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  • March 27, 2017 10:17 AM | Anonymous

    Check out this article that spotlights the New York Department of Agriculture and Markets: http://www.foodsafetynews.com/2017/03/new-york-consumer-alert-listeria-in-winters-grass-raw-milk/#.WNkcqTvytPa


  • March 21, 2017 3:48 PM | Anonymous

    The Association of Food and Drug Officials (AFDO), the Central Atlantic States Association of Food and Drug Officials (CASA), and the Manufactured Food Regulatory Program Alliance (MFRPA) are  sponsoring a free FSMA Workshop, on May 1, 2017, which is the first day of the CASA 2017 Annual Educational and Training Seminar. The workshop will be held from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm with a break for lunch. Coffee and beverages will be provided.       

    The objective of the training is to provide participants with information to enable them to distinguish the seven FSMA rules and their basic implementation strategies. Speakers will include Joe Corby with AFDO, who will start the workshop off with on presentation the purpose of FSMA and how it is driving the development of an Integrated Food Safety System to protect public health. It will be followed by a brief overview of FSMA implementation timelines by Jim Melvin also with AFDO.

    FDA staff will provide a brief overview of the 7 FSMA rules. Their overview will be followed by a description of the implementation path for the PC for Human Foods, PC for Animal Foods and Foreign Supplier Verification Rules.        

    FDA will be followed by a panel of CASA members who will talk about the steps their state programs are taking to implement the PC for Human Food and Produce Rules.          

     Jim and Joe will then close the workshop with a presentation on training process and opportunities.                  

    If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Jim Melvin or Ron Klein.



  • March 21, 2017 3:02 PM | Anonymous

    In 2017, AFDO established a non-traditional continuing education tuition reimbursement fund to be awarded annually to worthy officials who are employed at a state, local, or tribal government agency and are returning to college or continuing their education to seek better career and work opportunities. Each award amount is not to exceed $1500 and is not renewable.


    All applications must be received by April 15 of the current year to be considered for the current year's award. For more information or to apply, please visit the AFDO Continuing Education Tuition Reimbursement Award Page. 


  • March 21, 2017 10:18 AM | Anonymous

    3/20/2017

    Federal Register

    Agricultural Marketing Service

    Rules

    National Organic Program: USDA Organic Regulations

    Filed on: 03/20/2017 at 08:45 am Scheduled Pub. Date: 03/21/2017

    FR Document: 2017-05480 PDF 11 Pages (333 KB) Permalink

     

    Proposed Rules

    Irish Potatoes Grown in Certain Designated Counties in Idaho, and Malheur County, OR: Decreased Assessment Rate

    Filed on: 03/20/2017 at 08:45 am Scheduled Pub. Date: 03/21/2017

    FR Document: 2017-05482 PDF 15 Pages (122 KB) Permalink

     

    Tart Cherries Grown in the States of Michigan, et al.: Free and Restricted Percentages for 2016-17 Crop Year

    Filed on: 03/20/2017 at 08:45 am Scheduled Pub. Date: 03/21/2017

    FR Document:2017-05484 PDF 28 Pages (224 KB) Permalink

     

     

    FDA

    Recalls

    Date

    Brand Name

    Product Description

    Reason/ Problem

    Company

    03/18/2017

    Nutiva  

    Protein shake  

    Undeclared peanuts

    Nutiva

    03/17/2017

    BLUE Wilderness, Rocky Mountain Recipe  

    Dog food  

    Contains beef thyroid hormone

    Blue Buffalo Company

    03/17/2017

    Wellness  

    Beef Topper for Dogs  

    Contains beef thyroid hormone

    WellPet LLC

    03/17/2017

    Nabelsi  

    Thyme  

    Lead

    Aroma Imports Inc.

    03/16/2017

    (no brand name) Edamame  

    Edamame (Soybeans)  

    Listeria monocytogenes

    Advanced Fresh Concepts Franchise Corp.

     

    FSIS

    King's Command Foods, LLC. Recalls Beef Products Due To Possible Foreign Matter Contamination

    H & B Packing Co., Inc. Recalls Boneless Beef Products Due To Possible E. coli O103 Contamination

    Mar 17, 2017 | PDF

    • ·        FSIS to Hold a PHIS Export Technical Meeting for Industry Stakeholders
    • ·        Recap of FSIS Public Meeting on Allergens
    • ·        Modifications to Food Defense Tasks in PHIS
    • ·        FSIS Updates the RTE Testing Program Report
    • ·        FSIS Posts Updated Dataset on Imports
    • ·        Monthly Robust Systematic Approach Verification for Humane Handling to Begin in April
    • ·        FSIS Posts Aggregate Results for Chicken Parts, Comminuted Poultry and Poultry Carcasses Tested for Salmonella and Campylobacter

     

     

    Ask FSIS

    Meaning of Words in Published Documents

     

    AMS

    USDA Publishes National Organic Standards Board Meeting Proposals and Discussion Documents

     

    National Academies

    Global Harmonization of Methodological Approaches to Nutrient Intake Recommendations: A Workshop

    March 20, 2017 (10:30 AM Eastern)

    Open Meeting

    Agenda


    3/21/2017

    FDA

    FDA Considering Simplifying Agricultural Water Standards

    Warning Letters

    Letter Issue Date

    Company Name

    Issuing Office

    Subject

    Close Out Date

    03/13/2017

    South Fork Dairy, LLC

    Cincinnati District Office

    Illegal Drug Residue

    Not Issued *

    02/28/2017

    TS Food Industry Sdn. Bhd.

    Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition

    Seafood HACCP/CGMP for Foods/Adulterated/Insanitary Conditions

    Not Issued *

     

    Recalls

    Date

    Brand Name

    Product Description

    Reason/ Problem

    Company

    03/20/2017

    Barnsdale Farms®, HoundsTooth® and Mac's Choice®  

    Dog treat- Pig Ears  

    Samonella

    EuroCan Manufacturi

     

    FSIS

    Notice 19-17 Imported Raw Poultry Products Sampled For Salmonella and Campylobacter Analysis 


  • March 17, 2017 1:38 PM | Anonymous

    Job Posting Title: Project Consultant (Produce Safety Data Analyst)

    Job Opening ID: 12091

    Who May Apply: Open to all qualified job seekers.

    Date Posted: 03/10/2017

    Closing Date: 03/23/2017

     

    Job Posting Title: Project Consultant Senior (Produce Safety Outreach Coordinator)

    Job Opening ID: 12077

    Who May Apply: Open to all qualified job seekers.

    Date Posted: 03/10/2017

    Closing Date: 03/23/2017

     

    To view the job posting and/or apply in the new system:

    • ·        Current state employees - Sign in to Self Service, then click the Careers link and enter the Job ID in Keywords search box at the top.
    • ·        External applicants - Go to the state careers website at www.mn.gov/careers, then enter the Job ID number in Keywords search box at the top.


  • March 17, 2017 12:47 PM | Anonymous

    To be considered for this position, you must fully complete a Commonwealth of Virginia Application for Employment through the on-line employment system at https://virginiajobs.peopleadmin.com/ no later than 11:59 p.m. of the cut-off date stated in this flyer.

    Food Safety Specialist                                                                          #00373 - Richmond

    (Environmental Specialist I, Pay Band 4)

    The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is seeking a self-motivated person to become part of our Food Safety team. This position is responsible for the evaluation of food processes and the enforcement of the Virginia Food Laws and related federal and state regulations. Duties include evaluating the condition of food processing facilities relative to food safety and food defense; assisting new and existing food processing technologies and food labeling at manufacturing operations and retail food establishments; investigating complaints; conducting food borne illness investigations; collecting official samples of food and food related products; reviewing new food business proposals and assisting in the development of safe food processes; and evaluating and interpreting nutritional related claims for foods and dietary supplements.

    The selected individual will establish and work from a home office under the guidance and direction of a regional field office and will be required to live in or convenient to the assigned territory. The work territory includes Goochland, Louisa, Powhatan and Richmond City. The use of a state vehicle will be provided.

    Qualifications: Knowledge of food safety practices and principles; food processing theory and practices; and dietary supplement safety including structure function claims and labeling. Possess proficient computers skills and standard office applications. Exceptional customer service skills; a verifiable ability to communicate effectively (oral and written); work well with the public under stressful situations as well as the ability to interpret and apply laws and  regulations and to independently plan, organize and execute job duties including investigating complaints. The ability to assume extensive responsibility, exhibit initiative and reliability, and work independently and in a team environment; to make autonomous decisions and to take appropriate actions in diverse circumstances and environments; to respond to emergency situations and other assigned duties during both traditional and non-traditional work periods; and to effectively plan and organize work activities. Additionally, good visual acuity and the ability to walk, bend, stretch, crouch and lift light loads up to 40 lbs is needed. Must have (or be eligible for) and maintain a valid Virginia driver’s license and have a driving record that reflects a sense of responsibility for highway safety. Prefer: Degree in Food Science, Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Health or a related field. Experience applying food safety principles, food processing and related quality and safety controls at the government level and working knowledge of HACCP (including seafood) and Virginia Food Laws is also preferred. An equivalent combination of training and experience indicating possession of the preceding knowledge and abilities may substitute for this education and experience. Hiring Salary Range: $32,619 to $47,000 annually.

    The final candidate must successfully complete a fingerprint-based criminal background check.

    To be considered for this position, you must complete a state application through the on-line employment system at https://virginiajobs.peopleadmin.com/ by 11:59 p.m. on March 22, 2017. VDACS only accepts the state application; therefore the application must be detailed and fully completed. Resumes, cover letters, or any other types of attachment or supplement to the state application are not accepted. Not submitting a complete or detailed application may result in non-consideration. For more information or assistance you may contact the Human Resources Office, Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, 102 Governor Street, Room 248, Richmond, VA 23219;  Telephone: (804) 371-8066; Hearing Impaired 1-800-828-1120; E-mail hr.vdacs@vdacs.virginia.gov. EOE.

    Quality Customer Service: A VDACS Commitment

     

    Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services

    Human Resource Office, Room 248, Oliver Hill Building, 102 Governor Street, Richmond, VA 23219

    An Equal Opportunity Employer                                                                 vdacs.virginia.gov


  • March 17, 2017 11:18 AM | Anonymous

    March 13, 2017


    FDA
    Recalls

    Date

    Brand Name

    Product Description

    Reason/ Problem

    Company

    03/11/2017

    Vulto Creamery  

    Cheeses  

    Listeria monocytogenes

    Vulto Creamery

    03/10/2017

    Dixie Diners Club  

    Carb Not Beanit Butter  

    Escherichia coli O157:H7

    The SoyNut Butter Co.

     

    FSIS
    Mar 10, 2017 | PDF

    Allergen Public Meeting

    FSIS Schedules Webinar on Equivalence Webpage Improvements

     

    AskFSIS

    9 CFR 417.5(c) and Sanitation SOP Records

     

    National Academies

    Federal Regulatory Agencies Need to Prepare for Greater Quantity and Range of Biotechnology Products

     

     March 14, 2017

    Federal Register

    Agricultural Marketing Service

    Rules

    Tomatoes Grown in Florida: Increased Assessment Rate

    Filed on: 03/14/2017 at 08:45 am Scheduled Pub. Date: 03/15/2017

    FR Document: 2017-04979 PDF 14 Pages (137 KB) Permalink

     

    Environmental Protection Agency

    Rules

    Pesticide Tolerances; Exemptions: Streptomycin; Emergency

    Filed on:03/14/2017 at 08:45 am Scheduled Pub. Date: 03/15/2017

    FR Document: 2017-04779  PDF  22 Pages (358 KB) Permalink

     

    FDA

    Warning Letters

    Letter Issue Date

    Company Name

    Issuing Office

    Subject

    Close Out Date

    03/02/2017

    Holdgrafer Dairy Inc.

    Kansas City District Office

    Illegal Drug Residue Animal Tissue/Adulterated

    Not Issued *

    02/24/2017

    Nutrishop dba Natural Generation Nutrition

    New Jersey District Office

    CGMP/Dietary Supplement/Adulterated/Misbranded

    Not Issued

    02/03/2017

    ProSupps USA LLC

    Dallas District Office

    CGMP/Dietary Supplement/Adulterated/Misbranded

    Not Issued *

     

    Recalls

    Date

    Brand Name

    Product Description

    Reason/ Problem

    Company

    03/13/2017

    Vulto Creamery  

    Cheese  

    Listeria monocytogenes

    Whole Foods Market

     

    FSIS

    Notice 17-17 Sampling Imported Raw Beef Product Assigned an E. coli O157:H7 MT51 Type of Inspection at an Increased Level of Reinspection

     

    Ask FSIS

    Conducting Extra HACCP Monitoring Procedures

     

    White House

    Presidential Executive Order on a Comprehensive Plan for Reorganizing the Executive Branch

    HR 998 Searching for and Cutting Regulations that are Unnecessarily Burdensome (SCRUB) Act

     

    AMS

    Colorado Retailer Posts $100,000 Cash Surety Bond to Obtain PACA License

    March 15, 2017

    Federal Register

    Executive Office of the President

    Executive Orders

    Government Agencies and Employees: Executive Branch Reorganization; Comprehensive Plan (EO 13781)

    Filed on: 03/15/2017 at 08:45 am Scheduled Pub. Date:03/16/2017

    FR Document:2017-05399 PDF 3 Pages (79.7 KB) Permalink

     

    FDA

    Colorado unapproved drug and dietary supplement makers ordered to cease operations for federal violations

    Recalls

    Date

    Brand Name

    Product Description

    Reason/ Problem

    Company

    03/14/2017

    Dolcetta  

    Chocolate Candy  

    Undeclared soy and milk

    Dolcetta Artisan Sweets

     

    Ask FSIS

    Tompkin Paper and Storage Temperatures

    Food Ingredients Approved For Use in Meat/Poultry Products

    Establishment’s FSIS test results and LIMS-Direct

     

    AMS

    USDA Files Action Against J & R Fresh Produce LLC in Florida for Alleged PACA Violations


    March 16, 2017

    Federal Register

    Food and Drug Administration

    Rules

    Presiding Officer for an Appeal and Informal Hearing

    Filed on: 03/16/2017 at 08:45 am Scheduled Pub. Date: 03/17/2017

    FR Document:2017-05350 PDF 16 Pages (116 KB) Permalink

    • FDA’s Office of Regulatory Affairs has dissolved the Regional Food and Drug Director position. Certain duties related to administrative appeals and informal hearings formerly held by Regional Food and Drug Directors will transfer to the Office of Regulatory Affairs Program Directors. The revisions made by this rule pertain solely to the designation of FDA officials and do not alter any substantive standards.

     

    FSIS

    RBR Meat Company, Inc. Recalls Frozen Pizza Product Due to Possible Listeria Contamination

     

    White House

    America First - A Budget Blueprint to Make America Great Again

    • The President’s 2018 Budget requests $17.9 billion for USDA, a $4.7 billion or 21 percent decrease from the 2017 annualized continuing resolution (CR) level. The budget blueprint indicates FSIS will be fully funded.
    •  The President’s 2018 Budget requests $69.0 billion for HHS, a $15.1 billion or 17.9 percent decrease from the 2017 annualized CR level. This funding level excludes certain mandatory spending changes but includes additional funds for program integrity and implementing the 21st Century CURES Act.

     

    March 17, 2017

    Federal Register

    Voluntary National Retail Food Regulatory Program Standards

    Filed on: 03/17/2017 at 08:45 am Scheduled Pub. Date:03/20/2017

    FR Document: 2017-05414 PDF 13 Pages (153 KB) Permalink

    • This notice solicits comments on the information collection provisions of the Voluntary National Retail Food Regulatory Program Standards.

     

    FSIS

    Notice 18-17 Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) Alert

    Flagship Food Group Recalls Frozen Burrito Product Due to Possible Foreign Matter Contamination

     

    GIPSA

    GIPSA Alleges JJJ Ranch, Inc. and Cesar P. Borges Arroyo Violated the Packers and Stockyards Act (PDF; 57KB)

    T&J Meat Packing, Inc. Assessed a $20,000 Civil Penalty (PDF; 56KB)

    GIPSA Settles a Case with Rodney S. Rasco Resulting in a $2,000 Penalty (PDF; 56KB)

     

    APHIS

    USDA Confirms Second Case of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza in a Commercial Flock in Lincoln County, Tennessee

     

    GAO

    More Information Needed to Oversee Use of Medically Important Drugs in Food Animals

     

  • March 15, 2017 12:42 PM | Anonymous

    Check out this article that spotlights the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets: http://www.foodsafetynews.com/2017/03/widow-names-raw-milk-creamery-in-wrongful-death-lawsuit/#.WMltmDsrJPZ


  • March 10, 2017 3:01 PM | Anonymous

    May 23–26, 2017
    Minnesota Department of Agriculture, Laboratory Services Division
    St. Paul, MN 

    Sponsored by the National Laboratory Training Network in collaboration with the Minnesota Department of Agriculture, Laboratory Services Division 

    DESCRIPTION
    This three and one-half day basic to intermediate level workshop will feature in-depth presentations and hands-on sessions on bacterial foodborne illness. Experts will present the most current information on test methodologies including separation techniques, PCR technology and toxin testing. The role of the public health laboratory (PHL) in foodborne illness investigation will be discussed. Strategies in laboratory safety and method validation will be presented. Participants will perform a variety of testing methods using selected foodborne etiological agents. 

    course flyer

    preliminary application


    AUDIENCE
    This basic to intermediate level course is intended for laboratory personnel working in public health laboratories who have a minimum of one year experience performing microbiology testing and responsibility (or the potential) for conducting food microbiology testing. 

    OBJECTIVES
    At the conclusion of this program, the participant will be able to:

    • Describe the challenges to detecting pathogens in food. 
    • Explain the process and methods for isolating bacteria in food samples. 
    • Discuss the advantages and barriers to detecting foodborne pathogens by molecular methods. 
    • Define the activities necessary to validate a new laboratory procedure. 
    • Provide an overview of laboratory accreditation. 
    • Perform procedures for the identification of B. cereus, Staphylococcal enterotoxin, E.coli O157:H7, Salmonella spp. and Listeria monocytogenes
    • Analyze and interpret results of identification assays. 
    • Define the role of the PHL in foodborne illness investigation. 

    FACULTY

    • Matthew Forstner, BS, Microbiology Supervisor, Minnesota Department of Agriculture, Laboratory Services Division, St. Paul, MN 
    • Darcy Hanes, PhD, Captain, United States Public Health Service, Food and Drug Administration, Division of Virulence Assessment, Laurel, MD 
    • Kirsten Larson, MPH, Manager, Food Safety, Association of Public Health Laboratories, Silver Spring, MD 
    • Kristina McCallum, BS, Deputy Lab Manager, Biochemistry Laboratory, Colorado Deptartment of Agriculture, Denver, CO 
    • Yvonne M. Salfinger, MS, FL Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, (retired) Bureau Chief, Bureau of Food Laboratories, Denver, CO 
    • Bryanne Shaw, BS, Biology Section Manager, Minnesota Department of Agriculture, Laboratory Services Division, St. Paul, MN 
    • Christopher Waggener, PhD, Lead Scientist, FERN Training Coordinator, Division of Consolidated Laboratories, Richmond, VA    

    APPLICATION 
    Application Deadline: Extended to March 17-contact APHL immediately if interested in attending

    • The preliminary application is to be completed online.
    • Only completed applications received by the deadline will be considered. Application does not guarantee acceptance. If you are unable to complete the application online, email Susan Bailey or phone 240.485.2746.
    • Public health applicants must have approval from their state or local laboratory director to apply. 
    • Students will be selected according to the degree to which the applicant's job description, experience, and responsibilities are consistent with the prerequisites. 
    • Priority will be given for one applicant per public health laboratory, with a second person considered on a space available basis.
    • Notification of acceptance status will be sent via email after February 21, 2017.

    REGISTRATION

    • Registration for this workshop is being offered at No Charge to the participants! 
    • Registration and logistical details will be provided upon acceptance into the course. 
    • Some states have lengthy travel approval processes so begin as soon as possible. Do NOT make travel arrangements until you are notified of acceptance into the course. 
    • Participants are responsible for lodging, meals, and travel costs. A group lodging discount is being negotiated at the current federal per diem rate of $145.00 (plus tax and fees) per night. 
    • Daily transportation to and from the hotel and laboratory will be provided.

    CONTINUING EDUCATION
    The Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL) is approved as a provider of continuing education programs in the clinical laboratory sciences by the ASCLS P.A.C.E. ® Program. Participants who successfully complete this program will be awarded 27 contact hours. This course has been approved for 27 contact hours in the category (Microbiology/Mycology/Parasitology) for Florida Laboratory Licensees.

    SPECIAL NEEDS
    In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), individuals seeking special accommodations should submit their request in writing at least three weeks prior to start date of the workshop to APHL Customer Support. For more information phone 
    800.536.6586 or 240.485.2746. 

    QUESTIONS?
    Please email Susan Bailey, APHL Customer Service Manager.

    This training was supported by Cooperative Agreement # NU60HM000803 funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of CDC or the Department of Health and Human Services. This project was 100% funded from a federal program with federal funds of $1,722,464.00.

    The National Laboratory Training Network is a training system sponsored by the 
    Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). For a complete list of courses, visit www.nltn.org/courses.

  • March 10, 2017 11:43 AM | Anonymous

    President Donald J. Trump’s Assistant to the President for Economic Policy and Director of the National Economic Council (NEC) Gary Cohn has announced key additions to the NEC senior staff that includes Ray Starling of North Carolina.  Starling will serve as Special Assistant to the President for Agriculture, Trade and Food Assistance. He was previously Chief of Staff for U.S. Senator Thom Tillis, and also served as the Senator’s Chief Counsel. Prior to these positions, he was the General Counsel for then-Speaker Tillis’ and Senior Agriculture Advisor in the North Carolina General Assembly. He has been the General Counsel for the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, has private practice experience from several years at Hunton & Williams, and has taught numerous agricultural and food law courses. After growing up on a Century Family Farm in southeast North Carolina, Starling received a B.S. in Agricultural Education from N.C. State University and a J.D. from UNC-Chapel Hill.  In his position with the National Economic Council, he will advise the White House on issues pertaining to food safety.

    Having grown up on a North Carolina farm, he knows agriculture from the inside and understands food safety and agriculture. He served on the state’s food safety task force where he addressed changes that would exist as a result of the passage of the Food Safety Modernization Act.

    Starling’s education as an attorney and knowledge of Capitol Hill gained while working for the senator give him a frame of reference that should allow him to advise the administration from a practical, workable point of view.


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