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Laws and Regulations Committee Update 8/27 - 8/31, 2018

Posted on August 31, 2018

Blog: Association of Food & Drug Officials (AFDO)

August 27, 2018 

Federal Register

Agricultural Marketing Service

Proposed Rules

Pears Grown in Oregon and Washington:

Increased Assessment Rate for Fresh Pears

Filed on: 08/27/2018 at 08:45 am Scheduled Pub. Date: 08/28/2018

FR Document: 2018-18552  PDF 16 Pages (253 KB)  Permalink

 

FSIS

FSIS Issues Public Health Alert for Empire Kosher Poultry, Inc. Raw Chicken Products due to Possible Salmonella Contamination

Aug 24, 2018 | PDF

  • FSIS to Implement Enhancements to PHIS Import Inspection Module

 

APHIS

USDA Announces Deregulation of GE Canola with Altered Oil Profile

 

AMS

AMS Issues Complaint against Nicholas Meat LLC, and Deborah Nicholas for Alleged Violations of the P&S Act

AMS Issues Complaint against Bruce D. Camenzind, dba Clarence E. Camenzind Funnel Trust; BK Farms: Dixon Ranch for Alleged Violations of the P&S Act

AMS Issues Complaint Against John Cathey for Alleged Violations of the P&S Act

 

OIRA

AGENCY: USDA-APHIS

RIN: 0579-AD71

Status: Concluded

TITLE:Establishing a Performance Standard for Authorizing the Importation and Interstate Movement of Fruits and Vegetables

STAGE: Final Rule

ECONOMICALLY SIGNIFICANT: No

RECEIVED DATE: 04/12/2018

LEGAL DEADLINE: None  

REVIEW EXTENDED

** COMPLETED: 08/24/2018

COMPLETED ACTION: Consistent with Change

 

@FDAfood, @US_FDA, @SGottliebFDA, @FDA_ORA, @FDAMedia, @FDAanimalhealth, @FDArecalls, @FDASpox

  • ·        Have a problem or adverse reaction to a food, cosmetic or dietary supplement? Contact an FDA Consumer Complaint Coordinator or submit a voluntary MedWatch form. https://go.usa.gov/xUtRD 
  • ·        Dateline Aug 24: "Police in Chester County, Pa., are sounding the alarm after two men died taking the legal supplement Kratom, known as the herbal opioid."


August 28, 2018

FDA

Release of Materials from FDA’s Nutrition Innovation Strategy Public Meeting

 

USDA

Statement of Secretary Perdue on U.S.-Mexico Trade Agreement

USDA Announces Details of Assistance for Farmers Impacted by Unjustified Retaliation

 

FSIS

Aug 27, 2018 | PDF

  • FSIS to Implement Enrichment Method to Detect Campylobacter in All Raw Poultry Samples

 

AMS

USDA Settles a Case with Casey Wilmot Resulting in $2,375 Penalty

USDA Announces Trade Mitigation Programs

 

@FDAfood, @US_FDA, @SGottliebFDA, @FDA_ORA, @FDAMedia, @FDAanimalhealth, @FDArecalls, @FDASpox

  • ·        Happy First Day of School! From packing healthy lunches to fitting in family physical activities, keep your kids on the right track this school year with these tips. http://bit.ly/2obDFC9  #BackToSchool


August 29, 2018

Federal Register

Food and Drug Administration

Notices

Food Safety Modernization Act:

Third-Party Certification Program User Fee Rate for Fiscal Year 2019

Filed on: 08/29/2018 at 08:45 am Scheduled Pub. Date: 08/30/2018

FR Document: 2018-18802  PDF 11 Pages (262 KB)  Permalink

 

Food and Nutrition Service

Notices

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

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program - Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program

Filed on: 08/29/2018 at 08:45 am Scheduled Pub. Date: 08/30/2018

FR Document: 2018-18787  PDF 5 Pages (148 KB)  Permalink

 

USDA

USDA Announces Assistance to Pecan Growers Affected by 2017 Weather Events

 

FSIS

Food Safety Professionals Ensure that “What’s in Your Meat” is Safe and Wholesome

 

@FDAfood, @US_FDA, @SGottliebFDA, @FDA_ORA, @FDAMedia, @FDAanimalhealth, @FDArecalls, @FDASpox

  • ·        If you’re returning home after severe weather there are a few things you should know before salvaging food! Some foods in your freezer may make you sick if eaten. Need-to-know guide for safe vs. unsafe foods here ↓ #HurricaneLane http://go.usa.gov/xUuXq 
  • ·        FDA’s #NutritionInnovation Strategy Public Meeting Transcript & Breakout Sessions Summary are available on-line. We want to know what YOU think - please submit your feedback by October 11, 2018 https://go.usa.gov/xUSVE 
  • ·        How much do you know about the organisms that cause foodborne illness? FDA has more info on the foodborne disease-causing organisms that can cause illness: LEARN MORE: https://go.usa.gov/xUBPq  #WhatYouNeedtoknow


August 30, 2018

Federal Register

Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service

Notices

Concurrence with OIE Risk Designations for Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy

Filed on: 08/30/2018 at 08:45 am Scheduled Pub. Date: 08/31/2018

FR Document: 2018-18962  PDF 3 Pages (173 KB)  Permalink

 

Environmental Protection Agency

Notices

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

Producers, Registrants and Applicants of Pesticides and Pesticide Devices under Section 8 of Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act

Filed on: 08/30/2018 at 08:45 am Scheduled Pub. Date: 08/31/2018

FR Document: 2018-18954  PDF 3 Pages (192 KB)  Permalink

 

Pesticide Product Registrations:

Applications for New Active Ingredients

Filed on: 08/30/2018 at 08:45 am Scheduled Pub. Date: 08/31/2018

FR Document: 2018-19015  PDF 4 Pages (177 KB)  Permalink

 

FDA

FDA Sampling Assignment Update Identifies Cyclospora in Herbs

Statement from FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D., on FDA’s support for exempting coffee from California’s cancer warning law

Notice of FSMA Third-Party Certification Program User Fee Rate for Fiscal Year 2019 

 

FSIS

Taylor Farms Illinois, Inc. Recalls Beef and Pork Meatloaf Products Due To Misbranding and Undeclared Allergens

Olufela Yemitan Recalls Siluriformes Products Distributed Without Benefit of Import Inspection

 

APHIS

USDA Announces Atypical Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy Detection

 

NIH-ODS

Register Now: Enhancing Natural Product Clinical Trials Workshop (Sept. 13-14)

 

@FDAfood, @US_FDA, @SGottliebFDA, @FDA_ORA, @FDAMedia, @FDAanimalhealth, @FDArecalls, @FDASpox

  • ·        #WellnessWednesday: Retail food establishments covered under the menu labeling rule must disclose the # of calories contained in std menu items on menus & menu boards/signs adjacent to food on display & self-service food (e.g. salad bar). http://bit.ly/2ul94EK  #nutritionfacts
  • ·        Statement from FDA Commissioner @SGottliebFDA on FDA’s support for exempting coffee from California’s cancer warning law https://go.usa.gov/xUhyA 
  • ·        @ScottGottliebFDA’s statement today on support of CA’s efforts to exempt coffee from state cancer warning law as it could actually provide health benefits. Assuring consumers have access to science-based nutrition information is pivotal to FDA’s mission https://go.usa.gov/xUhEH 
  • ·        We know Californians enjoy their coffee. In fact, there are more coffee shops and cafés per residents in San Francisco than any other city in the U.S. My statement in support of their choices — unhindered by warnings that are inaccurate or misleading http://go.usa.gov/xUhyA 
  • ·        The FDA endorsed a plan by California to exempt coffee from a state law that would have added a cancer warning to cups of joe
  • ·        Every year, millions of Americans get sick from eating food contaminated w/pathogens. To stop the spread of outbreaks #FDAORA together w/federal, state, & local partners increasing use whole genome sequencing to track down food sources. LEARN MORE: https://go.usa.gov/xU2Pm 


August 31, 2018

Federal Register

FDA

Food for Human Consumption Certification Fees

Filed on: 08/31/2018 at 08:45 am Scheduled Pub. Date: 09/04/2018

FR Document: 2018-19064  

 

FDA

Letter to California EPA Concerning Proposed Adoption of 27 Cal. Code. Reg. § 25704 – Exposures to Proposition 65 Listed Chemicals in Coffee Posing No Significant Risk of Cancer (PDF - 223KB)

FDA’s Comprehensive Effort to Advance New Innovations: Initiatives to Modernize for Innovation

 

FSIS

Publix Super Markets Inc. Recalls Ground Chuck Products Due To Possible E. coli O26 Contamination

Olufela Yemitan Recalls Siluriformes Products Distributed Without Benefit of Import Inspection

 

@ScottGottliebFDA, @FDAFood

  • ·        #FDA is aware of increased reports of injuries associated w/foods prepared w/liquid nitrogen immediately before consumption. We’re working w/stakeholders to better understand its use. We have issued a safety alert warning consumers about potential risks.
  • ·        #ThingsYouShouldNeverAssume: That natural on the label means safe. Make informed decisions when taking dietary supplements. https://go.usa.gov/xPqKY
  • ·        THREAD - 1/5 #FDA conducts surveillance sampling and testing of certain foods available in U.S. to monitor the microbial risk and prevalence of foodborne pathogens: https://go.usa.gov/xUhGa
  • ·        2/5 While federal health officials are seeing a number of outbreaks from cyclospora this year, it is likely in part due to advances in technology that allow us to better track the parasite
  • ·        3/5 Cyclospora cayetanensis is a parasite composed of one cell, too small to be seen w/ out a microscope, causing an intestinal infection called cyclosporiasis. People get sick by ingesting food or water that was contaminated w/ the parasite.
  • ·        4/5 We can better monitor for cyclospora thanks to FDA scientists who developed & validated a new lab analytical method to test for the parasite in foods. Significant advancement in our ability to investigate outbreaks associated w/ cyclospora & prevent people from getting sick
  • ·        5/5 Cyclospora outbreaks in U.S. are historically linked to imported fresh produce, but recent sampling confirmed cyclospora in cilantro at a U.S. distributor & U.S. farm as well as from 2 samples of cilantro offered for import. No illnesses currently associated w/ these products
  • ·        FDA recommends avoiding eating or touching #DragonsBreath or similar foods. These foods are prepared by adding liquid #nitrogen immediately before being eaten and are served at extremely low temperatures that can cause burn-like injuries. https://go.usa.gov/xPqxv


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