Laws and Regulations Committee Update – November 19 – 23, 2021

November 19, 2021

Federal Register

Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service

Notices

Decision to Authorize the Importation of Fresh Mango Fruit From Colombia Into the United States

Filed on: 11/19/2021 at 8:45 am

Scheduled Pub. Date: 11/22/2021

FR Document: 2021-25361  PDF 7 Pages (115 KB)  Permalink

Twitter

@DrWoodcockFDA

  • It was a pleasure to speak at today’s important public meeting on FDA’s Closer to Zero Action Plan. The plan sets forth our commitment to reducing exposure to toxic elements in foods commonly eaten by babies & young children to the lowest possible levels.
  • It has long been an FDA priority to protect babies and young children from the harmful effects of contaminants such as lead and arsenic.  We know they are especially susceptible to these dangers because of their smaller body sizes and metabolism.
  • Our plan outlines a multi-phase, science-based, iterative approach to achieving our goal of getting levels of toxic elements in foods closer to zero over time.
  • Today’s meeting is a critical component of this action plan. It is just the first of what we anticipate will be several public meetings on this critical topic.
  • And it is just one way that we will engage and collaborate with stakeholders to ensure that we hear a full range of experiences and opinions to inform our work and help us implement strong and effective policies.

November 22, 2021

Federal Register

Agricultural Marketing Service

Proposed Rules

Suspension of Reporting and Collection Requirements for Washington Apricots

Filed on: 11/22/2021 at 8:45 am

Scheduled Pub. Date: 11/23/2021

FR Document: 2021-25277  PDF 9 Pages (87.2 KB)  Permalink

Environmental Protection Agency

Proposed Rules

Receipt of a Pesticide Petition Filed for Residues of Pesticide Chemicals in or on Various Commodities

Filed on: 11/22/2021 at 8:45 am

Scheduled Pub. Date: 11/23/2021

FR Document: 2021-25417  PDF 5 Pages (106 KB)  Permalink

[Note: Petitions filed by industry requests establishing of or modifying regulations for residues of pesticides on food commodities]

FDA

Recalls

DateBrandDescriptionProduct TypeRecall ReasonCompany
11/19/2021WilburDark Chocolate Triple Covered Malted Milk BallsFood & BeveragesUndeclared peanutsCargill

FSIS

Constituent Update – November 19, 2021

[Items of interest: FSIS Posts After-Action Review for Listeria monocytogenes (Lm) Outbreak Linked to Pork Patty Products; FSIS to Post Next Set of Establishment-Specific Datasets on Raw Pork Products; FSIS to Post Individual Category Status and Aggregate Results for Poultry Carcasses, Chicken Parts, and Comminuted Poultry Tested for Salmonella]

USDA

Statement from Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on House Passage of President Biden’s Build Back Better Act

Twitter

@FDAFood

RT @SOToxicology Part of their colloquia series, SOT and @FDAfood are co-hosting “Arsenic and Children’s Health” on Dec. 1. Registration is free and open for this live webcast: https://toxicology.org/events/shm/fda/FDAColloquia-2021-Dec1.asp

November 23, 2021

Federal Register

Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service

Notices

List of Regions Affected with African Swine Fever: Addition of the Kingdom of Bhutan

Filed on: 11/23/2021 at 8:45 am

Scheduled Pub. Date: 11/24/2021

FR Document:2021-25611  PDF 3 Pages (90.9 KB)  Permalink

FDA

Recall

DateBrandDescriptionProduct TypeRecall ReasonCompany
11/22/2021The Spice HouseSichuan Chili BBQ RubFood & BeveragesUndeclared sesameThe Spice House
11/22/2021Country Time, Tang, Kool-Aid, Arizona TeaCountry Time Lemonade, Tang, Arizona Tea powdered beverages and Kool-Aid powdered beverage productsFood & BeveragesPotential presence of glass and metalKraft Heinz
11/22/2021TaDah!Spicy Brown Sugar Harissa HummusFood & Beverages, Allergens, Organic Food / Home GrownUndeclared milk allergenTadah! Foods

USDA

USDA Invests $32 Million to Strengthen U.S. Food Supply Chain; Solidifies Commitment to Helping the Meat and Poultry Sector Recover from the Pandemic

Statement from Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on Canada’s Suspension of Potatoes from Prince Edward Island, Canada, to the United States

Twitter

@DrWoodcockFDA

  • During #COVID19, we had to rework our business operations while adhering to public health guidelines to mitigate the spread. Today, we’re proud to share that we’ve exceeded the goals set out in our May 2021 inspections report for completing domestic surveillance activities.

@US_FDA

  • Today we released an updated “Resiliency Roadmap” report highlighting our inspectional, surveillance and compliance activities during #COVID19, as well as the steps we’re taking to move toward full resumption of inspections. View the updated report here: https://fda.gov/media/154293/download

@FDAFood

  • Recording of the first Closer to Zero Action Plan public meeting is now available. Visit the meeting page to view the recording, download meeting materials, and get info on how to provide comments. The comment period is open through December 20, 2021. http://go.usa.gov/xe5Pa
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