Laws and Regulations Committee Update – September 17 – 18, 2020

September 17, 2020

Federal Register

Agriculture Department


Coronavirus Food Assistance Program; Correction

Filed on: 09/17/2020 at 8:45 am Scheduled Pub. Date: 09/21/2020

FR Document: 2020-20802 PDF 4 Pages (91.4 KB) Permalink


GRAS Notices

GRN No.SubstanceDate of ClosureFDA’s Letter
906Wheat seed polar lipidsAug 24, 2020FDA has no questions (in PDF)8 (573 kB)


Lessons Learned from a Decade of Investigations of Shiga Toxin–Producing Escherichia coli Outbreaks Linked to Leafy Greens, United States and Canada


Trump Administration Releases COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Strategy


Willow Tree Poultry Farm, Inc. Recalls Ready-To-Eat Chicken Salad Products due to Misbranding and an Undeclared Allergen


APHIS Proposes Animal Welfare Amendments for Research Facilities to Remove Duplicative and Unnecessary Information Requirements

USDA Updates Brucellosis and Bovine Tuberculosis Import Regulations


USDA Receives a Decision and Order Against Quinter Livestock Market LLC and Clint Kvasnicka for Packers and Stockyards Act Violations


Agriculture Spending: Opportunities Exist for USDA to Identify Successes and Challenges of the Farmers to Families Food Box Program to Inform Future Efforts


ODS Marks Its 25th Anniversary


  • ·       New analysis today examines STEC outbreaks linked to leafy greens during 2009-2018 in the US and Canada. Findings underscore the importance of Federal, state health partners, researchers, & industry working together to reduce contamination.
  • ·       FDA has an unwavering commitment to advancing the safety of fresh leafy greens. Our 2020 Leafy Greens STEC Action Plan is designed to help foster a more urgent, collaborative, and action-oriented approach.
  • ·       These important efforts are all part of the steps FDA will take over the next decade to usher in a New Era of Smarter Food Safety. #SmarterFoodSafety

September 18, 2020

Federal Register

Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service


Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposals, Submissions, and Approvals:

National Veterinary Services Laboratories Request Forms

Filed on: 09/18/2020 at 8:45 am Scheduled Pub. Date: 09/21/2020

FR Document: 2020-20741 PDF 4 Pages (64.9 KB) Permalink



NumberTitleDate IssuedExpiration
45-20End of the Year Performance Management InstructionsSep 17, 2020Oct 01, 2021


USDA Updates Export Verification Procedures for the USDA Quality Systems Verification Programs



  • ·       US soybean sales to China top 2.6 million MT in first half of Sept! Not only that, but today @USDAForeignAg reports strong global sales of rice, cotton, pork as well for week ending 9/10.