Laws and Regulations Committee Update – September 9 – 10, 2019

Federal Register

Agriculture Department


Completion of Interim Rules

Filed on: 09/09/2019 at 8:45 am Scheduled Pub. Date: 09/10/2019

FR Document: 2019-19553 PDF 4 Pages (163 KB) Permalink

  • USDA announces that it has fully completed 20 rulemaking initiatives which were published in the Federal Register 2006 – 2015 and that no further rulemaking publication is required. No food rules were implicated.

Proposed Rules

Withdrawal of Certain Proposed Rules

Filed on: 09/09/2019 at 8:45 am Scheduled Pub. Date: 09/10/2019

FR Document: 2019-19572 PDF 3 Pages (158 KB) Permalink

  • USDA announces that it has withdrawn pending regulatory actions including, FSIS Performance Standards for the Production of Meat and Poultry Products; APHIS Livestock Marketing Facilities

Food Safety and Inspection Service


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

Specified Risk Materials

Filed on: 09/09/2019 at 8:45 am Scheduled Pub. Date: 09/10/2019

FR Document: 2019-19443 PDF 7 Pages (211 KB) Permalink

  • Specified Risk Materials for Cattle


FDA Modernizes the Electronic Submission Process for Food Ingredient and Packaging Materials Submissions

FDA Advises Consumers Not to Eat Yellowfin Tuna Steaks from Kroger Retail Stores in Multiple States


DateBrandProduct DescriptionProduct TypeReason/ProblemCompany
09/07/2019MDHMDH SAMBAR MASALAFood & Beverages,SalmonellaHouse Of Spices India
09/06/2019Udi’sClassic Hamburger BunsFood & Beverages,Foreign Object White PlasticConagra Brands


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  • Tips for Label Approval Process
  • Active Shooter Preparedness and Recovery Resources Designed for Businesses Available from DHS


NumberTitleDate IssuedExpiration Date
30-19Changes to the National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System Sampling ProgramSep 06, 2019Sep 01, 2020


NTP Update – September 2019 now available


  • @US_FDA’s public meeting on New Era of Smarter Food Safety will be held on Oct 21. Please mark your calendars now & plan to join us. More details to come. Together, we CAN create a more digital, traceable, and safer system.

September 10, 2019


FDA Announces Cooperative Agreement to Implement Produce Safety Rule

FDA Fact Sheet: Association Produce Cooperative Agreement Program


09/09/2019Martha WhiteCornbread and Muffin MixFood & Beverages, Bakery Product/MixPossible presence of GlutenHometown Food Company


USDA Lifts PACA Reparation Sanctions on New Jersey Produce Business

AMS Proposes Reducing Fees for Sampling, Inspection, Weighing, and Certification of Rice

USDA Announces Establishment of a Milk Donation Reimbursement Program


USDA and FDA Could Take Additional Steps to Reduce Consumer Confusion



  • FDA today announced new funding for the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) to provide critical resources to help state and territorial agencies continue to implement FSMA
  • NASDA will help implement produce safety programs that encourage the safe production of fresh fruits and vegetables, the understanding of the Produce Safety Rule, and compliance with the rule’s requirements.
  • As part of the five-year agreement, NASDA will also help implement and update the On-Farm Readiness Review system and develop a national produce safety regulatory program that promotes a uniform foundation of produce safety.
  • FOOD SAFETY ALERT: consumers should not eat and discard recalled yellow fin tuna steaks from Kroger stores in 16 states after several became ill from scombroid poisoning.
  • The tuna affected by this recall was sold in AL, AR, GA, IL, IN, KS, KY, MI, MO, MS, NE, OH, SC, TN, VA and WV, with sell by dates from August 29, 2019 to September 14, 2019.
  • Scombroid poisoning happens from consuming fish species that have begun to spoil. The toxins are not destroyed by freezing, cooking, smoking, curing or canning.