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California-linked romaine lettuce Statement
2/13/19

Statement from FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D. and Deputy Commissioner Frank Yiannas on findings from the agency’s investigation of the November 2018 outbreak of E. coliO157:H7 in California-linked romaine lettuce. Read more….


2018 Farm Bill
2/13/19

The public is welcome to attend a USDA listening session for the implementation of the 2018 Farm Bill. The listening session will provide an opportunity for stakeholders to share their thoughts about how USDA can streamline and improve program delivery, as well as enhance customer service.  The 2018 Farm Bill provides support, certainty, and stability to our Nation’s farmers, ranchers, and land stewards by enhancing farm support programs, improving crop insurance, maintaining disaster programs, and promoting and supporting voluntary conservation.  Read more…..


FSPCA IA Course
2/7/19

The Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance (FSPCA) has made available another Intentional Adulteration (IA) online training course   
A new intentional adulteration (IA) online training course has been made available, the “IA Identification and Explanation of Mitigation Strategies  online course was developed through a partnership between FSPCA’s Intentional Adulteration Subcommittee and FDA. The regulation requires covered facilities to identify and implement mitigation strategies at actionable process steps identified by a vulnerability assessment (21 CFR 121.135). The regulation further requires that individuals identifying and explaining the mitigation strategies “have successfully completed training for the specific function at least equivalent to that received under a standardized curriculum recognized as adequate by FDA or be otherwise qualified through job experience to conduct the activities” (21 CFR 121.4(c)(2)). This training is the “standardized curriculum” recognized by FDA; successfully completing this course is one way to meet this training requirement. 
This course is available on the Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance website athttps://www.ifsh.iit.edu/fspca/courses/intentional-adulteration and can also be accessed through the FDA’s Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) website athttps://www.fda.gov/Food/GuidanceRegulation/FSMA/default.htm.


Warnings and Recalls Statement
2/7/19

Statement from FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D., on new steps to strengthen the agency’s process for issuing public warnings and notifications of recalls. To read more….


Partners with a Common Purpose
1/28/19

Conversion with AFDO Joe Corby regarding the formation of Partners with a Common Purpose

Joe Corby, former AFDO executive director, shares the story of Partners with a Common Purpose, an initiative for creating change through a shared vision with food and medical products industry representatives. This shared vision recognizes a common purpose embraced and supported by government regulators and industry in improving public health and consumer services. 

https://afdoaudio.podbean.com/e/conversion-with-joe-corby-regarding-the-formation-of-partners-with-a-common-purpose/


NCSL Annual Report Released
1/28/19

NCSL released its annual report on * Food Safety Legislation for 2018* . This report summarizes every enacted and adopted bill on food safety from the 2018 legislative sessions.


Romaine lettuce  E. coliO157:H7 Outbreak
12/13/18

Statement from FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D. and FDA Deputy Commissioner Frank Yiannas on new findings and updated consumer recommendations related to the romaine lettuce  E. coliO157:H7 outbreak investigation.  Read more….


USDA FSIS Thanksgiving Toolkit to Prevent Foodborne Illness
11/6/18

This toolkit is designed to help you get started with your local Thanksgiving campaign.  In this toolkit you will find the materials you can use to promote safe food handling during this season.    

Download now!


 Webinar: Discussion on Food Facility Registration and Qualified Facilities
11/2/18

 Webinar: Discussion on Food Facility Registration and Qualified Facilities, Nov 7, 2018 10:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada),  This FREE webinar will review the regulations related to food facility registration and the definition of qualified facilities under the Food Safety Modernization Act. Presenters of this webinar include Courtney Buchanan, Program Manager, Food Facility Registration, Food and Drug Administration and  Priya Rathnam, Office of Compliance, Food and Drug Administration. 

When you register, you will be able to ask a question for the panelists. These questions will be addressed by the panelists during their presentations.  

Don’t wait to register for this FREE webinar http://go.uvm.edu/facreg

This webinar is organized by the University of Vermont Extension in collaboration with the Food and Drug Administration.


Statement on the FDA's new consideration of labeling for sesame allergies
11/2/18

The Food and Drug Administration invites data and other information on the prevalence and severity of sesame allergies in the United States and the prevalence of sesame-containing foods sold in the United States that are not required to disclose sesame as an ingredient. We are taking this action to inform possible regulatory action on sesame to protect and promote the public health.  

  

Submit either electronic or written comments on this document by December 31, 2018.  You may submit comments as follows. Electronic comments must be submitted on or before December 31, 2018. The https://www.regulations.gov electronic filing system will accept comments until 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time at the end of December 31, 2018. Comments received by mail/hand delivery/courier (for written/paper submissions) will be considered timely if they are postmarked or the delivery service acceptance receipt is on or before that date.   For more information click here.