EdNet March 2016
EdNet, the National Food Safety Educator’s Network, is a monthly, multi-agency electronic news journal from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). EdNet provides up-to-date information about food safety and nutrition programs and activities for educators, consumer advocates, government officials, and industry representatives.
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In this issue:
Resources for Educators
- President’s FY 2017 Budget Requests FSMA Investments in Import Safety and State Partnerships on Produce Safety
- USDA Proposes Policies to Improve Food Access, Healthy Choices for Low-income Americans
- FDA Announces Grant Award to Establish Regional Centers for Food Safety Training, Outreach and Technical Assistance
- USDA Finalizes New Food Safety Measures to Reduce Salmonella and Campylobacter in Poultry
- Egg-cellent Safe Food Handling Tips
- National Nutrition Month
- USDA Blog: What is Food Spoilage?
- National Frozen Food Month
- The Food Safety Discovery Zone Tour Starts Next Month
- Amber Waves Magazine – January/February
People in the News
- Susan Mayne’s First Year as Director of CFSAN
- Agriculture Secretary Vilsack Announces the Selection of Warren Preston as USDA Deputy Chief Economist
Meetings, Conferences, and Workshops
- FDA Holding Public Meeting on FSMA Prevention-Oriented Import System Regulations and Implementation
- FSIS to Hold Educational Meetings for Importers on Inspection of Siluriformes Fish
- FDA Releases Small Entity Compliance Guide on Omega-3 Fatty Acids Final Rule
- FDA to Reopen Comment Period on Proposed Rule on Gluten-Free Labeling of Fermented and Hydrolyzed Foods – UPDATE
- FDA Is Taking a New Look at Criteria for Raw Milk Cheese
- FSIS Updates RTE Testing Program
- FDA Announces Funding Opportunities for Education, Training and Technical Assistance under the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA)
- FSIS: Food Defense Resources Available in Multiple Languages
- FSIS Policy Updates
Resources for Educators
President’s FY 2017 Budget Requests FSMA Investments in Import Safety and State Partnerships on Produce Safety
In his FY 2017 Budget Request, the President has proposed additional resources that include an increase of $25.3 million of new budget authority to implement the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). For additional information view the Constituent Update.
USDA Proposes Policies to Improve Food Access, Healthy Choices for Low-income Americans
On February 16, 2016, USDA Under Secretary for Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services
Kevin Concannon announced a proposed rule designed to provide Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) participants increased access to healthy foods by requiring stores that accept SNAP to stock a wider array of food choices. Read this news release.
FDA Announces Grant Award to Establish Regional Centers for Food Safety Training, Outreach and Technical Assistance
FDA announced the award for the second two regional Centers. Iowa State University has received the grant to establish the North Central Regional Center for Food Safety Training, Education, Extension, Outreach and Technical Assistance and the University of Vermont and State Agricultural College has received the grant to establish The Northeast Center for Food Safety, Training, Education, Extension, Outreach and Technical Assistance. The goal of the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) training programs will be the outcome – advancing knowledge among food producers to meet FSMA requirements. For additional information view the Constituent Update.
USDA Finalizes New Food Safety Measures to Reduce Salmonella and Campylobacter in Poultry
On February 4, 2016, FSIS-USDA announced the finalization of new federal standards to reduce Salmonella and Campylobacter in ground chicken and turkey products, as well as in raw chicken breasts, legs, and wings. Based on scientific risk assessments, FSIS estimates that implementation of these standards will lead to an average of 50,000 prevented illnesses annually.
Read this news release
Egg-cellent Safe Food Handling Tips
Visit Playing It Safe With Eggs to gather some safe food handling tips before you go on your egg hunt with the kids.
National Nutrition Month
FDA reminds you to Use the Nutrition Facts on the Food Label to make healthier food choices.
USDA Blog: What is Food Spoilage?
USDA has released a blog titled What is Food Spoilage? Read this blog to learn the science behind food spoilage.
National Frozen Food Month
Throughout the month familiarize yourself with Cold Facts About Food Safety to help prevent foodborne illness.
The Food Safety Discovery Zone Tour Starts Next Month
The USDA’s Food Safety Discovery Zone (FSDZ) will be back on the road next month. The FSDZ will be at the B’More Healthy Expo at the Baltimore Convention Center, 1 W Pratt St, Baltimore, MD 21201 on March 19th from 10 am – 5:00 pm. FSDZ will also visit the USA Science and Engineering Festival at the Washington Convention Center, 801 Mt. Vernon Pl NW, Washington, DC 20001 on April 15 -17, 2016.
On April 23, 2016, the FSDZ will be at the Jenks Herb and Plant Festival in Main St. Jenks, OK.
They will also be at the Worth Mayfest at 2401 University Drive, Ft. Worth, TX on April 28 - May 1, 2016.
View the full FSDZ Event Schedule
Amber Waves Magazine – January/February
Amber Waves presents the broad scope of Economic Research Service research and analysis on the economics of food, farming, natural resources, and rural America. Read the latest Amber Waves online.
People in the News
Susan Mayne’s First Year as Director of CFSAN
To learn more about Dr. Mayne, her first year, and her future vision for CFSAN view the Constituent Update.
Agriculture Secretary Vilsack Announces the Selection of Warren Preston as USDA Deputy Chief Economist
On February 11, 2016, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the selection of Dr. Warren Preston as USDA Deputy Chief Economist, effective February 21, 2016. He has served as senior economist for agricultural policy in the Office of the Chief Economist (OCE) since August 2015, after serving as USDA's acting Deputy Chief Economist beginning in February 2015. He joined USDA in 1992.
Read this announcement.
Meetings, Conferences, and Workshops
FDA Holding Public Meeting on FSMA Prevention-Oriented Import System Regulations and Implementation
FDA announced a public meeting, entitled FDA Food Safety Modernization Act: Prevention-Oriented Import System Regulations and Implementation. The public meeting will provide importers and other interested persons an opportunity to discuss import safety regulations and programs, including final rules for foreign supplier verification programs for importers of food for humans and animals and accreditation of third-party certification bodies. The meeting will be held on March 21, 2016 from 8:30 am - 5:00 pm at the FDA Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN), Harvey W. Wiley Federal Building, 5100 Paint Branch Parkway, College Park, MD 20740. For additional information view the Constituent Update.
FSIS to Hold Educational Meetings for Importers on Inspection of Siluriformes Fish
FSIS will be conducting a series of educational meetings regarding the new final rule, Mandatory Inspection of Fish of the Order Siluriformes and Products Derived from Such Fish, which was published in the Federal Register on December 2, 2015. The final rule, and additional information on the mandatory inspection of Siluriformes fish and fish products, is available on the FSIS website.
Questions regarding the mandatory inspection of fish of the order Siluriformes and products derived from such fish may be directed to AskFish@fsis.usda.gov.
The meetings will be held on the following dates in the specified cities:
- March 3, 2016, Newark, NJ: 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm ET, Rutgers University – Newark, School of Public Affairs, The Great Hall, 15 Washington Street, Newark, NJ 07102
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- March 17, 2016, Los Angeles, CA: 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm PT, Hilton Los Angeles Airport, 5711 W. Century Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90045
- March 24, 2016, Houston, TX: 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm CT, Hilton Houston North, 12400 Greenspoint Drive, Houston, TX 77060
To pre-register for any of the meetings, including potential meetings in Miami, FL and Norfolk, VA, go to http://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsis/newsroom/meetings
For more information regarding these educational sessions or special accommodations, please contact Evelyn Gomez at 202-418-8903 or email email@example.com.
FDA Releases Small Entity Compliance Guide on Omega-3 Fatty Acids Final Rule
FDA announced the availability of a Small Entity Compliance Guide (SECG) to help small entities (food companies) comply with FDA’s final rule that addressed specific nutrient content claims for Omega-3 fatty acids. The SECG restates the requirements of the final rule in a plain language question and answer format. For additional information view the Constituent Update.
FDA to Reopen Comment Period on Proposed Rule on Gluten-Free Labeling of Fermented and Hydrolyzed Foods – UPDATE
In response to requests from the public, FDA has decided to add an additional 60 days to comment on the Proposed Rule for Gluten-Free Labeling of Fermented or Hydrolyzed Foods that appeared in the Federal Register on November 18, 2015. For additional information view the Constituent Update.
FDA Is Taking a New Look at Criteria for Raw Milk Cheese
Recently, cheesemakers have raised concerns suggesting that the FDA is applying safety criteria that may, in effect, limit the production of raw milk cheese without demonstrably benefitting public health. The Agency understands the concerns expressed by some cheesemakers, as well as lawmakers, and intend to engage in a scientific dialogue on these issues. For additional information view the Constituent Update.
FSIS Updates RTE Testing Program
FSIS has updated the regulatory microbiological testing program report for Ready-to-Eat (RTE) meat and poultry products for calendar year 2015. Previous RTE reports from 2014 and before can be easily
FDA Announces Funding Opportunities for Education, Training and Technical Assistance under the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA)
FDA announced two opportunities for funding, in the form of cooperative agreements, to enhance food safety under FSMA. The first cooperative agreement is for Native American Tribes Outreach, Education and Training to enhance Food Safety and FSMA Compliance. The second cooperative agreement is for Local Food Producer Outreach, Education, and Training to Enhance Food Safety and FSMA Compliance. The outreach, education and training needs addressed in these cooperative agreements is to focus on applicable federal preventive controls regulations under FSMA, especially the Produce Safety and Preventive Controls for Human Food rules. For additional information view the Constituent Update.
FSIS: Food Defense Resources Available in Multiple Languages
FSIS has developed a number of tools and resources to help industry identify food defense vulnerabilities, implement food defense measures, and develop a functional food defense plan. In order to ensure these tools and resources are widely available to industry, FSIS has translated many of these items into other languages including Chinese, French, Korean, Spanish, and Vietnamese. Recently translated materials include Food Defense Guidelines for the Transportation and Distribution of Meat, Poultry, and Processed Egg Products and FSIS Food Safety and Food Defense: Information for In-Commerce Firms.
For a complete list of food defense resources, please visit www.fsis.usda.gov/fooddefense.
If you identify a need to have food defense materials translated into additional languages, please contact FDAS at firstname.lastname@example.org.
FSIS Policy Updates
FSIS issues Notices and Directives to protect public health. The following policy updates were recently issued:
- FSIS Notice 08-16: Consumer Safety Inspectors Responsibilities at Fish (of the order Siluriformes) Slaughter Establishments During The 18-Month Transitional Period
- FSIS Notice 09-16: Office of Investigation, Enforcement and Audit (OIEA) Responsibilities Related to Siluriformes Fish and Fish Products
- FSIS Notice 10-16: Inspection Responsibilities and Authorities for Reducing Evisceration Line Speed
- FSIS Notice 11-16: Supplemental Information on Sampling Projects and Supplies
- FSIS Notice 12-16: Public Health Regulations and Alerts for Use in Determining IPP Actions and Food Safety Assessment Scheduling in Meat, Poultry Establishments and Egg Product Plants
- Docket No. FSIS-2014-0023: New Performance Standards for Salmonella and Campylobacter in Not-Ready-to-Eat Comminuted Chicken and Turkey Products and Raw Chicken Parts
- FSIS Notice 15-16: Profile Update in Establishments that Produce Not-Ready-To-Eat Stuffed Chicken Products that Appear Ready-To-Eat
All Notices and Directives are available at FSIS’ Website.