Laws and Regulations Committee Update 3/20 – 3/21, 2019


FDA to Hold Public Meeting to Discuss Responsible Innovation in Dietary Supplements

Statement from FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D., and Deputy Commissioner Frank Yiannas on new steps to strengthen FDA’s food safety program for 2020 and beyond

Warning Letters

Letter Issue DateCompany NameIssuing OfficeSubjectClose Out Date
03/11/2019Merchants Market St. Croix LLCSan Juan District OfficeSeafood HACCP/CGMP for Foods/Adulterated/Insanitary ConditionsNot Issued *
03/11/2019Nutra PharmaCenter for Drug Evaluation and ResearchUnapproved New Drugs/MisbrandedNot Issued *
03/07/2019Flea Assassin, LLCDallas District OfficeNew Animal Drug/AdulteratedNot Issued *
03/05/2019Hanna’s Herb ShopDenver District OfficeNew Drug/MisbrandedNot Issued *
03/04/2019Alpha Feed Mill, IncChicago District OfficeCGMP/Medicated Feeds/AdulteratedNot Issued *
02/05/2019LaMarquise Inc.Cincinnati District OfficeCGMP Food/Prepared, Packed or Held Under Insanitary Conditions/Adulterated  Not Issued *


Registration for First 2020 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee Meeting Opens



Product RecalledDate of Recall
033-2019 La Rosita Fresh Market Inc. Recalls Ground Beef Products due to Possible E. coli O157:H7 ContaminationMar 19, 2019


NumberTitleDate IssuedExpiration Date
08-19Imported Raw Poultry Products Sampled for Salmonella and Campylobacter AnalysisMar 19, 2019Apr 01, 2020


USDA Lifts PACA Reparation Sanctions on California Produce Business

USDA Cites Penny Tsigaris, Doing Business as Manavi Produce in New York for PACA Violations

USDA Lifts PACA Reparation Sanctions on New York Produce Business

USDA Lifts PACA Reparation Sanctions on California Produce Business

AMS Issues a Complaint Against James Steven Kemp

AMS Issues an Amended Complaint to Nicholas Meat LLC and Eugene Nicholas for Alleged Violations of the P&S Act


APHIS Proposes to Recognize Singapore as Free of Foot-and-Mouth Disease

USDA Continues to Prevent African Swine Fever from Entering the U.S.


Proposed Adoption of New Chapter and Section Chapter 3: Naturally Occurring Lead in Candy Section 28500: Naturally Occurring Levels of Lead in Candy

  • Ø  This proposed regulation would establish the naturally occurring level of lead in candies containing chili and/or tamarind as required by Health and Safety Code section 110552.


  • Last month FDA announced steps to strengthen regulation of dietary supplements. Today we announced another step in this process, a May 16 meeting with stakeholders to discuss how to better protect the public from unsafe, unlawful, or misbranded supplements


  • Enjoyed meeting with @TerezaCrisMS today — discussed strong relationship between our countries relating to grain and animal protein production, the need to partner in support of ag biotechnologies, and safe, science-based trade for our products like pork and beef.
  • Thanks @POTUS for the great win for U.S. producers today, looking forward to big exports of U.S. wheat. More to come as we strengthen our bilateral relationship with Brazil.


  • European Court of Auditors (ECA) says better ‘traceability’ needed as a deterrent to organic food fraud, claiming only 40% of products examined could be traced back to producer. Yet another use case & benefit of better food traceability.
  • THREAD: Today, @SGottliebFDA & I issued a statement about our new requests in the President’s 2020 Budget to advance the #FDA food safety program. New funding would be used to strengthen public health through the use of new & emerging technologies.
  • We must continue to embrace innovation across the food safety system to make sure we secure our public health mission. That’s why as part of the President’s 2020 Budget, we’ve proposed new funding across multiple aspects of our food safety system.
  • We believe that the additional resources requested from Congress will help our program better protect our nation’s food supply and lay the foundation for efforts to create a New Era of Smarter Food Safety.


March 21, 2019

Federal Register

Agricultural Marketing Service


Marketing Order: Onions Grown in South Texas

Filed on: 03/21/2019 at 8:45 am Scheduled Pub. Date: 03/22/2019

FR Document: 2019-05435  PDF 19 Pages (438 KB) Permalink


Meetings: Fruit and Vegetable Industry Advisory Committee

Filed on: 03/21/2019 at 8:45 am Scheduled Pub. Date: 03/22/2019

FR Document: 2019-05431 PDF 4 Pages (98.5 KB) Permalink

Food and Nutrition Service


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

WIC Participant and Program Characteristics Study 2020 and 2022

Filed on: 03/21/2019 at 8:45 am Scheduled Pub. Date: 03/22/2019

FR Document: 2019-05525 PDF 6 Pages (233 KB) Permalink

Environmental Protection Agency


Pesticide Tolerances:


Filed on: 03/21/2019 at 8:45 am Scheduled Pub. Date: 03/22/2019

FR Document: 2019-05406 PDF 24 Pages (357 KB) Permalink

International Trade Administration


Antidumping or Countervailing Duty Investigations, Orders, or Reviews:

Certain Frozen Warmwater Shrimp from India

Filed on: 03/21/2019 at 8:45 am Scheduled Pub. Date: 03/22/2019

FR Document: 2019-05425 PDF 10 Pages (181 KB) Permalink


New Certification Bodies Accredited Under FDA’s Third-Party Program

Resources for Food Producers in Flooded Areas in the Central and Southern Plains


USDA Tart Cherry Purchase Program Announced

USDA Sets Date for Soybean Request for Referendum




  • Two new certification bodies, SGS North America Inc. @SGSNorthAmerica & NSF Certification, LLC @NSF_Intl have been accredited under the #FSMA Third-Party Accreditation Program validated thru application review & on-site assessment.
  • This certification gives the authority to conduct food safety audits & issue food & facility certifications for their relevant program scopes.