Federal Register Update — March 20-21, 2023

March 20, 2023

Food and Drug Administration


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

Food Canning Establishment Registration, Process Filing, and Recordkeeping for Acidified Foods and Thermally Processed Low-Acid Foods in Hermetically Sealed Containers

Filed on: 03/20/2023 at 8:45 am

Scheduled Pub. Date: 03/21/2023

FR Document: 2023-05742  PDF 9 Pages (114 KB)  Permalink


FDA Roundup: March 17, 2023

Hepatitis A Virus – Frozen Strawberries (February 2023)


DateBrandDescriptionProduct TypeRecall ReasonCompany
03/17/2023Simply Nature, Vital Choice and othersFrozen Organic Strawberries and fruit blendFood & BeveragesHepatitis AScenic Fruit Company
03/17/2023Gerber Good StartPowdered Infant formulaFood & BeveragesPotential Cronobacter sakazakii contaminationPerrigo Company plc


Constituent Update – March 17, 2023

  • Reminder: FSIS is Expanding Generic Label Approval
  • FSIS to Post Individual Category Status and Aggregate Results for Poultry Carcasses, Chicken Parts, and Comminuted Poultry Tested for Salmonella

WOW Frozen Food LLC Recalls Frozen Meat and Poultry Sfihas Products Produced Without Benefit of Inspection

Hoyo, SBC Recalls Frozen, Ready-To-Eat Beef Sambusa Product Due to Possible Foreign Matter Contamination


Federal Order for U.S. Imports of Host Materials of Tomato Leafminer (Phthorimaea absoluta)

APHIS Seeks Public Comment on the Draft Rangeland Grasshopper and Mormon Cricket Suppression Program Environmental Assessment in New Mexico

USDA Extends Public Comment Period for Proposed Enhancements of Animal Disease Traceability Regulations

APHIS Amends Regulations for Agricultural Quarantine and Inspection (AQI) User Fees in Response to Court Order

March 21, 2023

White House

A Proclamation on National Agriculture Day, 2023


FDA Releases Prevention Strategy to Enhance the Safety of Soft Fresh Queso Fresco-Type Cheeses


DateBrandDescriptionProduct TypeRecall ReasonCompany
03/20/2023KayteeWild Bird Food Birders’ BlendAnimal & Veterinary, Pet FoodPotential Elevated Levels of AflatoxinKaytee Products Inc.
03/20/2023KagomeWorcestershire Sauce, Chuno Sauce, and Take Out Tonkatsu SauceFood & Beverages, Allergens, Gravy/SaucesUndeclared SoyMutual Trading, Inc.


AGENCY: HHS-FDARIN: 0910-ZB07Status: Concluded
TITLE: Questions and Answers About Dietary Guidance Statements in Food Labeling: Draft Guidance for Industry
** COMPLETED: 03/20/2023COMPLETED ACTION: Consistent with Change


Biden-Harris Administration Invests Nearly $200M from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to Reduce Wildfire Risk to Communities across State, Private and Tribal Lands




  • This week at @USDA we are celebrating National Ag Day and National Ag Week by taking a moment to thank all of our tireless agriculture workers.
  • Thank you, @agripulse, for the opportunity to speak at the 2023 Agri-Pulse Ag & Food Policy Summit about @USDA’s efforts to support the next generation of ag leaders. Building a bright future for agriculture requires bringing new, diverse voices into the fold.


  • Over the past 3 months, there have been 3 different recalls of powdered infant formula (Gerber, Enfamil, & ByHeart), because of potential contamination with Cronobacter sakazakii. This is unusual and almost NEVER happened in the past.
  • POP QUIZ – Why now, what changed? A) manufacturing conditions have deteriorated, B) manufacturers are reporting positive tests to FDA (although NOT required by law) or C) FDA doing more thorough records reviews & learning of company positive tests, resulting in expanded recalls?
  • I’m proud to have been part of the team at FDA that resulted in more thorough inspections now being done of powdered infant formula plants. But there’s more that CAN be done and MUST be done by both regulators and industry to further protect infants in this country. Stay tuned. I plan to write about that.