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November 3, 2020
PFP IT Workgroup Coffee Talk with Julie Vosilus

October 26, 2020
PFP Governing Council Consolidated Close-Out Report FY2018-2020 Strategic Priorities

October 12, 2020
Webinar Recording: Managing Animal Food Safety Inspections During and After a Pandemic (September 2020)

September 24, 2020
Webinar Recording: Managing Produce Safety Inspections During and After a Pandemic (August 2020)

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September 17, 2020
ORA Data Exchange (DX) Frequently Asked Questions (Version 3.0)

July 31, 2020
Webinar Recording: Manufactured Food Question and Answer Session (July 30, 2020)

July 30, 2020
Webinar Recording: Managing Retail Food Operations During and After a Pandemic (July 16, 2020)

July 30, 2020
Webinar Recording: Managing Food Testing Laboratory Operations During and After a Pandemic (June 30, 2020)

July 23, 2020
PFP IT Workgroup Newsletter (July 2020)

July 15, 2020
PFP Webinar Scheduled for July 16, 2020: Managing Retail Food Operations During and After a Pandemic

July 7, 2020
Recording Available: FDA/ORA Panel at AFDO Virtual Educational Conference

July 2, 2020
Domestic Mutual Reliance Update

June 26, 2020
Register for Virtual AFDO Conference Session with FDA Association Commissioner for Regulatory Affairs, Judy McMeekin

June 18, 2020
PFP IT Workgroup Coffee Talk with Diane McDaniel

June 11, 2020
Save-the-Date (June 30, 2020) Webinar: Managing Food Testing Laboratories Operations During and After a Pandemic

June 2, 2020
Pandemic Challenges Highlight the Importance of the New Era of Smarter Food Safety

April 30, 2020
PFP IT Workgroup Newsletter (April 2020)

arch 26, 2020
Free Retail Training from FDA-OTED

March 6, 2020
Coffee Talk with OHAFO's John Gridley

February 26, 2020
Proposed Rule: (Comments Due 3/3/2020) Laboratory Accreditation for Analyses of Foods

December 19, 2019
PFP IT Workgroup Newsletter (Winter 2019)

August 21, 2019
NIST MEP – FDA MOU Executed to Support U.S. Food Manufacturing and Improve Food Safety

July 12, 2019

Newly Released: Human and Animal Food Testing Laboratories Best Practices Manual
 
 
July 3, 2019
Coffee Talk with the Illinois Department of Agriculture
 
 
May 15, 2019
Office of Partnerships Stakeholder Newsletter
 
April 17, 2019
Coffee Talk with the Florida Department of Agriculture
 
April 17, 2019
NFSDX in Action
 
April 9, 2019
PFP 10th Anniversary Webinar

November 19, 2020
FDA Partners with the California Department of Food and Agriculture, Western Center for Food Safety, and California Agricultural Stakeholders to Enhance Food Safety
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is announcing the launch of a multi-year study to improve food safety through enhanced understanding of the ecology of human pathogens in the environment that may cause foodborne illness outbreaks. 

 

November 18, 2020
CORE Outbreak Investigation Table Issued
Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued the Coordinated Outbreak Response and Evaluation (CORE) Investigation Table. This new tool will share information on FDA foodborne illness outbreak investigations, even in their early stages and as soon as FDA begins its response to the outbreak.

 

November 10, 2020
FDA Issues Draft Guidance for Industry on Voluntary Disclosure of Sesame When Added as Flavoring or Spice
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today issued a draft guidance for voluntary sesame labeling to encourage manufacturers to clearly declare sesame in the ingredient list, when it is used as a “flavoring” or “spice” or when the common or usual name (such as tahini) does not specify sesame.

 

November 5, 2020
FDA Releases Additional Resources Related to the Food Traceability Proposed Rule
Recently the U.S. Food and Drug Administration released a proposed rule to establish additional traceability recordkeeping requirements for certain foods. To assist stakeholders in understanding this new proposal, the FDA is making a number of additional resources available.


October 23, 2020
FDA Launches Voluntary Pilot Program to Evaluate Third-Party Food Safety Standards, Meeting Another Milestone in the New Era of Smarter Food Safety
The FDA is launching a voluntary pilot program to evaluate alignment of private third-party food safety audit standards with the food safety requirements in two regulations under the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) – the Preventive Controls for Human Food (PC Human Food) and the Produce Safety rules.

 

October 16, 2020
FDA establishes U.S. Agent Voluntary Identification System for Food Facilities
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is issuing guidance establishing a U.S. Agent Voluntary Identification System (VIS) for food facility registration. The VIS is intended to be used in conjunction with our food facility registration database, the Food Facility Registration Module (FFRM), to streamline and expedite the U.S. agent verification process.

 

October 7, 2020
FDA Updates Health and Personal Hygiene Handbook for Food Employees
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has released an updated version of the Employee Health and Personal Hygiene Handbook for retail food managers and food employees. The handbook includes best practices and behaviors that can help prevent food employees from spreading bacteria and virus, such as Salmonella and norovirus, that cause foodborne illness.

 

October 6, 2020
FDA Seeks Input on Labeling of Food Made with Cultured Seafood Cells
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is issuing a Request for Information titled “Labeling of Foods Comprised of or Containing Cultured Seafood Cells,” to solicit information and data to help inform the agency and help determine what next steps may be needed to ensure that these foods are labeled properly.

 

October 1, 2020
FDA Releases Results on Sampling of Dairy-Free Dark Chocolate for Milk Allergen
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today released results from sampling of domestically manufactured dark chocolate bars and dark chocolate chips labeled as “dairy free” or with similar claims. The FDA is concerned about the presence of milk in dark chocolate claiming to be dairy-free because it can cause serious health consequences to consumers with milk allergy.

 

September 21, 2020
FDA Announces FSMA Food Traceability Proposed Rule, A Major Milestone in the New Era of Smarter Food Safety
Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced a proposed rule to establish additional traceability recordkeeping requirements for certain foods. The FDA also published a draft “Food Traceability List,” which describes the foods that would be subject to the proposed requirements. The list includes leafy greens, fresh cut fruits and vegetables, some types of fish, shell eggs, nut butters, and more.

 

September 15, 2020
FDA’s FY 2018 Pesticide Analysis Demonstrates Consistent Trends
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today issued its annual Pesticide Residue Monitoring Program Report for FY 2018. The Pesticide Residue Monitoring Program is administered by the FDA to ensure that FDA-regulated foods in the U.S. commerce comply with the pesticides tolerances, or maximum residue levels, set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

 

September 15, 2020
Resources for Food Producers in Areas Flooded from Hurricane Sally
Among those in Hurricane Sally’s path in Louisiana, Mississippi and the Southeast U.S. are farmers and their fields of crops grown for human consumption. The FDA has several resources to help growers who may be affected by the impacts to their crops from severe weather conditions.


August 26, 2020
FDA Promotes Nutrition Facts Label Educational Materials for Teachers, Parents and Youth
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has updated many of its nutrition education resources with the new Nutrition Facts label and is reminding teachers, parents and youth that these are available online. The new label, which is based on updated scientific information and new nutrition research, is the first major update to the label in more than 20 years.


August 25, 2020
Resources for Food Producers in Areas Affected by Storms Laura and Marco
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition has several resources to help growers who may be affected by the impacts to their crops from severe weather conditions.


August 19, 2020
FDA and OSHA Team Up to Publish Checklist to Assist Food Industry During COVID-19
Over the last several months, the FDA, along with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), have developed a number of resources to help food industry employers continue or resume operations safely.


August 12, 2020
FDA Issues Final Rule on Gluten-Free Labeling of Fermented and Hydrolyzed Foods
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today released a final rule to establish compliance requirements for fermented and hydrolyzed foods, or foods that contain fermented or hydrolyzed ingredients, that bear the “gluten-free” claim.


August 5, 2020
FDA Issues Final Guidance for Industry on Action Level for Inorganic Arsenic in Infant Rice Cereals
Today the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued guidance finalizing the 2016 draft guidance for inorganic arsenic in infant rice cereals and identifying the agency’s intended sampling and enforcement approach.


July 31, 2020
USDA/FDA Launches Joint Webinar on Roles and Responsibilities for Cultured Animal Cell Human and Animal Food Products
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) are announcing the launch of a joint webinar to discuss their roles and responsibilities for cultured animal cell food and feed products.


July 30, 2020
FDA Announces New Protocol for the Development and Registration of Treatments for Preharvest Agricultural Water
Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced a new protocol for the development and registration of antimicrobial treatments for preharvest agricultural water, which was developed through a collaboration with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).


July 27, 2020
FDA Announces New Round of Funding to Support FSMA Education, Training and Technical Assistance
Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is announcing $1.5 million of continued funding, in the form of cooperative agreements, to the University of Arkansas Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative and the National Farmers Union to enhance food safety under the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).


July 15, 2020
Inspections of Small Business under the FSMA Intentional Adulteration Rule to Begin March 2021
Today, The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced that routine inspections of small businesses to verify compliance with the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act’s (FSMA) Intentional Adulteration (IA) rule will begin March 2021.


July 14, 2020
Grade “A” Milk Search (GAMS) System
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announces the launch of the Grade “A” Milk Search (GAMS) System, a new tool that allows stakeholders to easily search the FDA’s online Grade “A” Milk Memoranda database.


July 13, 2020
FDA Announces the New Era of Smarter Food Safety Blueprint
Today, FDA Commissioner Stephen M. Hahn, M.D., announced the release of the New Era of Smarter Food Safety blueprint. The New Era of Smarter Food Safety represents a new approach to food safety, leveraging technology and other tools to create a safer and more digital, traceable food system.


June 25, 2020
FDA Redoubles Call to Action for Papaya Industry to Keep Consumers Safe from Foodborne Illness
Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a second letter to papaya growers, harvesters, packers, distributors, exporters, importers and retailers outlining a series of steps that can be taken to prevent recurring outbreaks of Salmonella linked to papayas.

May 8, 2020
FDA Issues Re-opening Best Practices Checklist and Infographic for Retail Food Establishments that Closed or Partially Closed Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic
Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issues two documents, a checklist and an infographic, designed to assist retail food establishments that might have been closed or partially closed during the COVID-19 pandemic in preparing to reopen. The two documents are designed to help businesses that prepare food to serve or sell to the public directly, such as restaurants, bakeries, bars and carry-outs, protect employee and public health as they reopen for business.

April 22, 2020
FDA Issues Temporary Policy for Certain Requirements under the Accredited Third-Party Certification Program During COVID-19 Public Health Emergency
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is issuing a guidance to communicate its temporary policy regarding certain requirements under the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Accredited Third-Party Certification Program for foreign food entities and their products. The guidance addresses the current challenges with conducting onsite monitoring activities during the COVID-19 public health emergency by providing temporary flexibility so that recognized accreditation bodies can maintain the accreditations of certification bodies, and so that already-issues certifications need not lapse, where certain safeguards are in place.

April 16, 2020
Addressing the Safety and Availability of Our Foods, Now and Beyond COVID-19
In a new Conversation Q&A, Deputy Commissioner for Food Policy and Response Frank Yiannas talks about the state of the U.S. food supply, both now and beyond this public health crisis.

April 9, 2020
FDA Issues Best Practices on Safe Food Handling and Employee Health in Retail Food Settings During COVID-19 Pandemic
Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued information and best practices for retail food stores, restaurants, and pick-up and delivery services during the pandemic to protect workers and customers. Many of these smart food safety practices that employers can consider at any time.

April 6, 2020
FDA Provides Temporary Flexibility Regarding the Egg Safety Rule During COVID-19 Pandemic While Still Ensuring the Safety of Eggs
As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration today released a guidance document, Temporary Policy Regarding Enforcement of 21 CFR Part 118 (the Egg Safety Rule) During the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency, to provide producers of shell eggs that normally would be sent to facilities for further processing the flexibility to sell their eggs for distribution to retail locations, such as supermarkets, when certain conditions are present. This flexibility will help egg producers meet increased demand for shell eggs by consumers at retail locations.

April 1, 2020
FDA Provides Flexibility Regarding Menu Labeling Requirements for Chain Restaurants and Similar Retail Food Establishments During the COVID-19 Pandemic
As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration today released a guidance document, Temporary Policy Regarding Nutrition Labeling of Standard Menu Items in Chain Restaurants and Similar Retail Food Establishments During the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency, to provide temporary flexibility to chain restaurants and similar retail food establishments currently required to provide nutrition information, including calories, on menus and menu boards.

March 26, 2020
FDA Provides Temporary Flexibility Regarding Nutrition Labeling of Certain Packaged Food in Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic
As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, restaurants and food manufacturers may have food not labeled for retail sale that they wish to sell at retail. To facilitate the distribution of food during the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration today released a guidance document, Guidance for Industry: Temporary Policy Regarding Nutrition Labeling of Certain Packaged Food During the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency, to provide restaurants and food manufacturers with flexibility regarding nutrition labeling of certain packaged food.

March 17, 2020
FDA Issues Temporary COVID-19 Policy for Receiving Facilities and Importers in Meeting FSMA Supplier Verification Onsite Audit Requirements
Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued guidance to communicate FDA’s intention to temporarily not enforce supplier verification onsite audit requirements for receiving facilities and importers under the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) in response to the global pandemic of COVID-19. FDA does not intend to enforce the onsite audit requirements if other supplier verification methods are used instead.

March 5, 2020
FDA Releases Action Plan to Advance the Safety of Leafy Greens
Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration released the 2020 Leafy Greens STEC Action Plan, outlining steps the agency plans to take this year to advance the safety of leafy greens.

February 13, 2020
FDA Releases Third Installment of the Draft Guidance for the Intentional Adulteration Rule
Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration released a supplemental draft guidance designed to support compliance with the Intentional Adulteration (IA) Rule under the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). This is the third and last installment of the draft guidance for the IA rule.

February 11, 2020
FDA Sampling Fresh Herbs, Guacamole and Processed Avocado
As of September 30, 2019, the FDA has tested 1,214 fresh herb samples (746 domestic, 468 import). As of October 15, 2019, the FDA has tested 887 processed avocado or guacamole samples (777 domestic, 110 import)

January 22, 2020
FDA Sampling Frozen Berries for Harmful Viruses
As of September 30, 2019, the FDA has tested 339 domestic samples and 473 import samples of frozen berries.

USDA Recalls

November 26, 2020
Tarantino Wholesale Foods Distributor Recalls Ready-to-Eat Chicken Breast Products That May be Undercooked
Tarantino Wholesale Foods Distributor, a San Diego, Calif., establishment, is recalling approximately 1,115 pounds of ready-to-eat chicken breast products due to undercooking, resulting in the potential survival of bacterial pathogens in the products.
November 11, 2020
Stuffed Foods LLC Recalls Frozen Snack Products Due to Misbranding and an Undeclared Allergen
Stuffed Foods LLC, a Wilmington, Mass., establishment is recalling approximately 1,818 pounds of snack products due to misbranding and an undeclared allergen.
October 17, 2020
Taher, Inc. Recalls Meat Products Produced Without Benefit of Inspection
Taher, Inc., a Plymouth, Minn. firm, is recalling approximately 22,096 pounds of meat products that were produced without the benefit of federal inspection.
September 16, 2020
Willow Tree Poultry Farm, Inc. Recalls Ready-To-Eat Chicken Salad Products due to Misbranding and an Undeclared Allergen
Willow Tree Poultry Farm, Inc., an Attleboro, Mass. establishment is recalling approximately 6,890 pounds of ready-to-eat (RTE) chicken salad products due to misbranding and an undeclared allergen.
September 11, 2020
Cher-Make Sausage Company Recalls Fully Cooked Meat Sausage Products Due to Misbranding and an Undeclared Allergen
Cher-Make Sausage Company, a Manitowoc, Wis. establishment, is recalling approximately 429-lbs of fully-cooked meat sausage products due to misbranding and an undeclared allergen. The product contains milk (cheese), which is not declared on the packaging label.