Laws and Regulations Committee Update – October 5 – 6, 2020

October 5, 2020

Federal Register

Agricultural Marketing Service


  • –          Quality Systems Verification Programs

Filed on: 10/05/2020 at 8:45 am Scheduled Pub. Date: 10/06/2020

FR Document: 2020-19655 PDF 43 Pages (197 KB) Permalink

  • –          Reapportionment:

Egg Research and Promotion

Filed on: 10/05/2020 at 8:45 am Scheduled Pub. Date: 10/06/2020

FR Document: 2020-19431 PDF 12 Pages (89.8 KB) Permalink

Proposed Rules

  • –          Referendum Order:

Oranges, Grapefruit, Tangerines, and Pummelos Grown in Florida

Filed on: 10/05/2020 at 8:45 am Scheduled Pub. Date: 10/06/2020

FR Document: 2020-20745 PDF 4 Pages (90.8 KB) Permalink


FDA to Hold Public Meetings to Discuss the Requirements for Additional Traceability Records for Certain Foods: Proposed Rule


DateBrand Name(s)DescriptionTypeRecall ReasonCompany
10/03/2020WalmartCut or sliced apples, grapes, mangoes, pineapples, and cantaloupeFood & Beverages,Potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenesCountry Fresh
10/02/2020Smart CareHand sanitizer packaged in 0.84 oz. pouchesDrugs,Product is packaged in containers resembling a food and drink pouchAshtel Studios


Oct 02, 2020 | PDF

  • FSIS to Participate in NARMS Public Meeting
  • Reminder: Upcoming FSIS Public Meeting
  • USDA Releases Revised HACCP and SSOP Guidance Materials
  • FSIS Names Food Safety Fellows
  • Establishment-Specific Datasets Now Available
  • FSIS Extends Comment Period on Import Volume Dataset and Data Documentation

White House

Proclamation on Made In America Day and Made In America Week, 2020

National Academies

National Academies Release Framework for Equitable Allocation of a COVID-19 Vaccine for Adoption by HHS, State, Tribal, Local, and Territorial Authorities



October 6, 2020

Federal Register

Agriculture Department


Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposals, Submissions, and Approvals

Filed on: 10/06/2020 at 8:45 am Scheduled Pub. Date: 10/07/2020

FR Document: 2020-22123 PDF 5 Pages (78.6 KB) Permalink

  • –          APHIS Environmental Monitoring Form

Food and Drug Administration


Request for Information:

Labeling of Foods Comprised of or Containing Cultured Seafood Cells

Filed on: 10/06/2020 at 8:45 am Scheduled Pub. Date: 10/07/2020

FR Document: 2020-22140 PDF 11 Pages (109 KB) Permalink


Salmonella: Wood Ear Mushrooms – Dried Fungus (September 2020) (Oct. 5 Update)

FDA, Mexican Counterparts Enhance Food Safety Partnership


DateBrandDescriptionTypeRecall ReasonCompany
10/05/2020Seneca, Clancy’sSeneca Cinnamon Apple Chips and Clancy’s Cinnamon Apple ChipsFood & Beverages,Possible Salmonella contaminationSeneca Snack Company


AGENCY: HHS-FDARIN: 0910-ZA77Status: Pending Review
TITLE: Public Availability of Lists of Retail Consignees to Effectuate Certain Human and Animal Food Recalls; Final Guidance for Industry and Food and Drug Administration Staff; Availability
AGENCY: HHS-FDARIN: 0910-ZA79Status: Pending Review
TITLE: Voluntary Disclosure of Sesame as an Allergen: Guidance for Industry


NTP Update – October 2020 now available

  • –          Arsenic, fluorescent mice, and PFAS among topics at tox conference
  • –          PFAS research shared at federal workshop hosted by NIEHS


USDA Restricts PACA Violators in California, Florida and Texas from Operating in the Produce Industry

USDA Files Action against North Pacific Canners and Packers Inc., d/b/a NORPAC Foods Inc. in Oregon for Alleged PACA Violations

USDA Proposes to Amend the Lamb Promotion, Research and Information Order


  • ·       Today, #FDA & our colleagues in Mexico (@SENASICA@COFEPRIS) memorialized a NEW Food Safety Partnership. Smarter Food Safety requires collaboration. Working together, we’ll further protect consumers in both the U.S. and Mexico.


  • ·       In the ongoing multistate outbreak of Salmonella Stanley infections linked to wood ear mushrooms imported by Wismettac Asian Foods, @CAPublicHealth determined, through genetic testing, the Samonella present in the samples matched the outbreak strain.
  • ·       Wismettac Asian Foods, Inc. acted quickly upon being notified of the positive test result and recalled all wood ear mushrooms within shelf life on September 23, 2020. These wood ear mushrooms were only sold to restaurants and were not available directly to consumers.
  • ·       Today, @US_FDA held a ceremony commemorating the signing of a Statement of Intent that enhances the Food Safety Partnership between the U.S. & Mexico. The Food Safety Partnership broadens & strengthens the scope of the previous Produce Safety Partnership.
  • ·       The partnership between the FDA, SENASICA, and COFEPRIS embraces the use of new and emerging technologies to strengthen the Participants’ respective technical and predictive capabilities; leverages current food safety programs; and further enhances collaborations.


  • ·       It appears Europe has forgotten the “farm” in “farm to fork.” Putting barriers between the world’s producers and consumers, discouraging innovation needed to increase production, and stifling economic growth is exactly the wrong way to meet the global food challenge.