Laws and Regulations Committee Update – October 29 – November 2, 2021

October 29, 2021

Federal Register

Food and Drug Administration

Notices

Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposals, Submissions, and Approvals: Recordkeeping Requirements for Microbiological Testing and Corrective Measures for Bottled Water

Filed on: 10/29/2021 at 8:45 am

Scheduled Pub. Date: 11/01/2021

FR Document: 2021-23741  PDF 6 Pages (107 KB)  Permalink

[Note: notice solicits comments on recordkeeping measures for microbiological testing and corrective measures for domestic and foreign bottled water manufacturers that sell bottled water in the United States]

Environmental Protection Agency

Rules

Pesticide Tolerances: Fluensulfone

Filed on: 10/29/2021 at 8:45 am

Scheduled Pub. Date:11/01/2021

FR Document: 2021-23628  PDF 13 Pages (126 KB)  Permalink

CFSAN

FDA Issues Updated Advice about Eating Fish [Note: news release describes what has changed about FDA’s recommendations.]

AMS

USDA Announces Over $243 Million in Grants Awarded to Strengthen the Specialty Crop Industry

USDA

Statement from Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on President Biden’s Framework for the Build Back Better Act [Note: makes note of USDA funding in Build Back Better Act, including for nutrition and conservation initiatives].

Twitter

@SecVilsak

  • This historic investment of more than $243 million in grants will help the specialty crops industry recover from the effects of the pandemic and help us transform our food system as we work to build back better.
  • The Build Back Better framework will expand free school meals to 8.7 million children during the school year and provide a $65 per child per month benefit to the families of 29 million children to purchase food during the summer.

November 1, 2021

Federal Register

Environmental Protection Agency

Rules

Pesticide Tolerances: Benzobicyclon

Filed on: 11/01/2021 at 8:45 am

Scheduled Pub. Date: 11/02/2021

FR Document: 2021-23836  PDF 15 Pages (129 KB)  Permalink

White House

FACT SHEET: Summit on Global Supply Chain Resilience to Address Near-Term Bottlenecks and Tackle Long-Term Challenges

Chair’s Statement on Principles for Supply Chain Resilience

Remarks by President Biden at Global Summit on Supply Chain Resilience

FDA

Recalls

DateBrand NameProduct DescriptionProduct TypeRecall ReasonCompany
10/29/21Dole, Marketside, Kroger, Salad ClassicsGarden saladFood & Beverages, Foodborne Illness, ProducePotential contamination with Listeria monocytogenesDole Fresh Vegetables, Inc.
10/29/21MaryRuth’sLiquid probiotic for infantsFood & BeveragesPotential contamination with Pseudomonas aeruginosaMaryRuth’s

FSIS

Constituent Update – October 29, 2021

FSIS Issues Public Health Alert for Salame Stick Products Due to Possible Salmonella Contamination

Notices

53-21, CANCELLATION OF FSIS DIRECTIVES

APHIS

APHIS Seeks Comments on a Commodity Import Evaluation Document for Imports of Fresh Plum Fruit from Chile into the United States

November 2, 2021

Federal Register

Food Safety and Inspection Service

Rules

Egg Products Inspection Regulations; Correction

Filed on: 11/02/2021 at 8:45 am

Scheduled Pub. Date: 11/03/2021

FR Document: 2021-23703  PDF   Pages (145 KB)  Permalink

[Note: clarifying correction to regulations—plants that have not already implemented HACCP will continue to need to meet the times and temperatures contained in Table 1 of 9 CFR 590.530 and the times and temperatures found in 9 CFR 590.536 until the HACCP regulations become effective on 10/31/2022.]

Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service

Notices

Proposed Revision to Requirements for the Importation of Plums From Chile Into the United States

Filed on: 11/02/2021 at 8:45 am

Scheduled Pub. Date: 11/03/2021

FR Document: 2021-23904  PDF 4 Pages (82.6 KB)  Permalink

White House

Fact Sheet: President Biden Tackles Methane Emissions, Spurs Innovations, and Supports Sustainable Agriculture to Build a Clean Energy Economy and Create Jobs

FDA

Recalls

DateBrand NameProduct DescriptionProduct TypeRecall ReasonCompany
10/31/2021TastykakeCupcakesFood & BeveragesPotential presence of tiny fragments of metal mesh wireFlowers Foods, Inc.
11/01/2021Ukrop’sGreen Salads and Chicken Caesar Wrap     Food & Beverages         May contain small pieces of brown plastic    Ukrop’s Homestyle Foods  

CFSAN

FDA Issues Guidance on Temporary Marketing Permits [Note: Guidance available here]

OMB

AGENCY: USDA-APHISRIN: 0579-AD10Status: Concluded
TITLE: Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy and Scrapie; Importation of Small Ruminants and Their Germplasm, Products, and Byproducts
STAGE: Final RuleECONOMICALLY SIGNIFICANT: No
RECEIVED DATE: 06/29/2021LEGAL DEADLINE: None  
** COMPLETED: 11/01/2021COMPLETED ACTION: Consistent with Change

APHIS

APHIS Seeks Comment on Draft Pest Risk Assessment for the Importation of green mature Banana from Uganda

APHIS Seeks Comment on Draft Pest Risk Assessment for the Importation of Mango Fruit from Saint Lucia

Twitter

@USDA

  • Just announced: Agriculture Secretary Vilsack will travel to Glasgow to participate in #COP26, but first he will go to Brussels to make a major US-EU partnership announcement. https://conta.cc/3w2zbzW

@SecVilsack

  • I’m approaching this trip the same way we must all approach finding more sustainable, climate-smart agricultural production systems – with a sense of urgency to find solutions and with hopefulness for cooperation. #TogetherForOurPlanet
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