Laws and Regulations Committee Update – January 8 – 11, 2021

January 8, 2021

Federal Register

Agriculture Department


Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposals, Submissions, and Approvals

Filed on: 01/08/2021 at 8:45 am Scheduled Pub. Date: 01/11/2021

FR Document: 2021-00229 PDF 5 Pages (77.8 KB) Permalink

  • APHIS information collection related to Importation of Animals and Poultry, Animal and Poultry Products, Certain Animal Embryos, Semen and Zoological Animals


What FDA’s Foods Program Achieved in 2020 to Protect Consumers and the Food Supply


FSIS Issues Public Health Alert for Not-Ready-to-Eat, Heat Treated, Not Fully Cooked Chicken Enchilada Products Due to Misbranding and an Undeclared Allergen


Producers of Florida Citrus Vote to Continue Federal Marketing Order



  • #2020atFDA: We’ve advanced several important new food safety initiatives during 2020.
  • In July, we released the New Era of Smarter Food Safety Blueprint, which outlines the steps FDA will take over the next decade to create a more digital, traceable and safer human and animal food system.
  • We also outlined a collaborative, action-oriented approach to enhancing the safety of leafy greens and help prevent the recurring outbreaks of Shiga-toxin producing E. coli, the 2020 Leafy Greens STEC Action Plan.

January 11, 2021


Better Data for a Better Understanding of the Use and Safety Profile of Cannabidiol (CBD) Products


DateBrandDescriptionProduct TypeRecall ReasonCompany
01/10/2021Weis, Klein’s, Nelson’sIce cream productsFood & BeveragesMay be contaminated with extraneous materialWeis Markets


HHS Finalizes Unprecedented Regulatory Reform



NumberTitleDate IssuedExpiration Date
04-21Profile Updates in Domestic Establishments That Produce Raw Chicken and Turkey ProductsJan 08, 2021Jan 01, 2022

Constituent Update

Jan 08, 2021 | PDF

  • Establishment-Specific Datasets Now Available
  • FSIS Posts Updated Dataset on Import Refusals


USDA Establishes Weekly Report to Highlight Seasonable and Perishable Product Trends

USDA Approves Hemp Production Plans for Rhode Island, the Soboba Band of Luiseno Indians

USDA Extends Harmonized GAP Assistance Program for Fruit and Vegetable Growers in 16 States

USWA FY 2020 Annual Report


AGENCY: EPA-OLEMRIN: 2050-AH09Status: Pending Review
TITLE: Addressing PFOA and PFOS in the Environment
AGENCY: USDA-FNSRIN: 0584-AE67Status: Concluded
TITLE: Simplifying Meal Service and Monitoring Requirements in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs
** COMPLETED: 01/08/2021COMPLETED ACTION: Withdrawn


Statement on the establishment of the Office of Nutrition Research within the NIH Office of the Director



  • Today, I had the opportunity to participate in an @AllHealthPolicy event to discuss FDA’s role in the #COVID19 response & best practices/lessons learned to date, as well as unparalleled contributions to public health FDA has made over the past year.
  • #2020atFDA: Our Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition launched two new consumer education campaigns this year.
  • One, the New Nutrition Facts label to help consumers use the updated Nutrition Facts label on food packages to make healthier food choices.
  • Another, called Feed Your Mind, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), to provide science-based information on genetically engineered foods, commonly called GMOs.
  • Real-world data on CBD use and safety has a crucial role alongside data from other types of studies & is part of the foundational science needed to more fully understand the safety profile of products containing CBD #FDAVoices


  • Pet Owners Paw prints Learn the signs of aflatoxin poisoning and if you suspect a pet’s food may contain unsafe levels of aflatoxin, act quickly to stop feeding the suspected food and contact a veterinarian ASAP
  • Aflatoxins are produced by a type of mold that can grow on some ingredients (e.g., Ear of maize ) that go into pet food. They can be there even if you can’t see mold on the food. At high levels, aflatoxins can cause illness, liver damage, and death in pets.
  • Pets with aflatoxin poisoning may be sluggish, have ↓appetite, vomit, be jaundiced (yellowish tint to the eyes or gums due to liver damage), and/or have diarrhea. In severe cases, it can be fatal. Sometimes pets may have liver damage but not show signs of illness.