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Welcome to FDA, CFSAN News for Educators
10/3/18

 Welcome to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition’s (CFSAN)  News for Educators! Check out their latest information and materials for educating your consumer groups. We also encourage you to share this update and invite your colleagues and task force members to sign up for future issues!   When signing up for FDA information, click  CFSAN – News for Educators.


WEBINAR: Food Recall – A Review and Resources for the Northeast
10/1/18

Date: Thursday, October 25 at 2 pm EST

Watch this 60-minute FREE webinar that will review the steps of a food recall, from recall initiation to recall closure, and how the food industry can help when recalls are initiated. The webinar will also provide information on regional resources for the Northeast area. 

  

Presenters include: 

  

• Pamela Ogonowski, Food Recall Coordinator, Division of Human and Animal Food Operations East I, Food and Drug Administration 

• Colleen Smith, MS, Food Protection Section, New Hampshire Division of Public Health Services, Department of Health and Human Services 

• Elisabeth Wirsing, MPH, Food & Lodging Program Chief, Vermont Department of Health 

  

Participants will be able to ask questions to the speakers at the end of their presentations. 

 

Don’t wait to Register for this FREE webinar by following this link: http://go.uvm.edu/foodrecall01

  

To request a disability-related accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Omar Oyarzabal at 802-651-8343 ext. 503 or 1-800-571-0668 by October 4, 2018 so we may assist you. 

  

This webinar is organized by the University of Vermont Extension in collaboration with the Food and Drug Administration, the New Hampshire Division of Public Health Services and the Vermont Department of Health.


Task Force Announcement
9/24/18

Congratulations to all of the task forces who have been awarded funding under the FFM FOA!

• There are 42 Food Protection Task Forces

• More than 500 hundred users on the Coalition of the Food Protection web site page

• There are currently 62 active members in the FoodSHIELD Coalition of the Food Protection workgroup portal

• New Member Support Group please use the “Contact Us” on the web site page


Help Promote Food Safety Education Month in September!
8/27/18

Abundance of Content for Your Food Safety Education Month Outreach 
Wednesday, Sept. 12 from 1 to 2 p.m. EST
**CEUs available from ANFP, CDR, NEHA and CPH-CE
September is National Food Safety Education Month! If you work to educate others about reducing the risk of foodborne illness, you will find a wealth of new, shareable information from the Partnership for Food Safety Education around which to plan consumer outreach. Guest speakers Dr. Maya E. Maroto of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and Eric Davis of FLM Harvest, will highlight brand new recipes, videos, and other shareable content intended to help you catch the attention of consumers for the month of September and into the Thanksgiving season.
Register online


USDA FSIS –Back-to-School Food Safety Information
8/14/18

Preparing for the first day of school? How exciting! From basic food safety, to packing a food safe lunch, start the school year off happy & healthy with these tips! http://go.usa.gov/xnHeB


Bacteria top FDA recall stats for 2Q; foreign matter leads USDA recalls
8/8/18

* Food Safety News  -* A new report shows the impact one recall can have on statistics, with an egg recall in April resulting in a 20-fold increase in the total number of recalled “food units” under the FDA’s jurisdiction, compared to the previous quarter. “Whether it’s better testing methods, fewer inspectors, flawed farming and production practices, or other causes, this news suggests we need to redouble efforts in protecting the nation’s food supply chain.”


FDA to Reconsider Definition of a Farm
8/1/18

FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, MD, has reached out to state agricultural commissioners, secretaries and directors to update them on progress made on issues of joint interest related to implementation of the Produce Safety Rule mandated by the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). The commissioner’s letter covers updates in the areas of rule-making and implementation preparedness.


"Overview of the Intentional Adulteration Rule (IA)" FSPCA Training Launched
7/26/18

This training will provide stakeholders with more information about the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Final Rule on Mitigation Strategies to Protect Food Against Intentional Adulteration (21 CFR Part 121) (IA Rule).  The purpose of the IA Rule is to protect food from intentional acts of adulteration where there is an intent to cause wide scale public health harm. The final rule establishes various food defense measures that an owner, operator, or agent in charge of a facility is required to implement to protect against the intentional adulteration of food.  While this training course is optional and not required for compliance with the IA Rule, the information within this training will assist food facilities that are required to comply with the IA Rule, and other stakeholders, to have a more in-depth understanding of the requirements in the IA Rule.
 
This online training course “Overview of the Intentional Adulteration Rule (IA)” was developed in partnership with the Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance (FSPCA), Intentional Adulteration Subcommittee (IA Subcommittee).   This course is being offered free of charge and is available on the Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance website at https://www.ifsh.iit.edu/fspca/courses/intentional-adulteration and on the FDA’s Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) website at https://www.fda.gov/Food/GuidanceRegulation/FSMA/default.htm
 
For more information about Food Defense and the IA rule visit https://www.fda.gov/Food/FoodDefense/default.htm

 


Help Promote Food Safety Education Month in September with help from the Partnership for Food Safety Educations!
7/2/18

Abundance of Content for Your Food Safety Education Month Outreach 
*Wednesday, Sept. 12 from 1 to 2 p.m. EST - *CEUs available from ANFP, CDR, NEHA and CPH-CE
September is National Food Safety Education Month! If you work to educate others about reducing the risk of foodborne illness, you will find a wealth of new, shareable information from the Partnership for Food Safety Education around which to plan consumer outreach. Guest speakers Dr. Maya E. Maroto of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and Eric Davis of FLM Harvest, will highlight brand new recipes, videos, and other shareable content intended to help you catch the attention of consumers for the month of September and into the Thanksgiving season.
Register online


FDA Updates the Everything Added to Food in the U.S. Inventory
6/26/18

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration launched the new Substances Added to Food inventory, an upgraded version of the original  Everything Added to Food in the U. S. (EAFUS) inventory. The new searchable inventory contains approximately 4,000 substances, and includes information on food additives, color additives, Generally Recognized As Safe (GRAS) and prior-sanctioned substances. Additional features include: 

  • A new search function that allows users to search multiple related food ingredient and packaging inventories;
  • Direct links to any applicable regulations for a substance; and
  • Additional information such as other known names, common uses, and information by other entities when available.