Laws and Regulations Committee Update – May 4 – 5, 2020

Federal Register

Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service


Environmental Assessments; Availability, etc.:

Release of Aphelinus hordei for Biological Control of Russian Wheat Aphid

Filed on: 05/04/2020 at 8:45 am Scheduled Pub. Date: 05/05/2020

FR Document: 2020-09539 PDF 4 Pages (95.9 KB) Permalink

Environmental Protection Agency


Pesticide Product Registration:

  • Applications for New Uses

Filed on: 05/04/2020 at 8:45 am Scheduled Pub. Date: 05/05/2020

FR Document:2020-09607 PDF 6 Pages (144 KB) Permalink

Pesticide Registration Review:

  • Pesticide Dockets Opened for Review and Comment

Filed on: 05/04/2020 at 8:45 am Scheduled Pub. Date: 05/05/2020

FR Document: 2020-09570 PDF 6 Pages (89.4 KB) Permalink

  • Proposed Interim Decisions for Several Pesticides

Filed on: 05/04/2020 at 8:45 am Scheduled Pub. Date: 05/05/2020

FR Document: 2020-09571 PDF 9 Pages (182 KB) Permalink


Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: Daily Roundup May 1, 2020


DateBrandProductTypeRecall ReasonCompany
05/01/2020NabiscoRitz crackersFood & Beverages,Undeclared peanutMondelez Global LLC


FSIS Issues Public Health Alert for Chicken Noodle Soup Products Due to Misbranding and an Undeclared Allergen

Constituent Update

May 01, 2020 | PDF

  • Executive Order Regarding Meat and Poultry Processors 
  • CDC and DOL Issue New COVID-19 Guidance to Meat and Poultry Industry
  • IAFP Elects FSIS’ Chief Scientist to Executive Board
  • FSIS Extending Deadline for Temporary Allowances for Labels Going to Retail
  • Labeling at a Federal Establishment
  • Labeling at Retail for Bulk Product Already in Commerce
  • Labeling at Retail for Product in Unlabeled Protective Coverings Already in Commerce  


USDA Restricts PACA Violators in Florida from Operating in the Produce Industry

USDA Files Action Against Jones Potato Chip Co. in Ohio for Alleged PACA Violations

USDA Reaches a Consent Decision with H & H Cattle Services L.L.C. and Cecil W. Hatcher


USDA Approves Minnesota to Accept SNAP Benefits Online

USDA Approves Program to Feed Kids in Delaware and Oregon

Food & Water Watch

The Next Pandemic Could Easily Come From Our Factory Farms



May 5, 2020

Federal Register

Food and Drug Administration

Proposed Rules

Filing of Food Additive Petition (Animal Use):

Biomin GmbH

Filed on: 05/05/2020 at 8:45 am Scheduled Pub. Date: 05/06/2020

FR Document: 2020-09187 PDF 2 Pages (83.4 KB) Permalink


Botanical Safety Consortium to Hold First Meeting in May

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: Daily Roundup May 4, 2020


DateBrandProductTypeRecall ReasonCompany
05/04/2020OPTAVIAEssential Old Fashioned Maple & Brown Sugar OatmealFood & Beverages, AllergensUndeclared MilkMedifast, Inc.


USDA Announces Additional Food Purchase Plans

Secretary Perdue Statement on Economic Injury Disaster Loans Being Available to U.S. Agricultural Businesses Impacted by COVID-19 Pandemic

USDA Approves Nevada to Accept SNAP Benefits Online

USDA Announces Approval of D-SNAP, Other Flexibilities for Tennessee Tornado Disaster Areas

Food & Water Watch

This Pandemic Must Change Our Country For The Better. Here’s Our Path Forward.


Biotech Blog: Update on Government Activities on Agricultural Biotechnology in 2020


  • Food is a source of comfort & nourishment, especially now during the #COVID19 public health emergency. Keep yourself and your family safe with these tips on food shopping and preparation:  #NewVideo
  • The Botanical Safety Consortium’s (@US_FDA@NIEHS, & @HESI_Global) 1st annual virtual meeting is on May 29th. Agenda includes soliciting input into current scientific challenges & opportunities related to #botanical dietary supplement ingredient safety.
  • We hope to draw scientists from gov’t, academia, consumer health groups, industry, & nonprofit orgs worldwide. Mission: provide a forum to generate a sound scientific basis for integrating existing safety data & latest toxicology tools to evaluate botanical dietary supps safety