Laws and Regulations Committee Update – June 28 – 29, 2021

June 28, 2021


FDA’s Budget: Maternal and Infant Health and Nutrition

Public Health Alert Concerning A Possible Listeria Contamination of Little Hatch’s Ready To Eat Foods 

Avanti Frozen Foods Recalls Frozen Cooked Shrimp Because of Possible Health Risk

Dole Diversified North America, Inc. Announces Limited Recall of Dole™ Fresh Blueberries for Potential Cyclospora Contamination


DateBrand NameDescriptionTypeRecall ReasonCompany
06/25/2021Dole™Fresh BlueberriesFood & BeveragesCyclospora contaminationDole Diversified North America, Inc.
06/25/2021Censea, Hannaford, Open acres, Honest catch, COS and othersFrozen shrimp, cooked, peeled and deveined (with some packaged with cocktail sauce)Food & Beverages, Foodborne Illness, ShellfishSalmonellaAvanti Frozen Foods Pvt. Ltd


Constituent Update – June 25, 2021

  • USDA Invests $55.2 million in Grants to Increase Capacity and Expand Access in Meat and Poultry Inspection Operations
  • FSIS Finalizes Rule to Eliminate Requirement to Defibrinate Livestock Blood
  • FSIS to Post Establishment-Specific Datasets


APHIS Announces Availability of Final Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact for Importing Plants in Approved Growing Media

APHIS Preliminary Concurrence with World Organisation for Animal Health on Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy Risk Designation



  • Consumers, restaurants and retailers should not eat, sell or serve recalled shrimp from Avanti Frozen Foods. These products were sold under several different names and package sizes so check the recall list here:
  • FDA is investigating an outbreak of Salmonella Weltevreden linked to shrimp from Avanti Frozen Foods. Our investigation identified a common lot of shrimp that could have been consumed by people who became ill. This product is past expiration & is no longer available for sale.
  • Although additional lots have not been linked to illnesses, out of an abundance of caution, Avanti Frozen Foods is recalling shrimp products imported into the U.S. from December 2020 to February 2021.


  • FDA advises consumers not to purchase/eat Little Hatch’s ready-to-eat Jalapeno Cream Cheese Dip (14 & 13.5 oz), Queso, Spicy Queso, Roasted Chili Salsa Medium & Roasted Chili Salsa Hot (13.5 oz) due to a possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination.
  • Those who are at higher risk for severe Listeria illness including pregnant individuals, those who are 65 or older, or have a weakened immune system are advised to refrain from eating any these products.
  • Little Hatch’s products are manufactured by Interstate Food Products, LLC & distributed to Whole Foods Market Distribution Center, Denver, CO; Whole Foods Market Rocky Mountain Regional states – CO, KS, MO, NM, UT, TX, WY; Natural Grocers, Denver, CO; &, Lucky Market, Denver, CO.

June 29, 2021

Federal Register

Food and Drug Administration

Proposed Rules

Filing of Color Additive Petition:

Gardenia Blue Interest Group

Filed on: 06/29/2021 at 8:45 am Scheduled Pub. Date: 06/30/2021

FR Document: 2021-13952  PDF 2 Pages (84.4 KB)  Permalink

  • [Note: CAP seeking the safe use of gardenia blue powder as a color additive in: (1) sport drinks; (2) flavored or enhanced noncarbonated water; (3) fruit drinks and ades; (4) ready-to-drink tea; (5) hard candy; and (6) soft candy.]


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

New Plant Varieties Intended for Food Use

Filed on: 06/29/2021 at 8:45 am Scheduled Pub. Date: 06/30/2021

FR Document: 2021-13953  PDF 5 Pages (99.3 KB)  Permalink



DateBrand NameDescriptionProduct TypeRecall ReasonCompany
06/28/2021Trader Joe’sDark Chocolate Almond Butter CupsFood & BeveragesUndeclared peanut proteinBazzini LLC

Warning Letters

Posted DateIssue DateCompany NameIssuing OfficeSubject
06/29/202106/23/2021Great Healthworks, Inc.Office of Human and Animal Food Operations, Division IV EastUnapproved New Drugs/Misbranded
06/28/202106/09/2021Speedwinds Nutrition, Inc.Division of Human and Animal Food Operations West VINew Drug/Misbranded
06/28/202106/22/2021El Molino Bakery Supplies IncDivision of Southeast ImportsForeign Supplier Verification Program (FSVP)



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