions, and Approvals

    Filed on: 05/22/2019 at 8:45 am Scheduled Pub. Date: 05/23/2019

    FR Document: 2019-10813  PDF 4 Pages (80.4 KB) Permalink

    • ·       Reporting and Recordkeeping Requirements Under Regulations (Other than Rules of Practice) Under the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act, 1930.

     

    FDA

    FDA Investigates Shigella Illnesses Linked to Imported Raw Oysters

    Warning Letters

    Letter Issue Date

    Company Name

    Issuing Office

    Regulated Product

    Letter Type

    05/06/2019

    Velvet Ice Cream Company

    Division of Human and Animal Food Operations East V

    Current Good Manufacturing Practices (CGMP), Dairy

    Warning Letter

     

    Recalls

    Date

    Brand

    Product Description

    Reason/ Problem

    Company

    05/21/2019

    7-Eleven

    ‘The Italian Job’ sandwiches, Italian Style Sub

    Eggs

    Hearthside Food Solutions

    05/20/2019

    Hill’s

    Canned Dog Food

    Ingredient Level

    Hill’s Pet Nutrition

    05/20/2019

    Specially Selected

    Paleo Maple Almond Granola

    Potential Packaging Issue

    ALDI

     

    FSIS

    Recalls

    Product Recalled

    Date of Recall

    056-2019 BEF Foods, Inc. Recalls Beef Products Produced without Benefit of Inspection

    May 21, 2019

     

    AMS

    USDA Restricts PACA Violators in Florida, Georgia, New York and Texas from Operating in the Produce Industry

     

    @FDACommissioner

    • ·       FOOD SAFETY ALERT: #FDA and Mexican health authorities are investigating 5 Shigella illnesses linked to oysters harvested between Feb. 12 & Apr. 9 from Estero El Cardon, in Baja California Sur, Mexico & distributed to CA, NV, AZ, NY.
    • ·       Mexican officials closed the harvesting areas May 7, so there should not be product currently available to consumers. As of today, products from the harvest dates of Apr. 9 to May 7 have been destroyed. Additionally, the shelf-life of fresh, raw oysters is limited.
    • ·       Shigella is a bacterium that spreads from contaminated feces, often through unclean water. Although shigellosis is often mild and goes away by itself in a week or less, it can become very serious in some cases. Consumers should contact a health professional if they have symptoms.
    • ·       Shigella infection generally starts 8 hours to about 2 days after exposure, and causes abdominal pain, fever and diarrhea known as dysentery. Young children, the elderly, and those with weak immune systems are more likely to develop severe illness. https://go.usa.gov/xmwF8

    @FDAfood

    @FDA_ORA

    • ·       “As #veterans, we are used to being on the front lines confronting national challenges. Whether it is a natural disaster, a military conflict or a mission to end a humanitarian crisis, #FDAORA is at the front lines.” says Daryle Harris. http://go.usa.gov/xmEba  #IAmORA


    May 23, 2019

    Federal Register

    Environmental Protection Agency

    Rules

    Pesticide Tolerances:

    Fluensulfone

    Filed on: 05/23/2019 at 8:45 am Scheduled Pub. Date: 05/24/2019

    FR Document: 2019-10793 PDF 25 Pages (534 KB) Permalink

     

    FDA

    FDA Makes Available Menu Labeling Social Media Toolkit for Consumer Outreach

    Salmonella Infantis Linked to Del Monte Vegetable Trays, Spring 2019

    Recalls

    Date

    Brand

    Product Description

    Reason/Problem

    Company

    05/22/2019

    Laxmi

    Dried Apricot

    Potential or Undeclared Allergen

    House Of Spices India

    05/22/2019

    Wegmans

    Undeclared milk

    Milk

    Wegmans Food Markets

    05/22/2019

    New Seasons Market

    Bacon Shallot Potato Salad

    Eggs

    New Seasons Market

    05/22/2019

    purely elizabeth

    Granola

    Potential Metal or Chemical Contaminant

    purely elizabeth

     

    FSIS

    Recalls

    Product Recalled

    Date of Recall

    057-2019 Aurora Packing Company, Inc. Recalls Beef Products Due to Possible E. coli O157:H7 Contamination

    May 22, 2019

     

    AMS

    AMS Issues Complaint against Quinter Livestock Market LLC and Clint Kvasnicka

     

    @FDACommissioner

    • ·       Today, @US_FDA is announcing that it’s inspecting the Del Monte facility in Kankakee, IL that produced the vegetable trays linked to an outbreak of salmonellosis in WI & MN.
    • ·       On May 21, @DHSWI announced that vegetable trays produced by Del Monte Fresh Produce Inc. & sold at Kwik Trip convenience stores in WI & MN are linked to 4 illnesses. #FDA, CDC & state authorities continue to investigate the cause & source of the outbreak.
    • ·       Kwik Trip has voluntarily removed all Del Monte vegetable trays from its stores; however, @DHSWI is continuing to warn people not to eat 6 or 12 oz. Del Monte Vegetable Trays containing broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, and dill dip.

    @FDAfood

    • ·       #OUTBREAK appears to be over, announced @CDCgov about multi-state outbreak of #Salmonella Newport illnesses linked to frozen ground #tuna imported fr JK Fish of Vietnam. Unlikely sold directly to consumers. Likely used in restaurant or retailer foods.



  • May 24, 2019 8:51 AM | Amy Bonsell (Administrator)

    May 20, 2019

    Federal Register

    Agricultural Marketing Service

    Rules

    Irish Potatoes Grown in Colorado:

    Modification of the Handling Regulations for Area No. 2

    Filed on: 05/20/2019 at 8:45 am Scheduled Pub. Date: 05/21/2019

    FR Document: 2019-10615 PDF 16 Pages (265 KB) Permalink

     

    Environmental Protection Agency

    Notices

    Pesticide Product Registration:

    Receipt of Applications for New Active Ingredients

    Filed on: 05/20/2019 at 8:45 am Scheduled Pub. Date: 05/21/2019

    FR Document: 2019-10502 PDF 6 Pages (89.5 KB) Permalink

     

    Product Cancellation Order for Certain Pesticide Registrations

    Filed on: 05/20/2019 at 8:45 am Scheduled Pub. Date: 05/21/2019

    FR Document: 2019-10561 PDF 5 Pages (288 KB) Permalink

     

    FDA

    FDA Issues Draft Guidance Regarding Use of an Alternative Name for Potassium Chloride in Food Labeling

    FDA Extends Application Period for Voluntary Qualified Importer Program to July 31

    Recalls

    Date

    Brand

    Product Description

    Reason/Problem

    Company Name

    05/17/2019

    Coolhaus

    Dairy Free Horchata Frozen Dessert Sandwich

    Milk

    Farchitecture BB, LLC, dba Coolhaus

    05/17/2019

    Global

    Rattan Shoot in Brine

    Potential or Undeclared Allergen

    US TRADING COMPANY

     

    USDA

    U.S. Beef Gains Full Access to Japan

     

    FSIS

    May 17, 2019 | PDF

    • Label Backlog Update and Tips for the Label Approval Process
    • FSIS Posts Next Set of Establishment Specific Datasets

    Recalls

    Product Recalled

    Date of Recall

    055-2019 Vienna Beef Ltd. Recalls Beef Products due to Possible Foreign Matter Contamination

    May 18, 2019

    054-2019 Caito Foods LLC. Recalls Salads with Chicken Products due to Misbranding and Undeclared Allergens

    May 17, 2019

     

    APHIS

    USDA Names Membership to Three Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service Advisory Boards

     

    NIH

    NIH study finds heavily processed foods cause overeating and weight gain

     

    OMB

    AGENCY: USDA-FSA

    RIN: 0560-AI37

    Status: Pending Review

    TITLE:Dairy Margin Coverage (DMC) Program

    STAGE: Final Rule

    ECONOMICALLY SIGNIFICANT: Yes

    ** RECEIVED DATE: 05/17/2019

    LEGAL DEADLINE: None  

     

    FTC

    FTC Approves Final Consent Order against UrthBox, Inc. and its Principal Related to Compensated Online Reviews and “Free” Trial Offer

     

    @FDACommissioner

    • ·       We will continue to look for ways to help Americans reduce daily sodium consumption, which is associated with increased risk of high blood pressure. Our latest #FDA draft guidance demonstrates our commitment to addressing this challenge in innovative ways. https://go.usa.gov/xmd4p

    @FDAMedia

    • ·       Today #FDA is issuing draft guidance on the addition of the word “salt” to potassium chloride’s ingredient name on packaged foods. We want to increase awareness that this ingredient is similar to sodium-based salt – plus it contains potassium. https://go.usa.gov/xmd4p

    @SecretarySonny

    @FDAfood

    @DrAbernethyFDA

    • ·       I know that there is great public interest in the development of therapies/other consumer products derived from cannabis. A big topic is cannabidiol (CBD) & a key question is how we, as FDA, are going to address this.
    • ·       Focusing on CBD, we have outlined a step-wise approach to evaluate the regulatory strategy to determine whether it is safe to include CBD in foods or other consumer products. The goal is to do this as quickly as possible without risking public health.
    • ·       When CBD is put into consumer products like food, we must understand safe levels and impacts on people who might, for example, ingest large quantities or have health issues. As a matter of good public policy and public health, we need to avoid unsafe levels of CBD in food.
    • ·       CRITICAL: to our current knowledge, very little research has been conducted to understand critical issues such as: the impact of cumulative CBD exposure in healthy people; risks for people with concurrent illness, pregnancy; what happens if you take CBD with other drugs.
    • ·       A key goal of the 5/31 hearing & public docket is to gather all available data to help us answer these questions about CBD, & other cannabis products, ensuring that the American public is protected. That’s what consumers expect of the FDA –science-based decisions to keep us safe.
    • ·       FDA’s also aware some companies are marketing cannabis products in ways that violate the law. Our biggest concern is products that put the health/safety of consumers at greatest risk, such as those claiming to prevent, diagnose, treat, or cure serious diseases, such as cancer.
    • ·       In sum, the steps we’re taking will allow us to get input from stakeholders; define the current science; set a path for information needed in the future; clarify how to regulate these products; and, help keep the American public safe.

    @CDCgov

    • ·       Salmonella outbreaks: 52 people sick in 21 states. These illnesses have been linked to contact with chickens and ducklings in backyard flocks. https://go.usa.gov/xmpnE


    May 21, 2019

    APHIS

    APHIS Announces the Finalized Chronic Wasting Disease Herd Certification Program Standards

     

    @FDACommissioner

    • ·       Today, I met with @FDA_ORA leadership & staff. I’ve been looking forward to meeting them as I appreciate their “boots on the ground” approach. They are the beating heart of the FDA, and I can’t wait to visit their field offices and international mail facilities in the future.

    @FrankYiannasFDA

    @FDAanimalhealth

    • ·       RECALL: Hill’s Pet Nutrition is expanding its pet food recall to include an additional lot of Hill’s Prescription Diet i/d Digestive Care Chicken & Vegetable Stew Canned Dog Food, 12.5 oz, 12-pack SKU 3389. *New* Lot Code/Date Code: 102020T21. FMI: https://go.usa.gov/xmwqG

     


  • May 17, 2019 9:08 AM | Amy Bonsell (Administrator)

    May 14, 2019

    Federal Register

    Environmental Protection Agency

    Rules

    Pesticide Tolerances:

    Glufosinate Ammonium

    Filed on: 05/14/2019 at 8:45 am Scheduled Pub. Date: 05/15/2019

    FR Document: 2019-10054 PDF 10 Pages (377 KB) Permalink

     

    Notices

    Interim Registration Review Decisions and Case Closures for Several Pesticides

    Filed on: 05/14/2019 at 8:45 am Scheduled Pub. Date: 05/15/2019

    FR Document: 2019-10004 PDF 5 Pages (169 KB) Permalink

     

    Pesticides:

    Draft Guidance for Pesticide Registrants on Plant Regulator Label Claims, Including Plant Biostimulants; Extension of Comment Period

    Filed on: 05/14/2019 at 8:45 am Scheduled Pub. Date: 05/15/2019

    FR Document: 2019-10071 PDF 2 Pages (77.6 KB) Permalink

     

    FDA

    Dockets

    FDA-2019-P-2239, Citizen Petition from BioNeutra North America Inc, Requests that the FDA include Isomaltooligosaccaride in the 21 CFR 101.9 (c)(6)(i) list of dietary fibers

    • ·        A citizen petition was submitted by BioNeutra to the FDA in 2016 (the 2016 citizen petition); the petition was denied by the FDA in 2018 (2018 letter), who concluded that there was insufficient evidence demonstrating that isomalto-oligosaccharides (IMO) have a beneficial physiological effect to human health (U.S. FDA, 2018a). BioNeutra has since translated three relevant nonEnglish human studies to English (Liu et al., 1994; Lee et al., 2003; Lin et al., 2005) that were identified in the previous citizen petition. Furthermore, Bioneutra is now submitting scientific evidence to support the relationship between IMO consumption and blood cholesterol levels.

     

    USDA

    Press Release on LLP

     

    AMS

    USDA Clarifies Redirection of Assessments under Beef and Soybean Acts

     

    @FDAfood

    • ·        In silico safety assessment methods for food ingredients, dietary supplements, and cosmetics is the topic of the next SOT and @FDAfood colloquium on May 15. Register for the free webcast: http://bit.ly/2V9wI7s


    May 15, 2019

    Federal Register

    Environmental Protection Agency

    Notices

    Meetings:

    Pesticides; Draft Revised Method for National Level Endangered Species Risk Assessment Process for Biological Evaluations of Pesticides

    Filed on: 05/15/2019 at 8:45 am Scheduled Pub. Date: 05/16/2019

    FR Document: 2019-10177 PDF 8 Pages (175 KB) Permalink

     

    FDA

    May 14, 2019 - FDA warns manufacturers of products labeled as homeopathic for putting consumers at risk with significant violations of manufacturing quality standards

    Recalls

    Date

    Brand

    Product Description

    Reason/Problem

    Company

    05/14/2019

    Biltmore

    Wild Smoked Sockeye Salmon

    Listeria

    Seven Seas International USA, LLC

     

    FSIS

    Recalls

    Product Recalled

    Date of Recall

    Retail Distribution List

    051-2019 Taylor Farms Texas Inc. Recalls Salad with Chicken Products due to Misbranding and Undeclared Allergens

    May 14, 2019

    N/A (Class II Recall)

     

    @FrankYiannasFDA

    • ·        [*retweet @knash99] The FDA says its AI pilot for inspecting imported food will benefit consumers, flagging the products with the highest risks https://www.wsj.com/articles/fda-launches-ai-pilot-for-inspecting-imported-food-11556789400 … via @WSJ
    • ·        [*retweet @NewgenBiotech] U.S. Food and Drug Administration Statement from Deputy Commissioner for Food Policy and Response Frank Yiannas on new steps to protect consumers from unlawful ingredients in dietary supplements.
    • ·        [* retweet @VanessaMcConkey] FDA Deputy commissioner for Food Policy and Response @FrankYiannasFDA speaking at #regsummit2019: 75% of US consumers take dietary supplements. It’s our duty to ensure they are safe & lawful everyday. Protecting consumers is a goal FDA & the Dietary Supplements industry share.

    @FDAanimalhealth

    • ·        Today FDA issued warnings to five companies that produce homeopathic products for putting consumers, and in some cases, pets at risk with significant violations of manufacturing quality standards & marketing unapproved animal drugs
    • ·        FDA issued a warning letter to Newton Laboratories for human drug CGMP and misbranding violations as well as unapproved new animal drug violations. For a list of affected pet products, see the warning letter
    • ·        If your pet has experienced an adverse event after using one of Newton’s products, report it to the FDA. Visit our webpage for instructions on how to submit a report

    @HeppertJoe

    • ·        Congratulations to @MBrashears on becoming one step closer to serving as Undersecretary for @USDAFoodSafety. Thank you @SenateAgGOP for your work throughout this process. @TexasTech is proud of its world-class leaders and experts in food safety. From here, it’s possible!

     

    May 16, 2019

    Federal Register

    Food and Nutrition Service

    Notices

    Request for Information: The Serious Deficiency Process in the Child and Adult Care Food Program

    Filed on: 05/16/2019 at 8:45 am Scheduled Pub. Date: 05/17/2019

    FR Document: 2019-10308 PDF 5 Pages (180 KB) Permalink

     

    FDA

    FDA Announces Public Meeting on Alternative Approaches in Clinical Investigations for New Animal Drugs

    Recalls

    Date

    Brand

    Product Description

    Reason/ Problem

    Company Name

    05/15/2019

    Karawan

    Tahini

    Salmonella

    Broddzenatti Holding LLC

    05/15/2019

    GHSW, LLC

    Salads, wraps and salad bar trays

    Unapproved Ingredient

    GHSW, LLC

     

    FSIS

    Recalls

    Product Recalled

    Date of Recall

    Retail Distribution List

    053-2019 MIBO Fresh Foods LLC Recalls Salad with Meat Products due to Misbranding and Undeclared Allergens

    May 15, 2019

    N/A (Class II Recall)

    052-2019 Crab House Trading Corp. Recalls Siluriformes Products Produced without Benefit of Inspection

    May 15, 2019

     

     

    FTC

    Made in USA

    Closing letter to Lizbeth Levinson, Counsel for LG Hausys America, Inc. (541.13 KB)

     

    National Academies

    Organohalogen Flame Retardants Used in Consumer Products Cannot Be Assessed for Hazards as a Single Class, But Can Be Assessed in Subclasses, Says New Report

    • ·        Offers guidance to the CPSC on how to conduct a hazard assessment of nonpolymeric, additive organohalogen flame retardants (OFRs), which are used in some consumer products.

     

    @FrankYiannasFDA

    @FDAfood

    • ·        OUTBREAK US FDA w/ @CDCgov, state & local partners investigating multi-state outbreak of #Salmonella Concord illness linked to Karawan Tahini or labeled El Karawan Tahini imported from Israel. Suspect you have symptoms? Contact your healthcare provider. https://go.usa.gov/xmVsm
    • ·        Be aware that this product has a shelf life of 2 years, so check your home for tahini w/either label. Consumers with this tahini should not eat it and should discard it. There have been 4 confirmed cases, 1 hospitalization, & 0 deaths.

    @US_FDA

    • ·        OUTBREAK ALERT: FDA along w/ @CDCgov, state & local partners are investigating a multi-state outbreak of #Salmonella Concord illness linked to Karawan Tahini (sometimes labeled El Karawan Tahini) imported from Israel.
    • ·        FDA has requested a recall after testing confirmed contamination. Consumers should not eat it and should discard it, the product has a 2 year shelf-life. There have been 4 confirmed cases in NY, MA and TX


  • May 17, 2019 9:04 AM | Amy Bonsell (Administrator)

    May 10, 2019

    Federal Register

    Agricultural Marketing Service

    Rules

    Soybean Promotion, Research, and Consumer Information; Beef Promotion and Research; Amendments to Allow Redirection of State Assessments to the National Program; Technical Amendments

    Filed on: 05/10/2019 at 8:45 am Scheduled Pub. Date: 05/13/2019

    FR Document: 2019-09700  PDF 30 Pages (369 KB) Permalink

     

    Agriculture Department

    Notices

    Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposals, Submissions, and Approvals

    Filed on: 05/10/2019 at 8:45 am Scheduled Pub. Date: 05/13/2019

    FR Document: 2019-09758 PDF 4 Pages (88.6 KB) Permalink

    • ·        Location of Irradiation Treatment Facilities in the United States

     

    Environmental Protection Agency

    Proposed Rules

    Receipt of Several Pesticide Petitions Filed for Residues of Pesticide Chemicals in or on Various Commodities

    Filed on: 05/10/2019 at 8:45 am Scheduled Pub. Date: 05/13/2019

    FR Document: 2019-09776 PDF 7 Pages (93.5 KB) Permalink

     

    Notices

    Product Cancellation Order for Certain Pesticide Registrations and Amendments to Terminate Uses

    Filed on: 05/10/2019 at 8:45 am Scheduled Pub. Date: 05/13/2019

    FR Document: 2019-09778 PDF 10 Pages (40.5 KB) Permalink

     

    International Trade Administration

    Notices

    Antidumping or Countervailing Duty Investigations, Orders, or Reviews:

    Fresh Tomatoes from Mexico

    Filed on: 05/10/2019 at 8:45 am Scheduled Pub. Date: 05/13/2019

    FR Document: 2019-09786  PDF 12 Pages (115 KB) Permalink

     

    FDA

    FDA Sampling Frozen Berries for Harmful Viruses

    Recalls

    Date

    Brand

    Product Description

    Reason/Problem

    Company

    05/09/2019

    Mecox Bay Dairy

    Mecox Sunrise Cheese

    Listeria

    Mecox Bay Dairy, LLC

     

    USDA

    Quarterly Enforcement Report (Jan 1 - Mar 31, 2019) 

     

    AMS

    USDA Improves Efficiency, Customer Service with ePACA System

    AMS Issues Complaint against Hatch Auction Inc., d.b.a. Cow House and Raymond L. Hatch for Alleged Violations of the P&S Act

    USDA Section 32 Apricots Purchase Program Announced

     

    APHIS

    USDA Issues Notice of Decision to Revise Conditions of Importation for Fresh Peppers from the Republic of Korea into the Continental United States

    USDA Celebrates the 25th Anniversary of the Screwworm Barrier Maintenance Program

     

    @FrankYiannasFDA

    • ·        Today, I was privileged to represent #FDA on a regulatory panel with CDC, USDA, & AFDO at the #FoodSafetySummit. Enjoyed presenting the great work being done by the men & women at FDA & what we’re doing to usher in a New Era of Smarter Food Safety. http://go.usa.gov/xmXEp
    • ·        [*retweet @FoodSafetyTech*] "A lack of traceability is the Achilles heel of food.” – Frank Yiannas talks about #FDAs new era of smarter food safety
    • ·        THREAD: After outbreak of Salmonella Newport infections linked to frozen ground tuna, JK Fish of Vietnam is being added to Import Alert 16-120 for fish from foreign processors. #FDA to detain product from the company without physical sampling & analysis https://go.usa.gov/xmPQ9
    • ·        FDA-regulated products imported into the U.S. must comply with FDA laws & regulations, and import alerts are an enforcement action FDA can take to prevent potential violative products from being distributed into the U.S. https://go.usa.gov/xmP9q

    @FDA_ORA

    • ·        “I love the diversity of the work I do, witnessing first-hand how the FDA improves the quality of products we regulate through partnerships w/state & foreign govts & industry. This motivates & inspires me.” I am Clint Priestley & #IAmORA https://go.usa.gov/xmNXp


    May 13, 2019

    Federal Register

    Agriculture Department

    Notices

    Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposals, Submissions, and Approvals

    Filed on: 05/13/2019 at 8:45 am Scheduled Pub. Date: 05/14/2019

    FR Document: 2019-09902 PDF 3 Pages (115 KB) Permalink

    • ·        Almonds Grown in California (7 CFR Part 981)

     

    Agricultural Marketing Service

    Notices

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

    Application for Plant Variety Protection Certification and Objective Description of Variety - Asexually Reproduced Varieties

    Filed on: 05/13/2019 at 8:45 am Scheduled Pub. Date: 05/14/2019

    FR Document: 2019-09839  PDF 5 Pages (168 KB) Permalink

     

    International Trade Commission

    Notices

    Investigations; Determinations, Modifications, and Rulings, etc.:

    Fresh Tomatoes from Mexico

    Filed on: 05/13/2019 at 8:45 am Scheduled Pub. Date: 05/14/2019

    FR Document: 2019-09848 PDF 2 Pages (346 KB) Permalink

     

    FDA

    FDA’s Nutrition Innovation Strategy Makes Progress in First Year

    Recalls

    Date

    Brand

    Product Description

    Reason/Problem

    Company

    05/10/2019

    Deshi

    Golden Raisins

    Potential or Undeclared Allergen

    Deshi Distributors LLC

    05/03/2019

    Gia Russa

    Bread crumbs

    Tree Nuts

    ICCO Cheese Company, Inc

     

    USDA

    Joint Statement of Western Hemisphere Agriculture Leaders

     

    FSIS

    May 10, 2019 | PDF

    • USDA Reminds Constituents of Resources During National Hurricane Preparedness Week
    • FSIS Expands PHIS Export Component
    • FSIS Posts Updated Dataset on Imports
    • National Residue Program Results Now Available

     

    AMS

    USDA Restricts PACA Violators in Florida, Georgia, Maryland and Texas from Operating in the Produce Industry

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

     

    APHIS

    APHIS Seeks Comment on the Pest Risk Analysis for the Importation of Fresh Pepper Fruit from Colombia into the Continental United States

    APHIS Seeks Comment On A Proposal to Adjust Requirements for Importation of Carnations From Kenya

     

    @FrankYiannasFDA

     

    @CDC_NCEZID

    • ·        OUTBREAK ALERT: Don’t eat, serve, or sell oysters harvested from Estero El Cardon, an estuary in Baja California Sur, Mexico. They’re linked to an outbreak of illnesses in people who ate raw oysters. https://go.usa.gov/xmEYr

    @FDA_ORA

    @US_FDA

    • ·        Consumers have an important role to play by choosing foods that can improve and promote health, but we are also encouraging industry innovation to create healthier products and helping consumers identify those products. Read how in our latest #FDAVoices. https://go.usa.gov/xmET7


  • May 17, 2019 8:52 AM | Amy Bonsell (Administrator)

    May 13, 2019, CHICAGO - Stop Foodborne Illness, a national nonprofit, public health organization dedicated to preventing illness and death from foodborne pathogens, has appointed Mitzi D. Baum as its new Chief Executive Officer, effective immediately. Baum, who has an extensive career as an advocate for food safety in the non-profit sector, will take the reins as Stop seeks to broaden its impact in the U.S. She succeeds retiring chief officer Deirdre Schlunegger.
     
    “We are fortunate and excited to gain the extensive leadership experience and personal passion for food safety that Mitzi brings to Stop Foodborne Illness,” said Michael Taylor, co-chair of Stop’s board and former Deputy Commissioner for Foods and Veterinary Medicine, FDA. “Her experience working in the non-profit sector and with food industry and government partners will be critical as we work to expand the impact Stop’s constituents have in preventing foodborne illness.”  
     
    Baum joins Stop after 23 years at Feeding America, the nation’s largest hunger-relief organization of more than 200 food banks that support 46 million people annually. In her most recent position at Feeding America, Baum was Managing Director of Food Safety where she was the driving force behind implementation of food safety and risk mitigation strategies pertaining to the products sourced, processed and distributed by the food bank network. She also played a key role in strengthening Feeding America’s ability to achieve significant partnerships with food donor organizations. An acknowledged leader, Baum has been a proponent of updating existing regulations to increase food donations that can safely be consumed by those in need.
     
    “I’m gratified and excited to be joining Stop,” Baum said. “While awareness of food safety is growing, we know that nearly 50 million Americans each year get sick from foodborne illnesses. More than 125,000 people are hospitalized, and thousands die. There are very real personal and health costs associated with foodborne illness, and some people suffer from lifelong side effects. Stop can play a key role in heightening awareness among workers in the food industry and consumers. We’re working to reduce and stop foodborne illnesses from occurring.”

    “For many years, Stop has been the leader of victim support and outreach in the face of foodborne illness, working closely with individuals and families during vulnerable moments when they have nowhere else to turn,” said Lauren Bush, co-chair of Stop’s board.  “Similarly, Mitzi’s experience and understanding of food insecure families will provide a helpful bridge to understanding Stop’s unique role. With Mitzi in the leadership role, Stop’s ability to make a positive difference will be stronger than ever.” 

    “As I retire from my position, I couldn’t be happier to pass the gavel to Mitzi,” said outgoing CEO Dierdre Schlunegger. “She is a highly respected and influential member of the food safety community. Our organization will clearly be in very capable and inspirational hands.”
     
    Prior to her career at Feeding America, Baum had a 10-year restaurant management career in Atlanta, Cincinnati and Chicago, which included Chicago’s Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises.   

    Ms. Baum serves as an adjunct instructor for Michigan State University’s Online Master of Food Safety program. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Restaurant/Hospitality Management from Bowling Green State University and her Master of Science in Food Safety degree from Michigan State University. 
     
    About Stop Foodborne Illness
    Stop Foodborne Illness is a national nonprofit public health organization dedicated to the prevention of illness and death from foodborne illness by promoting sound food safety policy and best practices, building public awareness, and assisting those impacted by foodborne illness. For more information, go to stopfoodborneillness.org.


  • May 10, 2019 10:22 AM | Amy Bonsell (Administrator)

    May 7, 2019

    Federal Register

    Food and Drug Administration

    Notices

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

    Antimicrobial Animal Drug Distribution Reports and Recordkeeping

    Filed on: 05/07/2019 at 8:45 am Scheduled Pub. Date: 05/08/2019

    FR Document: 2019-09425 PDF 6 Pages (20.5 KB) Permalink

     

    Agricultural Marketing Service

    Proposed Rules

    Grower Diversion Requirements:

    Tart Cherries Grown in the States of Michigan, et al.; Free and Restricted Percentages for the 2018-19 Crop Year

    Filed on: 05/07/2019 at 8:45 am Scheduled Pub. Date: 05/08/2019

    FR Document: 2019-09152  PDF  33 Pages (382 KB) Permalink

     

    Environmental Protection Agency

    Rules

    Pesticide Tolerances:

    Cyflumetofen

    Filed on: 05/07/2019 at 8:45 am Scheduled Pub. Date: 05/08/2019

    FR Document: 2019-09377  PDF  20 Pages (246 KB) Permalink

     

    FSIS

    AskFSIS

    Appeal procedure for imported products

    • ·        New FSIS regulations 9 CFR 327.24 , 381.202(6)(d) , and 557.24 provide that the importer of record, owner or their representative of the imported product may appeal any inspection decision including a...

    AMS

    AMS Reaches a Consent Decision and Suspension with R & W Farms LLC, Wanda Thompson and Rickey G. Thompson

    USDA Proposes Revisions to U.S. Standards for Grades of Apples

    USDA Revises United States Standards for Grades of Processed Vegetables

    Soybean Request for Referendum Begins

     

     

    @FrankYiannasFDA

    A new era of ‘Smarter Food Safety’ is dawning. It’s time to look to the future of food safety once again, with a view that builds on the progress we’re making, but also leverages emerging technologies to create a more digital, traceable and safer system. http://go.usa.gov/xmXEp

     

    May 8, 2019

    Federal Register

    Food and Drug Administration

    Notices

    Guidance:

    Preparation of Food Contact Notifications for Food Contact Substances in Contact with Infant Formula and/or Human Milk

    Filed on: 05/08/2019 at 8:45 am Scheduled Pub. Date: 05/09/2019

    FR Document: 2019-09530 PDF 6 Pages (105 KB) Permalink

     

    Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service

    Notices

    Availability of a Pest Risk Analysis for the Importation of Fresh Pepper Fruit from Colombia into the Continental United States

    Filed on: 05/08/2019 at 8:45 am Scheduled Pub. Date: 05/09/2019

    FR Document: 2019-09512 PDF 6 Pages (180 KB) Permalink

     

    Decision to Revise Conditions Governing the Importation of Fresh Peppers from the Republic of Korea into the Continental United States

    Filed on: 05/08/2019 at 8:45 am Scheduled Pub. Date: 05/09/2019

    FR Document: 2019-09514 PDF 4 Pages (86 KB) Permalink

     

    Importation of Dianthus spp. from Kenya

    Filed on: 05/08/2019 at 8:45 am Scheduled Pub. Date: 05/09/2019

    FR Document: 2019-09511 PDF 6 Pages (181 KB) Permalink

     

    Environmental Protection Agency

    Proposed Rules

    Pesticide Petitions:

    Residues of Pesticide Chemicals in or on Various Commodities

    Filed on: 05/08/2019 at 8:45 am Scheduled Pub. Date: 05/09/2019

    FR Document: 2019-09491 PDF 9 Pages (178 KB) Permalink

    • ·        Several pesticide petitions requesting the establishment or modification of residues of pesticide chemicals in or on various food commodities
    •  

    Notices

    Applications for Emergency Exemptions:

    Mefentrifluconazole

    Filed on: 05/08/2019 at 8:45 am Scheduled Pub. Date: 05/09/2019

    FR Document: 2019-09484 PDF 4 Pages (249 KB) Permalink

     

    Applications for New Uses:

    Pesticide Product Registration

    Filed on: 05/08/2019 at 8:45 am Scheduled Pub. Date: 05/09/2019

    FR Document: 2019-09490 PDF 5 Pages (87.4 KB) Permalink

     

     

    FDA

    Recalls

    Date

    Brand

    Product Description

    Reason/Problem

    Company

    05/06/2019

    Southern States

    Various animal feed

    Potential Metal or Chemical Contaminant

    Cargill, Inc.

    05/06/2019

    THE BEAST

    THE BEAST capsules

    Unapproved Drug

    STIFF BOY, LLC

     

    FSIS

    Recalls

    Product Recalled

    Date of Recall

    Retail Distribution List

    050-2019 Santa Fe Importers, Inc. Recalls Ready-To-Eat Chicken Products due to Misbranding and an Undeclared Allergen

    May 07, 2019

    N/A (Class II Recall)

     

    AMS

    USDA Cites C & D Produce Outlet Inc. in Florida for PACA Violations

    USDA Cites C & D Produce Outlet South Inc. in Florida for PACA Violations

     

    APHIS

    APHIS eFile Launches July 23, 2019

     

    FTC

    In Senate Testimony, FTC Highlights Work to Protect Consumers, Promote Competition

    FTC Announces Regulatory Review Schedule

     

    NTP

    NTP Update - May 2019 now available

    Board of Scientific Counselors Meeting - June 17-18, 2019

     

    @FrankYiannasFDA


  • May 10, 2019 10:21 AM | Amy Bonsell (Administrator)

    May 3, 2019

    Federal Register

    Agricultural Marketing Service

    Rules

    Marketing Order:

    Spearmint Oil Produced in the Far West; Salable Quantities and Allotment Percentages for the 2019-2020 Marketing Year

    Filed on: 05/03/2019 at 8:45 am Scheduled Pub. Date: 05/06/2019

    FR Document: 2019-09149 PDF 32 Pages (384 KB) Permalink

     

    Proposed Rules

    U.S. Standards:

    Grades of Apples

    Filed on: 05/03/2019 at 8:45 am Scheduled Pub. Date: 05/06/2019

    FR Document: 2019-09013 PDF 10 Pages (208 KB) Permalink

     

    Environmental Protection Agency

    Notices

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

    Pesticide Registration Application, Notification and Report for Pesticide-Producing Establishments

    Filed on: 05/03/2019 at 8:45 am Scheduled Pub. Date: 05/06/2019

    FR Document: 2019-09230 PDF 4 Pages (193 KB) Permalink

     

    Filing:

    Petition to Modify the Tolerance and Product Labels for Glyphosate with Regard to Oats

    Filed on: 05/03/2019 at 8:45 am Scheduled Pub. Date:05/06/2019

    FR Document: 2019-09221 PDF 5 Pages (295 KB) Permalink

     

    Glyphosate Proposed Interim Registration Review Decision

    Filed on: 05/03/2019 at 8:45 am Scheduled Pub. Date:  05/06/2019

    FR Document: 2019-09222 PDF 6 Pages (209 KB) Permalink

     

    FDA

    Recalls

    See also tweets below related to 3 recalls that have not yet posted to FDA’s recall website

    Date

    Brand

    Product Description

    Reason/Problem

    Company Name

    05/02/2019

    Life Rising, HoliCare

    Dietary supplements

    Lead

    Life Rising Corporation

     

    APHIS

    National Poultry Improvement Plan General Conference Committee to Meet

    Joint Statement on the International African Swine Fever Forum

    APHIS Seeks Comment on the Pest Risk Analysis for Fresh Sapodilla Fruit Imports from Mexico into the Continental United States

    APHIS Seeks Comment on the Pest Risk Analysis for Fresh Soursop Fruit Imports from Mexico Into the Continental United States

    APHIS Seeks Comment on the Pest Risk Analysis For Importation of Fresh Mamey Sapote Fruit from Mexico Into the Continental United States

    APHIS Seeks Comment on the Pest Risk Analysis and Risk Management Document for Fresh Mombin Fruit Imports from Mexico into the Continental United States

     

    OEHHA

    Proposition 65 Definition of Nickel (Soluble Compounds)

    • ·        For purposes of Proposition 65, Nickel (soluble compounds) are defined to be compounds of nickel with solubility in water of greater than 0.1 moles per liter (mol/L) at 20oC.

     

    @FrankYiannasFDA

    @FDArecalls

    • ·        Ferrara Candy Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Peanuts and Wheat in Almond Supremes with a Best by Date of 4/22/2017
    • ·        GMJ Natural Products, Inc. Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Whey Protein in "Jugo Moringa Plus Antioxidant 32 Fl Oz Jug"
    • ·        Grande Produce Issues Voluntary Recall of Limited Quantity of Papaya “Caribeña” Due to Potential Health Risk

    @FDA_ORA

    As a Consumer Safety Officer in #FDAORA, Clint Priestley works for the Audit Staff to minimize risks associated with foods that FDA regulates. He is motivated and inspired by this work each day. LEARN MORE: https://go.usa.gov/xmNXp  #IAmORA


    May 6, 2019

    FSIS

    May 03, 2019 | PDF

    • Label Backlog Update and Tips for the Label Approval Process
    • Export Labeling Chart Now Available

    Recalls

    Product Recalled

    Date of Recall

    049-2019 Conagra Brands, Inc. Recalls Chicken Pad Thai and Chicken Fried Rice Products Due to Misbranding and Undeclared Allergens

    May 04, 2019

    034-2019 EXP Tyson Foods, Inc. Recalls Chicken Strip Products Due to Possible Foreign Matter Contamination

    May 04, 2019

     

    AMS

    USDA Meat and Fish Purchase Program Announced

     

    @FDACommissioner

    • ·        #FDA issued a safety alert today, warning consumers to avoid certain Life Rising dietary supplement products due to possible lead contamination. These products, mostly sold at Chicago area health clinics, include Holder-W Holder Warmer, Metabolism Cleansing & Neck-ND Neck Clear.
    • ·        Lead is a dangerous heavy metal that could harm the brain and nervous system. The company has issued a voluntary recall so consumers who have these products should stop using and return for a full refund. For more information, visit:

    @FrankYiannasFDA

    • ·        Cobank says, until there is reliable traceability throughout the food supply chain, the advanced technology that enables faster identification of food safety issues is also increasing the likelihood of more broad-based food advisories being issued. https://www.cobank.com/corporate/news/food-safety-issues-carry-increasingly-high-risks-for-suppliers …
    • ·        [*retweet @foodsafetyprof*] The @Cornell_FSL is all in on "smarter food safety". Excited to see how @US_FDA 's "smart food safety" initiative will turn out: https://www.fda.gov/news-events/press-announcements/statement-acting-fda-commissioner-ned-sharpless-md-and-deputy-commissioner-frank-yiannas-steps-usher …. Check out our recent paper on smarter ways to develop pathogen environmental monitoring programs:
    • ·        [*retweet @Margarita_IEG*] "There will be no pause at FDA," says @US_FDA's acting chief Ned Sharpless at first public appearance. http://bit.ly/2V3giZG  #FDA #CBD
    • ·        [*retweet @FoodSafetyTech*] #FDA steps into a “new era” of #foodsafety … here are some of the components behind it http://bit.ly/2ZNMjZ6  #DigitalTech #traceability #ecommerce
    • ·        THREAD, SAFETY ALERT: Do not eat/sell cheese labeled as “l’Explorateur” due to possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination. The pasteurized, cow’s milk cheese was made by Société Fromagère de la Brie in St. Simeon, France & distributed throughout the US. https://go.usa.gov/xmR4U
    • ·        L’Explorateur cheese is packaged in clear plastic containers & sold in the form of small, circular wheels in 250g quantities. Sell by dates on the package include May 7, 2019 & May 14, 2019. Product lot codes are 7742-H 057 & 77432-H 064. Throw these cheeses away immediately.
    • ·        Although there are no reports of illness associated with this product, the firm has issued a voluntary recall out of an abundance of caution. All import shipments from the Société Fromagère de la Brie firm are subject to an FDA Import Alert.
    • ·        Listeriosis is a rare but serious illness usually caused by eating food contaminated with the bacteria called Listeria monocytogenes. Symptoms can appear from a few days up to a few weeks after consumption of the contaminated food. Learn more: https://go.usa.gov/xmRcC

    @FDAMedia

    • ·        SAFETY ALERT: FDA is advising consumers to avoid using certain Life Rising dietary supplement products due to possible lead contamination. The company has agreed to a voluntary recall. To find out more, including which products to avoid, visit: https://go.usa.gov/xmRjY

    @FDAfood

    • ·        Registration for the 2019 FDA Central Region Retail Food Protection Seminar is now LIVE! Register now at: http://ow.ly/rDn330o3NIl 

    @FDArecalls

    • ·        ATTN: The system that is used to post recalls notices inadvertently tweeted old press releases to our twitter feed. Please disregard. We regret the inconvenience.

    @US_FDA

    • ·        FDA is holding a public meeting entitled “Responsible Innovation in Dietary Supplements” on May 16. Full details and how to register can be found here: https://go.usa.gov/xmktM


  • May 10, 2019 10:01 AM | Amy Bonsell (Administrator)

    During the Food Safety Summit, held May 6 – 9, 2019 in Chicago, AFDO Executive Director Steven Mandernach was part of an interactive town hall discussion that included representatives from the USDA, CDC and FDA. What follows are Mandernach’s opening remarks in an effort to share this message with a wider audience.

    Remarks for Town Hall Session

    Food Safety Summit

    May 9, 2019

    Steven Mandernach, Executive Director, AFDO

    Introduction

    Good morning.  It’s a pleasure to be visiting with so many passionate food safety professionals.  AFDO greatly appreciates  our strong partnership with the Food Safety Summit.  Thank you for the opportunity to participate in the Summit and this session.  Also, congratulations, to Joe Corby, my predecessor and mentor, on receiving the NSF Food Safety Leadership Award.  I can’t think of a food safety professional more deserving.   Like so many in the room, I think Joe has been an inspiring mentor.

    Background about AFDO

                The Association of Food and Drug Officials (AFDO) has existed since 1896, since that time advocating for uniform science-based food and drug laws including the establishment of the precursor to the FDA.  In my role as the Executive Director of AFDO, I spend much of my time working with food safety stakeholders such as federal, state and local regulators; industry; consumer groups; and trade associations. 

    Introduce Theme of Recalls

    Today, I’m going to focus on one of the themes that has emerged through these conversations:  RECALLS.  When I discuss recalls, we’re going to focus on what should be class I recalls -- those where there is a reasonable probability that eating the recalled food will cause serious adverse health consequences or death.

                Let’s take a step back before we get too far and establish a common understanding.  Until recently, I was a state regulator.  In my mind, everyone in the food safety system had exactly the same purpose in recalls—ensuring the recalled product was removed from the market quickly to minimize the potential for additional bad outcomes for consumers. 

                Industry wants to get the product off the market as quickly as possible so additional customers aren’t potentially harmed and to limit potential liability and brand damage.

                State and local regulators are typically working in their public health role.  They are trying ensure where the product is known to be distributed, it has been removed from the market limiting the potential for adverse consequences for their residents and constituents.

                The Federal agencies — FDA and FSIS — approach recalls a bit differently. 

    • ·       FDA recall policies suggest the FDA seeks to publicize the recalled product, evaluate whether the recall is effective, classify the recall, and verify the firm has corrected the circumstances that allowed for the recall to occur. 
    • ·       FSIS takes a bit different approach when you review their policies and procedures in that it has an added role of ensuring the product is no longer in commerce.

                What do the food consumer’s expect?  Don’t they simply expect the food they purchase is safe and not going to harm or kill them?  It’s reasonable in the United States that should be the case. 

    From the public’s perception, perhaps we all need to focus on a little more is ensuring the product is removed from the market quickly.  The food safety distribution system isn’t getting simpler.  Every internet-user is a potential food marketer often with no understanding of food safety.  As a former public employee entrusted with responsibility of food safety for a state, my nightmare was an individual getting ill from a product that had been recalled and was purchased after the recall was announced. This type illness is 100% preventable and should not happen if we have strong systems in place.

                During this process of discussions with various groups, it became clear to me that the roles of parties involved in recalls were not always the same.  For example, getting the lists of firms where recalled product was distributed to….for FDA this seems to be a function of getting information to find further distribution points and to determine if a recall has been effective normally well after-the-fact.  For FSIS, state, and local agencies, they are seeking distribution lists for the public health purpose of  quickly ensuring product is off the market in their states and communities. 

    I didn’t get these differing purposes until I read the federal agencies recall policies and procedures.  Visiting with colleagues across the food safety system, it became clear this was not a commonly understood point.   One of the pain points I learned from industry was in a national recall they were receiving upwards of 60 distribution list requests from regulatory agencies — some simply requesting the field or columns in a different order.  Imagine, if all of us in the food safety system, could instead focus on the effort ensuring product was removed from market. Might this be more effective?

    Additionally, for the many dual jurisdiction facilities and manufacturers with both FDA and FSIS oversight, the process varies significantly between the organizations, but why?  Is this difference supporting the best public health outcomes?  Could we get to a more unified and simplified process to limit the confusion in these high stress emergency events by and moving toward great consistency between the agencies?

    In 2020, we are in an age of artificial intelligence. Our cell phones can know where we parked and guess where we are likely to uber to next, why can’t we get to the point where one regulatory/public health agency, perhaps the home state, could collect the distribution information nationwide, send it through an AI system and which results in notification of regulatory authorities across the country in minutes about recalled product that had been delivered to their jurisdiction.  This system could also present the information in the manner the jurisdiction needs to take action, and perhaps even have incorporated an ability for public health regulators to record verification of product removal.  Visiting with consumer groups and consumers, I believe this is their expectation and shouldn’t it be?

    On the industry side, there are a few opportunities, too.  Better abilities to track product….as a regulator dealing with many outbreaks, it was always frustrating that we couldn’t get to the point of knowing what lot went where?  Why?  Ironically, it was one of my smallest processors with a recall that we were best able to trace the produce….the lot number was on every invoice, it was amazing how effective this simple practice was.  I suspect we might hear more about the concept of traceability in a few minutes.

    During recall events, we hear concerns about confidentiality of distribution information—for example, industry involved are reluctant to share information and FDA and FSIS are restricted by federal confidentiality laws from distributing information to state and local officials. Does this really make sense?  Would the American consumers that receive these products take the position that this is confidential information and we can’t provide information about distribution of this product?  I am encouraged by the comments from former FDA Commissioner Gottlieb and others that we can move further in this area.

    This year, AFDO has been bringing together groups of stakeholders from regulatory programs, processors, distributors, and retailers to further examine recalls and rethink and ultimately, by this time next year begin to demonstrate ways our collective food safety system can improve recall effectiveness and focus recalls as a public health measure. 

    Regretfully many of us will be involved in recalls over the next year, I want to encourage everyone at all levels to think what your organization’s role is in a recall and start refocus on a recalls primary purpose — to protect public health and prevent serious injury or death.  AFDO will continue to work with stakeholders to advance, pilot, and improve this system.

     

    Thank you again for allowing me to visit with you this morning.



  • May 08, 2019 12:49 PM | Amy Bonsell (Administrator)

    At the Global Aquaculture Alliance (GAA), our mission is to promote responsible aquaculture practices through education, advocacy and demonstration. For over 20 years, we have demonstrated our commitment to feeding the world through responsible and sustainable aquaculture.

    GAA’s Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) certification is the world’s most trusted, comprehensive and proven third-party aquaculture certification program. Through the BAP certification program, we’ve been improving the environmental, social and economic performance of the aquaculture supply chain and growing the global supply of responsibly farmed seafood. Our BAP Operations team works closely with Certification Bodies throughout the world in support of audits intended to ensure BAP standards are maintained and adhered to.

    GAA is seeking an experienced individual to join our team as Senior Program Integrity Specialist.

    Reporting to the Program Integrity Manager, the Sr. Program Integrity Specialist is responsible to manage all routine operations underpinning the integrity of the BAP certification program and deliver new projects as required to enhance BAP program Integrity.

    Other responsibilities include:

    • ·        Communicate with certification bodies, facilities, and BAP staff regarding program integrity compliance issues and sanctions.
    • ·        Review non-conformities and other summary statistics from audit reports.
    • ·        Conduct performance monitoring of auditors and certification bodies.
    • ·        Conduct and coordinate on-site and desk-top integrity audits.
    • ·        Select, direct, or train others to assist in Program Integrity projects.
    • ·        Provide assistance in auditor training events.
    • ·        Monitor summary regulatory detention/refusal data for BAP Facilities.
    • ·        Review facility compliance issues.
    • ·        Assist in the review of new standards, and in the development and updating of interpretation guidelines to standards, to ensure auditability.
    • ·        Maintain systematic record keeping
    • ·        Maintain compliance with external benchmarks, notably GFSI, GSSI and GSCP.
    • ·        Update existing Program Integrity policy and procedural documents.
    • ·        Provide reports and updates to the Program Integrity Team and GAA Management.
    • ·        Develop and manage new projects designed to strengthen and improve function, effectiveness and oversight of Program Integrity within GAA and BAP.   

    To be successful in this role requires:

    • Ability to travel domestically and internationally
    • Demonstrated ability to work with a diverse team of stakeholders
    • Superior organization, analytical, problem solving and time management skills
    • Exemplary written and oral communication.
    • Proven ability to set and achieve goals
    • Ability to prioritize and manage time effectively
    • High degree of professionalism and cultural sensitivity
    • Strong oral and written communication skills

    Other requirements:

    • ·        Bachelor’s Degree in Aquaculture, Marine Biology, or Food Science
    • ·        Five to ten years related experience in the seafood, auditing, certification or seafood arenas
    • ·        Food safety expertise/experience and qualifications are a definite advantage.

    Specialized Experience, Certificates and Licenses highly desired:

    ·    Work experience related directly to GAA Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) Standards

    ·    Multi competencies in farm, hatchery, feed mill, and processing plant standards 

    ·    ISO 17065

    ·    ISO 19011

    ·    ISO 17025

    ·    ILO Conventions

    ·    ISO 26000

    ·    GFSI

    ·    Social Accountability 8000

    ·    BRC

    ·    SQF

    ·    ISO 9001

    ·    MSC

    ·    ASC

    ·    Global GAP

    GAA is headquartered in Portsmouth, NH. We provide a casual and fun environment, competitive compensation and benefits, and the opportunity to be part of a great team in a mission driven organization. If interested, please submit a resume along with a cover letter to human.resources@aquaculturealliance.org

    GAA is an Equal Opportunity Employer. While we appreciate our agency partners, we are not using third parties to help fill this role.


  • May 03, 2019 9:41 AM | Amy Bonsell (Administrator)

    May 1, 2019

    Federal Register

    Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service

    Notices

    Pest Risk Analysis:

    Importation of Fresh Mamey Sapote Fruit from Mexico into the Continental United States

    Filed on: 05/01/2019 at 8:45 am Scheduled Pub. Date: 05/02/2019

    FR Document: 2019-08970 PDF 4 Pages (101 KB) Permalink

     

    Importation of Fresh Mombin Fruit from  Mexico Into the Continental United States

    Filed on: 05/01/2019 at 8:45 am Scheduled Pub. Date: 05/02/2019

    FR Document: 2019-08969 PDF 4 Pages (99.8 KB) Permalink

     

    Importation of Fresh Sapodilla Fruit from Mexico Into the Continental United States

    Filed on:  05/01/2019 at 8:45 am Scheduled Pub. Date: 05/02/2019

    FR Document: 2019-08965 PDF 4 Pages (98.7 KB) Permalink

     

    Importation of Fresh Soursop Fruit from Mexico into the Continental United States

    Filed on: 05/01/2019 at 8:45 am Scheduled Pub. Date: 05/02/2019

    FR Document: 2019-08966 PDF 4 Pages (99.7 KB) Permalink

     

    FDA

    Statement from Acting FDA Commissioner Ned Sharpless, M.D., and Deputy Commissioner Frank Yiannas on steps to usher the U.S. into a new era of smarter food safety

    Warning Letters

    Letter Issue Date

    Company Name

    Issuing Office

    Letter Type

    04/23/2019

    JBS Souderton, Inc. dba MOPAC

    Division of Human and Animal Food Operations East II (HAFE2)

    Warning Letter

     

    FSIS

    Notices

    Number

    Title

    Date Issued

    Expiration Date

    11-19

    Information Regarding Instructional Labeling Statements for Raw Beef Products Shipped to Intermediary Official Establishments Prior to Delivery to an Official Establishment for Full Lethality Treatment to Address Shiga Toxin-Producing E. coli

    Apr 30, 2019

    May 01, 2020

     

    AMS

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

     

    APHIS

    APHIS Analyzes Pest Risks Associated with Importing Fresh Citrus Fruit from China, Seeks Comments

     

    NIH

    Daily folic acid supplement may reduce risk of gestational diabetes

     

    FTC

    Stipulated Final Judgment and Order For Permanent Injunction and Other Equitable Relief Against Global Community Innovations LLC; Innovated Health LLC; Emerging Nutrition Inc.; Buddha My Bread LLC; Innovated Fulfillment LLC; Ship Smart LLC; Vista Media LLC; Ash Abbas LLC; DCT Marketing, Inc.; RNA Enterprise, Inc. Fred Richard Guerra, III; Lanty Paul Gray, Jr.; and Rafat Abbas (450.36 KB)

    • ·        Unsupported cognitive improvement claims on dietary supplements

    Stipulated Final Judgment and Order for Permanent Injunction and Other Equitable Relief Against Premium Health Supplies, LLC; ROS Marketing and Consulting LLC; and Robby O. Salaheddine (629.15 KB)

    • ·        Unsupported cognitive improvement claims on dietary supplements

     

     

    @FDACommissioner

    • ·        It’s time to look to the future of food safety again, w/ a view that builds on the progress we’re making w/ our regulatory framework, but also leverages the use of new & emerging tech. @FrankYiannasFDA & I are announcing a “New Era of Smarter Food Safety” https://go.usa.gov/xmXEp 
    • ·        To kick off this new focus, #FDA intends to develop a “Blueprint for a New Era of Smarter Food Safety” that will address several areas, including traceability, digital technologies & evolving food business models. We’ll also hold a public meeting to seek input & share ideas.
    • ·        We know that we cannot embark upon this journey alone and, to be successful, it’s equally important for food companies of all sizes and technology firms, as well as local and federal agencies and other stakeholders, to join us in this effort.

     

    @FrankYiannasFDA

    • ·        [*retweet @AJMC_Journal*] In first speech since stepping down as #FDA commissioner, @ScottGottliebMD reflects on agency's push for innovation http://bit.ly/2XWI2AK 
    • ·        Reminder on why food safety professionals should master both food science & behavioral science. Information does not equal behavior change. It’s more complex than that. Food Safety = Behavior. https://www.wdsu.com/article/cdc-tweets-not-to-wash-chicken-causes-online-debate/27324744
    • ·        [*retweet @lucasmearian*] FDA to pilot A.I., consider blockchain, to track and trace food https://www.computerworld.com/article/3391565/fda-to-pilot-ai-consider-blockchain-to-track-and-trace-food.html … via @computerworld #FDA #groceries #produce #supplychain #blockchain #ai
    • ·        [*retweet @FoodSafetyMagazine*] "My Boss Is the American Consumer": How @FrankYiannasFDA Brings @Walmart Expertise to @US_FDA: http://bit.ly/2IRh8GW  #GFSIexperts #foodsafety
    • ·        THREAD: Excited to announce #FDA’s “New Era of Smarter Food Safety” that is people-led, FSMA-based & technology-enabled! It’s focused on building upon on the progress we’re making while also leveraging new/emerging technology. Statement w/@FDACommissioner https://go.usa.gov/xmXEp 
    • ·        As part of this effort, pleased to share that @US_FDA intends to develop a “Blueprint for a New Era of Smarter Food Safety.” It will augment FSMA implementation efforts, address traceability, digital technologies, evolving food business models & discuss areas for collaboration.
    • ·        Today, we’re also sharing that @US_FDA plans to conduct a new pilot that will leverage artificial intelligence & machine learning to explore new ways to enhance the agency’s review of imported foods at ports of entry to ensure they meet U.S. food safety standards.
    • ·        It’s important for food companies of all sizes, technology firms, local & federal agencies and other stakeholders to join us. That’s why we’re excited about holding a public meeting later this year to learn more about what others are doing to create a smarter, safer food system.
    • ·        Ultimately, for our journey toward a new era of smarter food safety to be a success, all those involved in making food products available to consumers must walk in lockstep on this path. Together, we CAN create a safer, smarter, & more traceable food system.

    @SecretarySonny

    • ·        Sat down with the @WSJ for the Global Food Forum at @USDA today to discuss how harnessing innovation and precision ag will continue to clothe and feed the world for generations to come.

     

    May 2, 2019

    Federal Register

    Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service

    Notices

    Meetings:

    General Conference Committee of the National Poultry Improvement Plan

    Filed on: 05/02/2019 at 8:45 am Scheduled Pub. Date: 05/03/2019

    FR Document: 2019-09015 PDF 2 Pages (82.8 KB) Permalink

     

    Food and Nutrition Service

    Notices

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

    Child and Adult Care Food Program National Disqualified List

    Filed on: 05/02/2019 at 8:45 am Scheduled Pub. Date: 05/03/2019

    FR Document: 2019-09022 PDF 4 Pages (145 KB) Permalink

     

    Environmental Protection Agency

    Rules

    Pesticides; Technical Amendment to Data Requirements for Antimicrobial Pesticides

    Filed on: 05/02/2019 at 8:45 am Scheduled Pub. Date: 05/03/2019

    FR Document: 2019-09115 PDF 11 Pages (120 KB) Permalink

     

    FDA

    FDA Withdraws Outdated Compliance Policy Guides on Use of Certain Animal-Derived Materials in Animal Food

    Dockets

    FDA-2013-N-1425, Proposed Rule, Focused Mitigation Strategies to Protect Food Against Intentional Adulteration

    • ·        Comments submitted by Food and Beverage Issue Alliance, AFFI, ASIS International Food Defense and Agricultural Security Council, and SNAC International

     

    FSIS

    Recalls

    Product Recalled

    Date of Recall

    Retail Distribution List

    048-2019 Grant Park Packing Recalls Raw Ground Beef Products Due to Possible E. coli O103 Contamination | En Español

    Apr 24, 2019

    No retail sales

    Notices

    Number

    Title

    Date Issued

    Expiration Date

    12-19

    Questionnaire for Official Establishments Producing Siluriformes Fish and Fish Products

    May 02, 2019

    May 01, 2020

     

    AMS

    USDA Poultry Purchase Program Announced - Update

     

    @FDACommissioner

    • ·        I’m looking forward to giving the keynote address at #FDLI @foodanddruglaw tomorrow. I’ll be discussing the “State of FDA” & our strategic priorities for 2019. I’m thankful to FDLI for inviting me & other FDA leaders to discuss our common interest in protecting public health.
    • ·        Drs. Woodcock (@FDA_Drug_Info), Marks (@FDACBER), Mayne (@FDAFood), and Shuren (@FDAcdrhIndustry) will all sit down for a discussion about their centers as well. It’ll be a full morning of talking about the great work we do at FDA.

    @FrankYiannasFDA

    @FDAfood

    • ·        [*Retweet @almondalliance*] Dr. Gordon Davidson, consumer safety officer, FDA, discusses what the FDA's recently announced Produce Safety Rule enforcement discretion decision means for #almond growers.


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