September 24, 2021
PFP IT Workgroup Newsletter (September 2021)
September 1, 2021
PFP IT Workgroup Coffee Talk with Ellen Buchanan
July 9, 2021
Rapid Response Team (RRT) Promotional Video
July 1, 2021
PFP IT Workgroup Newsletter (July 2021)
April 23, 2021
PFP IT Workgroup Coffee Talk with Steven Honn
March 23, 2021
PFP IT Workgroup Newsletter (April 2021)
February 24, 2021
PFP IT Workgroup Coffee Talk with Erin Woodom-Coleman
December 18, 2020
PFP IT Workgroup Newsletter (December 2020)
December 18, 2020
2020 RRT Annual Meeting Summary
November 3, 2020
PFP IT Workgroup Coffee Talk with Julie Vosilus
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September 17, 2020
ORA Data Exchange (DX) Frequently Asked Questions (Version 3.0)
July 23, 2020
PFP IT Workgroup Newsletter (July 2020)
July 2, 2020
Domestic Mutual Reliance Update
June 18, 2020
PFP IT Workgroup Coffee Talk with Diane McDaniel
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
December 19, 2019
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September 23, 2021
Webinar to Showcase Winning Solutions in FDA’s Low- or No-Cost Food Traceability Challenge
A recording is available to watch the FDA’s webinar announcing the 12 winners of the FDA New Era of Smarter Food Safety Low- or No-Cost Tech-Enabled Traceability Challenge.
September 3, 2021
FDA Hosts New Era of Smarter Food Safety Summit on E-Commerce
The FDA issued a Federal Register Notice to formally announce a three-day public meeting to discuss the safety of foods sold online and delivered directly to consumers.
September 1, 2021
FDA Upgrades Education Resource Library
The FDA has upgraded its Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN) Education Resource Library to allow users to locate information faster and with more ease.
August 26, 2021
FDA Makes Available PFAS Testing Results from First Survey of Processed Foods
The FDA is making available per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) testing results from our first survey of nationally distributed processed foods, including several baby foods, collected for the Total Diet Study (TDS).
August 5, 2021
FDA Issues Letter to Industry on Fluorinated Polyethylene Food Contact Containers
The FDA issued a letter reminding industry that only certain fluorinated polyethylene containers are authorized for food contact use.
August 5, 2021
FDA Compliance Date for the Final Rule on Gluten-Free Labeling of Fermented and Hydrolyzed Foods Approaching
On August 13, 2020, the FDA released a final rule to establish compliance requirements for fermented and hydrolyzed, or foods that contain fermented or hydrolyzed ingredients, and bear the “gluten-free” claim.
July 27, 2021
FDA’s Second TechTalk Podcast Will Be on Whole Genome Sequencing
The FDA will air the second in a new quarterly podcast series that focuses on the development and use of new technologies to strengthen the ability of FDA, regulated industry, and others to accelerate prevention, speed outbreak response, and more swiftly adapt to crises that could affect the nation’s food supply.
July 1, 2021
FDA Releases Cyclospora Prevention, Response and Research Action Plan
The FDA released a Cyclospora Prevention, Response and Research Action Plan that outlines FDA’s strategy for reducing the public health burden of foodborne cyclosporiasis in the United States caused by Cyclospora cayetanensis (C. cayetanensis) in both domestically grown and imported produce.
June 30, 2021
FDA Issues Update on Recent Activities Pertaining to PFAS in Food
The FDA is continuing our efforts to better understand the occurrence of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in the food supply.
June 29, 2021
FDA Releases List of Guidance Topics for Foods Program
The FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN) and Office of Food Policy and Response (OFPR) released a list of draft and final guidance topics that are a priority for the FDA Foods Program to complete during the next 12 months.
June 17, 2021
FDA Issues Threshold of Regulation Exemption for Metal Carbides in Food Processing Equipment
The FDA issued a Threshold of Regulation (TOR) exemption for the use of metal carbides and metal carbide alloys as a component or ceramic coating in repeat-use applications such as parts in food processing equipment.
June 11, 2021
FDA Releases Investigation Findings Following Summer 2020 Outbreak Linked to Peaches
The FDA has released a report on its investigation of the Salmonella Enteritidis outbreak in peaches. The FDA and multiple state and federal partners investigated an outbreak of Salmonella Enteritidis infections that were linked to the consumption of peaches during the summer of 2020.
June 9, 2021
FDA Amends Standard of Identity for Yogurt
The FDA is issuing a final rule to amend and modernize the standard of identity for yogurt by allowing for greater flexibilities and technological advances in yogurt production.
June 7, 2021
FDA Releases Fact Sheets on FY 2022 Budget for Food Safety and Nutrition
The FDA is releasing four fact sheets outlining key investments for food safety and nutrition in the President’s FY 2022 Budget Request.
May 25, 2021
FDA Releases Results of FY20-2021 Romaine Lettuce Sampling Assignment
The FDA is releasing the findings of a sampling assignment that tested raw agricultural commodity romaine lettuce mostly at facilities and on farms in the Salinas, California, and Yuma, Arizona growing regions for the presence of pathogens that have been linked to outbreaks of foodborne illness.
May 13, 2021
FDA Issues Report Highlighting Salmonella Outbreak in Red Onions
The FDA has released a report on its investigation of the Salmonella Newport outbreak that caused more than 1,600 reported illnesses in the U.S. and Canada between June and October 2020.
May 11, 2021
FDA to Implement Sampling Effort for Lettuce Grown in Salinas, Valley, California
The FDA will be collecting and testing samples of lettuce grown in California’s Salinas Valley from local commercial coolers from May through November 2021.
May 7, 2021
FDA Releases Report on Foodborne Illness Risk Factors in Delis
The FDA has released its report on a study of foodborne illness risk factors in retail food store deli departments.
April 13, 2021
FDA Advises Companies Regarding Inadvertent Presence of Low Levels of Certain Genetically Engineered Canola Seeds
The FDA has been notified by BASF Agricultural Solutions and Nuseed that low levels of genetic material from two new varieties of canola seed that are currently under review by the FDA have been found in specific lots of canola seed and a small number of canola fields.
April 12, 2021
Update on the Protocol for the Development and Registration of Treatments for Preharvest Agricultural Water
Due to laboratory capacity concerns, the FDA has worked with the EPA to update the protocol that will aid in the development and registration of treatments for preharvest agricultural water.
April 8, 2021
FDA Shares Action Plan for Reducing Exposure to Toxic Elements from Foods for Babies and Young Children
The FDA announced “Closer to Zero”—the agency’s action plan for reducing exposure to toxic elements, including lead, arsenic, cadmium, and mercury, from foods for babies and young children.
April 6, 2021
FDA Takes Two Important Steps to Advance the Safety of Leafy Greens
Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is taking two important steps to advance the safety of leafy greens.
March 30, 2021
FDA Extends Flexibility for Unique Facility Identifier Requirement for Food Facility Registration through December 2022
Domestic and foreign facilities that manufacture, process, pack, or hold food for human or animal consumption in the United States are required to register with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
March 16, 2021
FDA Releases Food Safety and Nutrition Survey Results
The FDA released the latest results of its Food Safety and Nutrition Survey (FSANS) designed to assess consumers’ awareness, knowledge, understanding and reported behaviors relating to a variety of food safety and nutrition related topics.
March 5, 2021
FDA Letter to Industry on Chemical Hazards, including Toxic Elements, in Food and Update on FDA Efforts to Increase the Safety of Foods for Babies and Young Children
The FDA is providing an update on our work to further reduce toxic elements in foods for babies and young children.
February 24, 2021
FDA Shares Resources for the Food and Agriculture Sector about COVID-19 Vaccination
The FDA published a new web page to share information and resources to help employers in the Food and Agriculture sector communicate about COVID-19 vaccination to their workforce.
February 16, 2021
FDA Response to Questions About Levels of Toxic Elements in Baby Food, Following Congressional Report
The FDA takes exposure to toxic elements in the food supply extremely seriously, especially when it comes to protecting the health and safety of the youngest and most vulnerable in the population.
February 12, 2021
FDA Publishes Materials from Food Traceability Public Meetings, including Supply Chain Example
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration held a series of three virtual one-day public meetings at the end of 2020 to discuss the recently released proposed rule “Requirements for Additional Traceability Records for Certain Foods” (Food Traceability Proposed Rule).
February 5, 2021
FDA Announces New Sampling Plan for Romaine Grown in the Yuma, Arizona Growing Region
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is launching an assignment to collect romaine lettuce samples from commercial coolers in the Yuma County, Arizona growing region during the current harvest season.
January 12, 2021
FDA Adds Clarifying Descriptions to the Food Traceability List; Publishes FAQ on Food Traceability Proposed Rule
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has made two updates to its materials for stakeholders regarding the proposed rule, “Requirements for Additional Traceability Records for Certain Foods” (Food Traceability Proposed Rule).
January 4, 2021
FDA Issues Uniform Compliance Date for Final Food Labeling Regulations
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced today that January 1, 2024, will be the uniform compliance date for final food labeling regulations that are issued in calendar years 2021 and 2022. This action does not change existing requirements for compliance dates contained in final rules published before January 1, 2021.
December 23, 2020
FDA Extends Period Before It Will Begin to Consider Comments on Draft Guidance for Industry on Voluntary Disclosure of Sesame When Added as Flavoring or Spice
The FDA is extending for 45 days the period before it will begin considering comments on its draft guidance regarding voluntary disclosure of sesame as an allergen. Comments should be submitted before February 25, 2021 to ensure that FDA considers them before beginning work on the final guidance.
December 22, 2020
FDA Warns Whole Foods Market After Repeated Food Recalls for Undeclared Allergens
Today the U.S. Food and Drug Administration posted a warning letter issued to Whole Foods Market for a pattern of receiving and offering for sale misbranded food products necessitating a series of food recalls for allergens.
December 18, 2020
Release of 2018 Annual Report on the Sources of Foodborne Illness by the Interagency Food Safety Analytics Collaboration
In an ongoing effort to understand sources of foodborne illness in the United States, the Interagency Food Safety Analytics Collaboration (IFSAC), collects and analyzes foodborne-illness outbreak data for four pathogens…and specific foods and food categories that are responsible for foodborne illnesses in the United States.
December 17, 2020
FDA Extends the Comment Period for the Food Traceability Proposed Rule and the Information Collection Provisions
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is extending the comment period for the proposed rule entitled “Requirements for Additional Traceability Records for Certain Foods” and reopening the comment period for the information collection provisions until February 22, 2021.
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 publishe