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Laws and Regulations Committee Update - November 20 - 21, 2019

Posted on November 22, 2019

Blog: Association of Food & Drug Officials (AFDO)

November 20, 2019


FDA Extends Comment Period on the New Era of Smarter Food Safety

Warning Letters

Posted Date

Issue Date


Issuing Office




Marathon Ventures, Inc.

Office of Human and Animal Food- West Division II

CGMP Food/Prepared, Packed or Held Under Insanitary Conditions/Adulterated



  • · Today, November 19, @CDCgov issued a final update for the total number of domestically-acquired cases of #Cyclospora linked to produce items in 2019. Approximately 10% of illnesses were associated with a multistate outbreak linked to imported fresh basil.
  • · The public comment period has been extended for the FDA's New Era of Smarter Food Safety through DECEMBER 5, 2019! Comments can be submitted electronically in Federal Register Notice docket folder FDA-2019-N-4187 .



  • · The nose knows! #FDAORA staff do incredibly interesting jobs to protect public health - including using organoleptic tests (with their senses) & involving olfactory inspection (smelling) to make sure meat and other products are safe!

November 21, 2019

Federal Register

Food and Drug Administration


Temporary Permit for Market Testing:

Ruby Chocolate Deviating from Identity Standard

Filed on: 11/21/2019 at 8:45 am Scheduled Pub. Date: 11/22/2019

FR Document: 2019-25325 PDF 3 Pages (158 KB) Permalink

Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service


Swine Health Protection Act; Amendments to Garbage Feeding Regulations

Filed on: 11/21/2019 at 8:45 am Scheduled Pub. Date: 11/22/2019

FR Document: 2019-25367 PDF 6 Pages (169 KB) Permalink


Outbreak Investigation of Hepatitis A Potentially Linked to Fresh Conventional Blackberries from Fresh Thyme Farmers Market, Fall 2019




Product Description

Product Type





Cheese Nips

Food & Beverages,

Potential presence of plastic

Mondelēz Global LLC



Melengestrol testing (MGA) of livestock for the U.S. National Residue Program


Product Recalled

Date of Recall

Missa Bay, LLC Recalls Salad Products Due to Possible E. coli O157:H7 Contamination

Nov. 21, 2019


Ohio Firm Posts $100,000 Employment Bond

USDA Determines Individual Not Responsibly Connected to South Carolina Violator

USDA Announces Appointments to the Cattlemen’s Beef Promotion and Research Board


  • · Outbreak Alert: #FDA, @CDCgov & state/local partners are investigating an outbreak of hepatitis A illnesses in Indiana, Nebraska & Wisconsin linked to fresh (non-organic) blackberries from the grocery store, Fresh Thyme Farmers Market.
  • · Our traceback investigation shows the blackberries were shipped to the following states: IA, IL, IN, KY, MI, MO, MN, NE, OH, PA & WI. If consumers purchased these berries between Sept. 9 & Sept. 30 from Fresh Thyme Farmers Market and then froze them, they should be thrown away.
  • · If you or a family member have already eaten the blackberries purchased between Sept 9-30 and have not been vaccinated for the hepatitis A virus, talk to your health care professional to determine if post exposure prophylaxis (PEP) is indicated.


  • · Health fraud scams alert! FDA has identified a trend where over-the-counter #weightloss products contain hidden ingredients that could harm you. LEARN MORE:


  • · Mondelēz Global LLC Conducts Voluntary Recall of Limited Quantity of Cheese Nips (11 oz. Box) Product in the U.S. Due to Potential Presence of Foreign Material


  • · E. COLI UPDATE: According to @CDCgov, 17 people were infected with the outbreak strain in 8 states: AZ, CA, CO, ID, MD, MT, WA, WI. Prelim info indicates romaine lettuce used in the salad product that had tested positive for the outbreak pathogen in MD
  • · FDA and @CDCgov continue to investigate 17 cases of E. coli O157:H7 infections, some were tied to Ready Pac Bistro Bowl Chicken Caesar Salad from MD. FDA has identified possible farms in Salinas, CA, and will continue to provide updates
  • · FDA has identified possible farms in Salinas, CA, and is deploying investigators to the farms to determine the source and extent of the contamination. The investigation is ongoing and FDA will provide updates as we learn more.
  • · At this time, we are only reminding consumers not to eat Ready Pac Bistro Bowl Chicken Caesar Salad with a “Best By” date of October 31, 2019. Cases in other states do not match with this salad, so this product alone does not fully explain the outbreak.

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