Federal Register Update — November 15-16, 2023

November 15, 2023

Agricultural Marketing Service

Proposed Rules

Increased Assessment Rate: Raisins Produced from Grapes Grown in California

Filed on: 11/15/2023 at 8:45 am

Scheduled Pub. Date: 11/16/2023

FR Document: 2023-25247  PDF 10 Pages (106 KB)  Permalink


Proposed Posting and Posting of Stockyards

Filed on: 11/15/2023 at 8:45 am

Scheduled Pub. Date: 11/16/2023

FR Document: 2023-25248  PDF 4 Pages (97.3 KB)  Permalink

White House

A Proclamation on America Recycles Day, 2023


FDA Roundup: November 14, 2023


DateBrand Name(s)Product DescriptionProduct TypeRecall Reason DescriptionCompany Name
11/14/2023EltahanGolden RaisinsFood & BeveragesUndeclared SulfitesUSA Hookah, LLC. dba Eltahan
11/14/2023VinyardCantaloupe Chunks and Cubes and Fruit Mixes and Medleys Containing CantaloupeFood & BeveragesPotential Salmonella ContaminationVinyard Fruit and Vegetable Company

Warning Letters

Posted DateIssue DateCompanyIssuing OfficeSubject
11/14/202310/12/2023American Distribution and Manufacturing Co., LLCDivision of Northern Border ImportsForeign Supplier Verification Program (FSVP)
11/14/202310/18/2023Natural Relief Inc.Division of Human and Animal Food Operations East VUnapproved New Drugs/Misbranded


AGENCY: USDA-FNSRIN: 0584-AE94Status: Concluded
TITLE: Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC): Implementation of the Access to Baby Formula Act of 2022 and Related ProvisionsSection 3(f)(1) Significant: No
STAGE: Final RuleEconomically Significant: No
** COMPLETED: 11/14/2023COMPLETED ACTION: Consistent with Change


USDA Contributes to the Fifth National Climate Assessment, Highlighting Impacts on Agriculture, Forests and Rural Communities and Adaptation Needs


APHIS Proposes Five Additional Exemptions for Modified Plants

APHIS Finds That 12 Different Plants Submitted for Review Are Not Subject to Its Biotechnology Regulations


USDA Hosts Webinar on Domestic Origin Requirements for USDA Purchases of Meat Products

Case Highlights Importance of Growers’ Rights to Compete, Switch Integrators – as Guaranteed under the Packers & Stockyards Act



  • At @USDA, we are taking action to address the threats posed by climate change to our food security, safety, and the environment we depend on.
  • Our farmers, ranchers, and forest landowners are on the front lines of climate change.  @USDA’s role in the NCA5 exemplifies our commitment to supporting these individuals and communities, especially those who are disproportionately affected.
  • Thanks to @POTUS’ leadership, we are creating more clean energy jobs, protecting over 21 million acres of public lands and waters, and taking bold action to lessen the impacts of climate change.


  • FSIS Deputy Administrator Terri Nintemann spoke at the 2023 Wisconsin Food Safety Summit as part of FSIS’ work to develop relationships and communicate openly with regulated establishments to ensure that federal regulations are met. Nintemann discussed the latest initiatives and regulations at FSIS and detailed @USDA’s ongoing commitment to expanding processing capacity and building a more resilient supply chain through supporting small and very small meat and poultry establishments.


  • Improving the health of our nation takes a whole-of-government approach. Our @USDA partners run the #WIC program, which is proven to help moms, kids, and babies thrive. Learn more at http://fns.usda.gov/wic


  • USDA is committed to understanding & addressing climate change impacts. USDA’s contributions to NCA5 highlight the importance of agricultural adaptation, resilient forest ecosystems, and the challenges faced by rural communities. Explore the report: http://nca2023.globalchange.gov #NCA5

November 16, 2023


U.S. Department of Agriculture Announces Key Staff Appointments

USDA Invests Nearly $28M to Support Beginning Farmers and Ranchers

USDA Releases Language Access Plan to Expand Access to Department Resources and Programs

FACT SHEET: Year Two of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law at USDA

Statement from Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on the Economic Research Service’s 2023 Rural America at a Glance Report


Publication of the 2022 Annual Report of the Federal Select Agent Program


USDA Issues Opportunities for USGSA Designation Applications in the Vicinity of Indiana and Michigan; Requests Comments on Services in Michigan and Applicants in the Texas Central USGSA Designation Area

USDA Seeks Nominees for the Raisin Administrative Committee




  • During a November 13 webinar, new #FDA Deputy Commissioner for Human Foods, Jim Jones, provided expected timelines for specific initiatives, such as finalization of the Agricultural Water Rule. MORE: https://brnw.ch/21wEsJA


  • FSIS Administrator Paul Kiecker attended the American Food Manufacturing Summit in Chicago as part of FSIS’ ongoing work to support small and very small establishments. Summit attendees discussed current trends, strategic insights and best practices for food safety in their industry. Kiecker shared agency insight into optimizing inspection and food safety practices.


  • Since being signed into law by @POTUS two years ago, the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law has been instrumental in helping USDA transform the lives and livelihoods of farmers, ranchers, small businesses and communities nationwide https://usda.gov/media/press-releases/2023/11/15/fact-sheet-year-two-bipartisan-infrastructure-law-usda
  • Today @DepSecXoch announced an investment of $27.9 million across 45 newly funded projects that will develop beginning farmers & ranchers through education, training & technical assistance to help navigate their new ag careers.


  • Have you seen Episode 1 of “On the Road with Jim”? In the Northern California Field Tour, Jim Jones, @US_FDA’s Deputy Commissioner for Human Foods is in Salinas California meeting with farmers, manufacturers, state regulators, and FDA colleagues.  https://fda.gov/food/news-events-cfsan/road-jim