Laws and Regulations Committee Update – December 9 – 10, 2021

December 9, 2021

Federal Register

Agriculture Department


Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposals, Submissions, and Approvals

Filed on: 12/09/2021 at 8:45 am

Scheduled Pub. Date:  12/10/2021

FR Document:  2021-26823  PDF 4 Pages (87.5 KB)  Permalink

[Note: information collection re National Poultry Improvement Plan]

Filed on: 12/09/2021 at 8:45 am

Scheduled Pub. Date: 12/10/2021

FR Document: 2021-26830  PDF 3 Pages (85 KB)  Permalink

[Note: information collection re African Swine Flu eradication]


FDA Completes Review of a Notification Regarding a Health Claim Related to Peanut Allergies

Closer to Zero – Grand Rounds  12/09/2021

[Note: 12 p.m. today, discussing action plan for reducing exposure to toxic elements in foods for children and babies.]

GRAS Notices

GRN No.SubstanceFDA’s Letter
10166’-sialyllactose sodium saltPending
10153’-sialyllactose sodium saltPending
1013Lactobacillus rhamnosus DSM 33156Pending
1012Powdered sap from Angelica keiskei (ashitaba) containing 8% chalcones (ashitaba sap)Pending
GRN No.SubstanceDate of closureFDA’s Letter
994Miracle fruit (Synsepalum dulcificum), in pulp, powder, or protein formsOct 26, 2021At the notifier’s request, FDA ceased to evaluate this notice (in PDF) (140 kB)
963Fungal oil (≥40% arachidonic acid) from Mortierella alpinaOct 19, 2021FDA has no questions (in PDF) (429 kB)
993L-carnitine-L-tartrateOct 18, 2021FDA has no questions (in PDF) (149 kB)
984Wolffia globosaOct 8, 2021At the notifier’s request, FDA ceased to evaluate this notice (in PDF) (429 kB)
990Short-chain fructooligosaccharidesOct 8, 2021FDA has no questions (in PDF) (109 kB)
966Preparations containing three to eight bacteriophages specific to Campylobacter jejuniOct 6, 2021FDA has no questions (in PDF) (312 kB)
969Bacillus subtilis “Bss-19” spore preparationOct 6, 2021FDA has no questions (in PDF)
912TrehaloseOct 1, 2021At the notifier’s request, FDA ceased to evaluate this notice (in PDF) (141 kB)


USDA Opens 2022 Signup for Dairy Margin Coverage, Expands Program for Supplemental Production



  • The FDA issued warning letters to five companies for illegally selling vaping products w/unproven health claims. Failure to correct violations promptly may result in enforcement actions to prevent the products from reaching consumers. LEARN MORE:


  • @US_FDA is an enthusiastic partner in this “whole-of-government” approach to improve health & wellness, reduce diet-related chronic diseases, & advance health equity. We will be guided by US Healthy People 2030 goals & Dietary Guidelines for Americans.


  • Tomorrow, join us to hear about the actions @US_FDA is and will take to reduce exposure to toxic elements from foods eaten by babies and young children through the “Closer to Zero” initiative. Sign up now!

December 10, 2021


FDA Issues Improvement Plan Focused on Modernizing Foodborne Illness Outbreak Responses


USDA Launches Loan Guarantee Program to Create More Market Opportunities, Promote Competition and Strengthen America’s Food Supply Chain


In Four Fast-Track SWIFT Cases, National Advertising Division Recommends Advertiser Claims be Modified or Discontinued

[Note: includes one case brought by North American Olive Oil Association for comparative claims on an olive oil product]

Marler Blog

Noodles in South Africa possible link to the deaths of three children



  • Today, we took important steps to build on a longstanding commitment to strengthen food safety to better protect consumers through the release of the Foodborne Outbreak Response Improvement Plan.
  • The plan focuses on four specific priority areas in which improvements will have the most impact on outbreaks associated with human food and will help our partners enhance the speed, effectiveness, coordination and communication of foodborne outbreak investigations.
  • We are confident that the actions outlined in this plan will in turn translate into activities focused on enhancing the prevention of outbreaks.