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Laws and Regulations Committee Update -July 31 - August 2, 2019

Posted on August 02, 2019

Blog: Association of Food & Drug Officials (AFDO)

July 31, 2019

Federal Register

Agricultural Marketing Service


United States Warehouse Act Administrative Fees

Filed on: 07/31/2019 at 8:45 am

Scheduled Pub. Date: 08/01/2019

FR Document: 2019-16409 PDF Permalink

Food and Drug Administration


Listing of Color Additives Exempt from Certification; Soy Leghemoglobin

Filed on: 07/31/2019 at 8:45 am

Scheduled Pub. Date: 08/01/2019

FR Document: 2019-16374 PDF Permalink


Expanded - The Lennox Intl Inc is Voluntary Recalling Natural Pig Ears on July 26, 2019


USDA Releases SNAP Payment Error Rate for 2018


@FDA Food

  • · Before you grab that fancy #coffee drink, remember calories from beverages can quickly add up. With calorie information, you can find lower-calorie options. Compare calorie & nutrition info before you order, then make the choice that’s right for you. …

@Dr Ned Sharpless

  • · Today, FDA hosted its annual Innovate Today Summit, to share with FDA staff how the agency uses artificial intelligence, machine learning and blockchain and other technologies to drive advances in our processes, including clinical trials and medical device development
  • · Thanks to @FrankYiannasFDA for providing an update on blockchain systems for food safety. He noted that blockchain can greatly assist in warning consumers about risks with specific foods and in implementing more targeted and efficient recalls.

@Frank Yiannas

  • · Study, two key knowledge gaps identified among older consumers - awareness of Listeria & safe operating temperatures of refrigerators. Let’s work together to change that. Food safety education is key to prevention.

@Dr. Amy Abernathy

  • · Glad to participate in FDA’s Innovate Today summit, which covers all the truly innovative activities across the agency, including topics like blockchain in food safety, digital health and medical device cybersecurity.

@CA Leafy Greens LGMA

  • · FDA's Deputy Commissioner toured CA farms after @US_FDA called upon the leafy greens industry to take action to reduce foodborne illnesses caused by romaine lettuce.

August 1, 2019

Federal Register

Food and Nutrition Service


Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposals, Submissions, and Approvals: Senior Farmers' Market Nutrition Program

Filed on: 08/01/2019 at 8:45 am Scheduled Pub. Date: 08/02/2019

FR Document: 2019-16541 PDF8 Pages (169 KB) Permalink


FDA Authorizes Soy Leghemoglobin as a Color Additive




Pet treat-Pig ears

Animal & Veterinary,

Potential to be contaminated with Salmonella

Lennox Intl

Warning Letters

Date Posted

Issue Date

Company Name

Issuing Office




Perfect Choice Trading, Inc. and Nutricos Ceuticals, Inc.

Division of Human and Animal Food Operations East I

CGMP/Dietary Supplement/Adulterated/Misbranded



Port Clyde Fresh Catch, Inc.

Division of Human and Animal Food Operations East I

Seafood HACCP/CGMP for Foods/Adulterated/Insanitary Conditions


Product Recalls

Date of Recall

Retail Distribution List

081-2019 Conagra Brands, Inc. Recalls Canned Beef Products Due to Possible Processing Defect

Jul 31, 2019

N/A (Class II Recall)


Mark of Inspection on Voluntary Inspection of Exotic Animals

Can export certificates be copied or faxed?


USDA Seeks Nominees for the National Potato Promotion Board

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, Medicine

Innovations in the Food System: Shaping the Future of Food - A Workshop - August 7, 2019 - August 8, 2019 (9:00 AM Eastern)


  • · After a thorough review of available scientific information, the FDA has approved Impossible Foods’ color additive petition for the use of soy leghemoglobin in alternative, non-animal protein sources, like vegetable burgers, and that this use is safe
  • · FDA is taking this action in response to a color additive petition submitted by Impossible Foods Inc. Impossible Foods previously marketed soy leghemoglobin to flavor their products intended to be sold to consumers in its cooked form, for example, in a restaurant setting
  • · FDA and @CDCgov are advising consumers to avoid buying/feeding to pets, & retailers to stop selling ANY pig ear pet treats nationwide due to an outbreak of human Salmonella infections. CDC reports 127 related cases of human infection in 33 states:
  • · o date, FDA has worked with two companies to issue recalls of pig ear pet treats: Pet Supplies Plus stores and Lennox Intl Inc. FDA, CDC & state partners continue to investigate this outbreak:

@FDA Food

  • · FDA authorizes the use of soy leghemoglobin as a color additive in ground beef analogue products (e.g., “veggie” burgers). FDA reviewed info & data; concluded that there is a reasonable certainty of no harm from this use of soy leghemoglobin.
  • · The final rule is published in the Federal Register. There is a 30-day period to file objections by any person adversely affected.


  • · FDA has updated its advisory about the ongoing pig ear pet treat investigation with new consumer & retailer advice and Lennox Intl Inc. recall information .
  • · @CDCgov reports that there are 127 human cases of Salmonella linked to pig ears across 33 states, dating from 2015 to the present.
  • · FDA & CDC advise consumers to avoid buying or feeding ANY pig ear pet treats at this time. We recommend that you safely dispose of any pig ear treats you may have in your home, wash areas that may have had contact with the treats, then wash your hands thoroughly.
  • · FDA is working with Lennox to reach their suppliers & customers to find out where else the pig ears went. The agency will update its advisory w/ new info as it becomes available.


  • · Traceability is an important instrument to assure food quality and safety in food supply chains. Join us to discuss progress we've made on animal traceability and what challenges remain.


  • · #Recall: Eddie Bauer Slumber and Soothe Rock Bassinet, and Disney Baby Doze and Dream Bassinet inclined sleepers made by #DorelJuvenileGroup due to safety concerns about inclined sleep products. Stop using them. Get $60 voucher. Full recall notice:

August 2, 2019

Federal Register

Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service


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

Filed on: 08/02/2019 at 8:45 am Scheduled Pub. Date: 08/05/2019

FR Document: 2019-16650 PDF 5 Pages (99.8 KB) Permalink

Environmental Protection Agency


Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposals, Submissions, and Approvals: TSCA Existing Chemical Risk Evaluation and Management; Generic ICR for Interviews and Focus Groups and Generic ICR for Surveys

Filed on: 08/02/2019 at 8:45 am Scheduled Pub. Date: 08/05/2019

FR Document: 2019-16616 PDF 9 Pages (102 KB) Permalink


FDA Makes Certain Medicated Feed-Related Information More Accessible and User-Friendly



Brand Name(s)

Product Description

Product Type

Recall Reason Description

Company Name



Soft Baked Chocolate Chip Cookies

Food & Beverages,

Due to the potential presence of visible, blue plastic pieces

Bimbo Bakeries USA, Inc.


Door County Whitefish

Smoked Whitefish Pate

Food & Beverages,

Undeclared Egg, Soy, and Anchovies

Ruleau Brothers Inc.


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

USDA Settles a Case Against Winnsboro Livestock Commission Inc., d.b.a. Winnsboro Livestock & Dairy Auction

USDA Issues Complaint Against Rodney Dennis, d.b.a. RD Cattle

USDA Updates Schedule of Fees Under the United States Warehouse Act


NAD Recommends Guthy-Renker Discontinue Certain Performance Claims for Crepe Erase, Finds Certain Claims Supported; Advertiser to Appeal


Scientific Advisory Committee on Alternative Toxicological Methods Meeting - September 19–20, 2019

@FDA Recalls

  • · Ruleau Brothers Issues Allergy Alert On Undeclared Eggs, Soy, and Anchovies in "Door County Whitefish Smoked Whitefish Pate"
  • · Bimbo Bakeries USA Voluntary Recall of Entenmann’s Little Bites Cookies Due to Potential Presence of Plastic Pieces

@FDA Food

@Frank Yiannas FDA

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