Laws and Regulations Committee Update 8/6 – 8/8, 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

DateBrand NameProduct DescriptionReason/ProblemCompany
08/03/2018Hostess  Cookies ‘n Creme BrowniesThe “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-FNSRIN: 0584-AE57Status: Pending Review
TITLE: Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program: Requirements for Able-Bodied Adults Without Dependents
STAGE: Proposed RuleECONOMICALLY SIGNIFICANT: Yes
** RECEIVED DATE: 08/03/2018LEGAL 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

DateBrand NameProduct DescriptionReason/ProblemCompany
08/03/2018G & C Raw, more Ground Lamb Dog Food and Ground Turkey Cat FoodPotential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenesG & 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

DateBrandProduct DescriptionReason/ProblemCompany
07/27/2018El GuapoJamaica Hibiscus FlowerUndeclared PeanutMojave Foods Corporation

Warning Letters

Letter Issue DateCompany NameIssuing OfficeSubjectClose Out Date
07/03/2018SIA “Piejura”Center for Food Safety and Applied NutritionSeafood HACCP/CGMP for Foods/AdulteratedNot Issued *
05/03/2018Ramirez & Ca. (Filhos)Center for Food Safety and Applied NutritionSeafood HACCP/CGMP for Foods/AdulteratedNot Issued *
04/09/2018Taiwan Sing Rong Food Co., LTDCenter for Food Safety and Applied NutritionSeafood HACCP/CGMP for Foods/Adulterated/Insanitary ConditionsNot 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-OLEMRIN: 2050-AH00Status: 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 RuleECONOMICALLY SIGNIFICANT: No
** RECEIVED DATE: 08/07/2018LEGAL 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