Laws and Regulations Committee Update – December 20 -23, 2021

December 20, 2021

Federal Register

Agricultural Marketing Service

Rules

Tart Cherries Grown in the States of Michigan, New York, Pennsylvania, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wisconsin; Changes to Reporting Requirements

Filed on: 12/20/2021 at 8:45 am

Scheduled Pub. Date: 12/21/2021

FR Document: 2021-27579  PDF 12 Pages (122 KB)  Permalink

Notices

Determination for Conducting a Continuance Referendum Regarding Amendments to the Cotton Research and Promotion Act

Filed on: 12/20/2021 at 8:45 am

Scheduled Pub. Date: 12/21/2021

FR Document:2021-27577  PDF 4 Pages (91.1 KB)  Permalink

Agriculture Department

Notices

Meetings: National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and Economics Advisory Board, Specialty Crop Committee

Filed on: 12/20/2021 at 8:45 am

Scheduled Pub. Date: 12/21/2021

FR Document: 2021-27634  PDF 3 Pages (87.6 KB)  Permalink

[Note: Meeting scheduled January 19-20]

Environmental Protection Agency

Rules

Pesticide Tolerance; Exemptions, Petitions, Revocations, etc.: Spinetoram

Filed on: 12/20/2021 at 8:45 am

Scheduled Pub. Date: 12/21/2021

FR Document: 2021-27551  PDF 13 Pages (126 KB) Permalink

FDA

FDA Grants Citizen Petition on Acacia (Gum Arabic) as a Dietary Fiber

Recalls

DateBrandDescriptionProduct TypeRecall ReasonCompany
12/18/2021Bosket BreadBread productsFood & BeveragesUndeclared soy, wheat, milk, sesame, or egg.Bosket Bread Company

FSIS

Constituent Update – December 17, 2021

[Items of interest: FSIS updates laboratory method for canned meat and poultry products; FSIS posts after-action review for E. coli O103 outbreak linked to ground beef; FSIS to post individual category status and aggregate results for poultry carcasses, chicken parts, and comminuted poultry tested for salmonella today (December 20).]

FSIS Issues Public Health Alert for Summer Sausage Products Due to Possible Foreign Matter Contamination

FSIS Issues Public Health Alert for Frozen Wonton Soup Products Due to Undeclared Allergens and Misbranding

USDA

USDA Distributes $1.5 Billion to Strengthen School Meal Program

Transportation and Agriculture Departments Urge End to Reduced and Poor Service for U.S. Grown Agricultural Commodities

APHIS

APHIS Seeks Comment on Draft Pest Risk Assessment for the Importation of Blackberry and Raspberry (Rubus allegheniensis, R. urinus, R. ulmifolius, R. glaucus, and R. idaeus) from Chile

APHIS Seeks Comment on Draft Pest Risk Assessment for the Importation of Potato Mini Tubers from the United Kingdom into the United States and Territories

December 21, 2021

Federal Register

Agricultural Marketing Service

Rules

Lamb Promotion, Research, and Information Order: Activity Changes

Filed on: 12/21/2021 at 8:45 am

Scheduled Pub. Date: 12/22/2021

FR Document:2021-27467  PDF 29 Pages (257 KB)  Permalink

FDA

Recalls

DateBrandDescriptionProduct TypeRecall ReasonCompany
12/20/2021Nature’s OwnHoney Wheat Bread (Single and 2 Pack)Food & BeveragesUndeclared MilkFlowers Foods, Inc.

FSIS

USDA Seeks Nominations for Membership on Food Safety Advisory Committee

Twitter

@DrWoodcockFDA

  • Public health and consumer protection–modernizing the agency–emergency preparedness and response: these will be our main guideposts as we move into 2022. Our focus is, and will always be, on the well-being of patients and consumers. Fulfilling Essential Public Health Needs in 2022 | FDA

December 22, 2021

Federal Register

Agricultural Marketing Service

Rules

Blueberry Promotion, Research and Information Order:

Change in Membership, Nomination Procedures, and Term of Office

Filed on: 12/22/2021 at 8:45 am Scheduled Pub. Date: 12/23/2021

FR Document: 2021-27572  PDF 17 Pages (124 KB)  Permalink

Agriculture Department

Notices

Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposals, Submissions, and Approvals

Filed on: 12/22/2021 at 8:45 am Scheduled Pub. Date: 12/23/2021

FR Document: 2021-27895 PDF 4 Pages (86.5 KB)  Permalink

[Note: Meat and Poultry Inspection Readiness Grant (MPIRG]

Environmental Protection Agency

Rules

Pesticide Tolerances:

Bicyclopyrone

Filed on: 12/22/2021 at 8:45 am Scheduled Pub. Date: 12/23/2021

FR Document: 2021-27602  PDF 18 Pages (142 KB)  Permalink

Notices

Permits; Applications, Issuances, etc.:

Pesticide Experimental Use

Filed on: 12/22/2021 at 8:45 am Scheduled Pub. Date: 12/23/2021

FR Document: 2021-27902  PDF 4 Pages (102 KB)  Permalink

Pesticide Product Registration:

Receipt of Applications for New Uses – December 2021

Filed on: 12/22/2021 at 8:45 am Scheduled Pub. Date: 12/23/2021

FR Document: 2021-27501  PDF 5 Pages (101 KB)  Permalink

FDA

December 21, 2021 – FDA In Brief: FDA Announces Outbreak Investigation of Listeria monocytogenes Found in Fresh Express Packaged Salad

Update on Steps to Facilitate the Export of Food under China’s New Facility Registration Requirements – Decree 248

Recalls

DateBrandProduct DescriptionTypeReason for Recall
12/21/2021Fresh Express, Bowl and Basket, Giant Eagle, Marketside and OthersMultiple Fresh Salad ProductsFood & BeveragesPossible Listeria monocytogenes.
12/21/2021Dream PopsDream Pops BitesFood & BeveragesMay Contain Undeclared Milk
12/21/2021HAIFA SMOKED FISHTURBOT COLD SMOKEDFood & BeveragesPotential for Listeria monocytogenes

Warning Letters

Posted DateIssue DateCompanyIssuing OfficeSubject
12/21/202111/22/2021Sarita’s Tortilla Factory, IncOffice of Human and Animal Food Operations West Division 3CGMP/Food/Prepared, Packed or Held Under Insanitary Conditions/Adulterated
12/21/202112/13/2021The Famous Lartigue SeafoodOffice of Human and Animal Food Operations-East 5Seafood HACCP/CGMP for Foods/Adulterated/Insanitary Conditions
12/21/202112/09/2021Wholly Liquid Nutritional Supplements LLCOffice of Human and Animal Food Operations East – Division 1New Drug/Misbranded
12/21/202111/08/2021Banner Smoked Fish Inc.Office of Human and Animal Food Operations East – Division 1Seafood HACCP/CGMP for Foods/Adulterated/Insanitary Conditions

Twitter

@US_FDA

  • FDA and @CDCgov, in collaboration with state and local partners, are investigating a multistate outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes infections linked to Fresh Express packaged salad. https://fda.gov/news-events/press-announcements/fda-brief-fda-announces-outbreak-investigation-listeria-monocytogenes-found-fresh-express-packaged
  • Ten people infected with the outbreak strain have been reported from eight states. A sample of Fresh Express prepackaged romaine and sweet butter lettuce was collected by the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development as part of their routine sampling efforts.
  • We recommend anyone who received recalled products use extra vigilance in cleaning and sanitizing surfaces and containers that may have come in contact with these products. Listeria can survive in refrigerated temperatures and can easily spread to other foods and surfaces.

December 23, 2021

Federal Register

Agricultural Marketing Service

Notices

Meetings: Fruit and Vegetable Industry Advisory Committee

Filed on: 12/23/2021 at 8:45 am

Scheduled Pub. Date: 12/27/2021

FR Document:2021-28008  PDF 3 Pages (86.7 KB)  Permalink

Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service

Notices

Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposals, Submissions, and Approvals: Cooperative State-Federal Brucellosis Eradication Program

Filed on: 12/23/2021 at 8:45 am

Scheduled Pub. Date: 12/27/2021

FR Document:2021-28018  PDF 6 Pages (105 KB) Permalink

Classify Canada as Level I for Bovine Tuberculosis and Brucellosis

Filed on: 12/23/2021 at 8:45 am

Scheduled Pub. Date: 12/27/2021

FR Document:2021-28057  PDF6 Pages (117 KB)  Permalink

Pest Risk Analysis: Importation of Pummelo from Vietnam Into the United States

Filed on: 12/23/2021 at 8:45 am

Scheduled Pub. Date: 12/27/2021

FR Document: 2021-27928 PDF 3 Pages (76.3 KB)  Permalink

Food and Drug Administration

Notices

Guidance: Compliance Policy Guide, Scombrotoxin (Histamine)-forming Fish and Fishery Products–Decomposition and Histamine

Filed on: 12/23/2021 at 8:45 am

Scheduled Pub. Date: 12/27/2021

FR Document:2021-28053  PDF 5 Pages (102 KB)  Permalink

White House

Readout of President Biden’s Supply Chain Convening

Remarks by President Biden in Meeting with the Supply Chain Disruptions Task Force

FDA

FDA In Brief: FDA Announces Outbreak Investigation of Listeria monocytogenes Found in Dole Packaged Salad

FDA Updates Guidances that Explain Certain Exemptions from FSMA

Virtual Public Meeting: Proposed Changes to Agricultural Water Requirements in the Produce Safety Rule, February 14, 2022; February 25, 2022

Guidance

Seafood HACCP and the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act

Low-Acid Foods Packaged in Hermetically Sealed Containers (LACF) Regulation and the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act

Juice HACCP and the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act

Recalls

DateBrandDescriptionProduct TypeRecall ReasonCompany
12/22/2021Local Fixe LLCLasagna, Noodles, Rolls, Pie Dough, Fettucine, and TortillasFood & BeveragesUndeclared WheatLocal Fixe LLC
12/22/2021Joy’s GourmetBloody Mary MixFood & BeveragesContains Undeclared Soy & Fish.Joy’s International Foods
12/22/2021Dole, Ahold, Kroger, Lidl, and OthersSaladsFood & Beverages, Foodborne Illness, ProducePotential for Listeria monocytogenesDole Fresh Vegetables Inc.

GRAS Notices

GRN No.SubstanceDate of ClosureFDA’s Letter
1001Myoglobin preparation from a strain of Pichia pastoris expressing the myoglobin gene from Bos taurusDec 3, 2021FDA has no questions (in PDF) (375 kB)

AMS

USDA Issues Final Rule on the Lamb Promotion, Research, and Information Order

APHIS

APHIS Seeks Comment on Draft Pest Risk Assessment for the Importation of Sweet Granadilla Fruit from Peru

Twitter

@US_FDA

@FDAFood

  • Save the date!  @US_FDA will be holding public meetings to discuss the recently released proposed rule “Standards for the Growing, Harvesting, Packing, and Holding of Produce for Human Consumption Relating to Agricultural Water.” #FSMA
  • UPDATE:  @US_FDA provided China’s GACC lists of U.S. establishments that want to be recommended via FDA’s #ELM for registration in #China. We request GACC registration occurs without delay so exports can continue after January 1, 2022. http://go.usa.gov/xewr3

@SecVilsack

  • Joined  @POTUS and industry leaders this morning to discuss the supply chain challenges faced by farmers – in particular the availability of containers for ag exporters and producers. Looking forward to continuing to work with the Supply Chain Task Force to address these issues.
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