Laws and Regulations Committee Update – March 8 – 12, 2021

March 8, 2021

Federal Register

Agricultural Marketing Service

Notices

Standards for Grades:

Frozen Corn on the Cob

Filed on: 03/08/2021 at 8:45 am Scheduled Pub. Date: 03/09/2021

FR Document: 2021-04880  PDF 3 Pages (65.1 KB)  Permalink

Environmental Protection Agency

Rules

Pesticide Tolerances:

Fluindapyr

Filed on: 03/08/2021 at 8:45 am Scheduled Pub. Date: 03/09/2021

FR Document: 2021-04786  PDF 20 Pages (137 KB)  Permalink

FDA

Outbreak Investigation of Listeria monocytogenes – Hispanic-style Fresh and Soft Cheeses (February 2021)

  • [Note: March 5 update to include list of retail establishments that received potentially contaminated products.]

FDA Announces New Actions Aimed at Further Reducing Toxic Elements in Food for Babies, Young Children

FDA Letter to Industry on Chemical Hazards, including Toxic Elements, in Food and Update on FDA Efforts to Increase the Safety of Foods for Babies and Young Children

Recalls

DateBrand Name(s)Product DescriptionProduct TypeRecall Reason DescriptionCompany Name
03/06/2021HuChocolate Covered Hunks-Sour GoldenberriesFood & BeveragesMay contain Undeclared AlmondsHu Products
03/05/2021Kareem ChefTahina (Ground Sesame Paste)Food & BeveragesPotential for SalmonellaKareem Mart

HHS/NTP

Board of Scientific Counselors Meeting – April 23, 2021

FSIS

Constituent Update – March 5, 2021

USDA

Statement from Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on Senate Passage of the American Rescue Plan Act

Twitter

@FrankYiannasFDA

  • Significant milestone. As of March 3, 2021, “food safety culture” is now an official part of EU regulation. https://bit.ly/3sWxSQ6
  • As I learned a long time ago, when it comes to food safety, it’s the soft stuff (culture and human behavior) that’s the hard stuff. You can have the best policies, rules, and procedures in the world, but if they’re not put into practice by people, they’re useless.
  • A strong food safety culture is a prerequisite for effective food safety management. Let’s keep advancing food safety culture as a legitimate subset of our profession – and not just a slogan. #smarterfoodsafety #foodsafetyculture

@DrWoodcockFDA

  • Today we announced new actions aimed at further preventing or reducing chemical hazards that may be present in foods for babies and young children https://go.usa.gov/xsUuA
  • We take exposure to toxic elements in the food supply extremely seriously, especially when it comes to protecting the health & safety of the youngest and most vulnerable. We’re committed to reducing exposure to the greatest extent feasible & further advance progress in this area.

@SecVilsack

  • Consider this: 89.6% of American farmers do not make the majority of their money from farming. This needs to change. We need to create a fairer, more transparent food system, support value-added opportunities, & build new markets & streams of income for producers.
  • Today, the Senate passed the American Rescue Plan, a transformative piece of legislation that will increase nutrition assistance for millions of families, reduce child poverty, and ensure greater equity in agriculture.

@FDAfood

  • We’ve got advice for eating fish– nutritional value & potential health benefits- which supports guidance in 2015-20 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Our 2017 fish choice chart has benefits of fish as part of healthy eating patterns. https://go.usa.gov/xyT2t #FishFriday

March 9, 2021

FDA

Recalls

DateBrand NameDescriptionProduct TypeRecall ReasonCompany
03/08/2021AlqoshSesame oil “Tahin”Food & BeveragesSalmonellaMediterranean Food Inc.

FSIS

Notices

NumberTitleDate
10-21Annual Notice to High-Mileage Drivers – Fiscal Year 22Mar. 08, 2021

AMS
USDA Seeks Comments on Food Purchase Program, Will Host Listening Session

Update on the Final Rule for the Domestic Production of Hemp

@FDAfood

March 10, 2021

Federal Register

Agricultural Marketing Service

Notices

Revision of United States Standards for Grades of Watermelons

Filed on: 03/10/2021 at 8:45 am Scheduled Pub. Date: 03/11/2021

FR Document: 2021-05044  PDF 4 Pages (85.8 KB) Permalink

FDA

Listeria monocytogenes – Hispanic-style Fresh and Soft Cheeses (February 2021)

  • [Note: Updated 3/9 to include that product was distributed to Rhode Island]

GRAS

GRN No.SubstanceDate of closureFDA’s Letter
9253-fucosyllactoseFeb 8, 2021FDA has no questions (in PDF) (190 kB)
953Lactobacillus plantarum strain CECT 7527, CECT 7528, and CECT 7529Feb 5, 2021FDA has no questions (in PDF)

AMS

USDA Revises U.S. Standards for Frozen Corn on the Cob

USDA Announces Suspension of South Texas Onion Marketing Order Provisions

@FDAfood

  • Using frozen foods can be an easy way to cut down meal prep times. FDA’s new infographic has tips on how to handle frozen food items safely. https://go.usa.gov/xfHBa #FoodSafety #FrozenFoodMonth
  • We have updated the map for U.S. distribution of recalled El Abuelito-brand fresco, quesillo, and requeson cheeses. On 3/9/2021, FDA received confirmation that recalled product was also distributed to Rhode Island http://go.usa.gov/xskxg
  • Imperfect fruits and vegetables are safe to eat and nutritious! Imperfect produce may have physical imperfections like blemishes or discoloration, but they’re not damaged or rotten. Watch this video to see the journey of imperfect produce: https://go.usa.gov/xsxXT #IYFV2021
  • Parents – It is important for the growth & development of babies & young children that they have a well-balanced diet with a variety of healthy foods. Talk to your child’s pediatrician about a healthy diet for your child so they get the needed nutrients. http://go.usa.gov/xsUSg

March 12, 2021

Federal Register

Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service

Notices

  • List of Regions Affected with African Swine Fever:

Addition of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste

Filed on: 03/12/2021 at 8:45 am Scheduled Pub. Date: 03/15/2021

FR Document: 2021-05275  PDF 3 Pages (94.4 KB) Permalink

  • Proposed Revision to Import Requirements for the Importation of Fresh Sand Pears from the Republic of Korea into the United States

Filed on: 03/12/2021 at 8:45 am Scheduled Pub. Date: 03/15/2021

FR Document: 2021-05273  PDF 5 Pages (89.9 KB)  Permalink

AMS

USDA Proposes Revising U.S. Standards for Watermelon

Twitter

@FrankYiannasFDA

@FDAfood

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