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
- USDA Launches New Resources at ChooseMyPlate.gov to Help Cost-Conscious Consumers Make Healthier Food Choices
- USDA Seeking Nominations to National Advisory Committee on Meat and Poultry Inspection
- FDA Approves New High-Intensity Sweetener Advantame
- USDA Blog: Wolverine Packing Company Recall: What Consumers Need to Know
- Federal Agencies Sign Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to Leverage Expertise during Foodborne Outbreak Investigations
- May 12-18 was Food Allergy Awareness Week
- May is Older Americans Month
- May is National High Blood Pressure Education Month
- Agricultural Research Magazine, May/June 2014, Vol. 62, No. 5
People in the News
Meetings, Conferences, and Workshops
- FDA to Hold Public Meeting on Proposed Rules on the Nutrition and Supplement Facts Labels
- Webinar Recording Posted: Attribution of Foodborne Illness
- Transcript Is Now Available From FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Public Meeting
- Partnership for Food Safety Education Seeks Abstracts for 2014 National Food Safety Education Conference
- FDA Extends Comment Period on Proposed Rule on Sanitary Transportation
- FDA Extends Comment Period on Proposed Rules on the Nutrition and Supplement Facts Labels
- FDA and USDA Sign MOU to Facilitate the Transfer of Primary Regulatory Oversight for Siluriformes Fish and Fish Products from FDA to FSIS
- FDA Issues Draft Guidance for Industry on Food Allergen Labeling Exemption Petitions and Notifications
- FDA Announces the Fourth Annual Reportable Food Registry Report
- FSIS Implements Changes to the Salmonella Verification Sampling Program: Analysis of Raw Beef
- FDA Releases FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Operational Strategy Document
- Federal Agencies Sign MOU to Leverage Expertise During Foodborne Outbreak Investigations
- Update: FSIS Testing for E. coli
- FSIS Policy Updates
USDA Launches New Resources at ChooseMyPlate.gov to Help Cost-Conscious Consumers Make Healthier Food Choices
On May 27, 2014, the USDA unveiled Healthy Eating on a Budget – the newest addition to ChooseMyPlate.gov. Consumers continue to want more information about how to make better eating decisions with limited resources. To meet this need, the USDA's Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion (CNPP) developed the new resource to include easy-to-use and insightful information about planning meals, shopping smart in the grocery store, and preparing foods that save money and time in the kitchen.
Read this news release:
USDA is seeking applications and nominations for membership to the National Advisory Committee on Meat and Poultry Inspection. Membership is encouraged for individuals with knowledge and interest in meat, poultry and egg product safety and other FSIS responsibilities. Persons from industry; state and federal government; public health, scientific and academic communities; and consumers and consumer organizations, as well as all other interested persons, are invited to submit nominations.
For additional information, contact Designated Federal Officer Sally Fernandez at 202-690-6524 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
To read the Federal Register notice, go to http://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsis/topics/regulations/federal-register/federal-register-notices
FDA announced the new food additive, Advantame, is safe for use as a general-purpose sweetener and flavor enhancer in food, except meat and poultry. New food additives must be approved by the FDA before they may be marketed in the United States.
For additional information, go to: http://www.fda.gov/Food/NewsEvents/ConstituentUpdates/ucm397740.htm
On May 21, 2014, Brian Ronholm, Acting Under Secretary for Food Safety, FSIS, posted a blog regarding the recall by Wolverine Packing Company in Detroit, MI, of 1.8 million pounds of ground beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7, to provide an update on what FSIS is doing based on the evidence available.
Federal Agencies Sign Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to Leverage Expertise during Foodborne Outbreak Investigations
On May 19, 2014, FSIS issued a news release to announce that the Agency and the CDC Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) recently signed a MOU that will provide a more comprehensive and multidisciplinary approach to address foodborne health hazards associated with meat, poultry and processed egg products.
Read this news release:
Check your food product’s ingredient list to avoid dangerous food allergies.
For additional information, go to: http://www.fda.gov/Food/IngredientsPackagingLabeling/FoodAllergens/ucm079311.htm
FDA provides practical guidance for older adults to help reduce their risk of foodborne illness.
To learn more, go to: http://www.fda.gov/Food/FoodborneIllnessContaminants/PeopleAtRisk/ucm182679.htm
Learn how to use the Nutrition Facts Label to help choose foods with less sodium.
For more information, go to: http://www.fda.gov/Food/IngredientsPackagingLabeling/LabelingNutrition/ucm315355.htm
The May-June 2014 issue of the Agricultural Research Magazine from USDA's Agricultural Research Service is now available.
People in the News
FSIS’ Faces of Food Safety, shares the stories of its dedicated workforce —inspectors, veterinarians, investigators, administrative assistants and scientists.
Read about the men and women who play a role in making our food safe, at:
FDA announced a public meeting on the following two proposed rules: Food Labeling: Revision of the Nutrition and Supplement Facts Labels and Food Labeling: Serving Sizes of Foods That Can Reasonably Be Consumed At One-Eating Occasion; Dual-Column Labeling; Updating, Modifying, and Establishing Certain Reference Amounts Customarily Consumed; Serving Size for Breath Mints; and Technical Amendments. The meeting will be held June 26, 2014, 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. at the Jefferson Auditorium, U.S. Department of Agriculture in Washington, DC.
For additional information about the public meeting, go to: http://www.fda.gov/Food/NewsEvents/ConstituentUpdates/ucm398828.htm
FSIS, FDA and CDC have posted a recording of their most recent webinar, which detailed progress toward attributing foodborne illnesses to food sources. The Webinar, Are Outbreak Illnesses Representative of Sporadic Illnesses? was presented on January 10, 2014, by the Interagency Food Safety Analytics Collaboration (IFSAC), a tri-agency partnership focused on projects related to attribution of foodborne illnesses. FSIS and its partners are exploring the practical applications of these findings when estimating foodborne illness attribution.
To watch the recording, select Webinar #2 when you visit:
The transcript can be found at:
Partnership for Food Safety Education Seeks Abstracts for 2014 National Food Safety Education Conference
The Partnership for Food Safety Education is calling for abstracts for presentations at its next national consumer food-safety education conference scheduled for December 5 and 6, 2014, in Arlington, VA. The Partnership’s mission is to educate the public about preventing foodborne illness. Abstracts for oral or poster presentations at the conference must be submitted by June 10, 2014.
For more information about the conference and submitting abstracts, go to: http://www.fda.gov/Food/NewsEvents/ConstituentUpdates/ucm395961.htm
FDA extended the comment period by 60 days, to July 30, 2014, for the proposed rule Sanitary Transportation of Human and Animal Food. The extension also applies to the associated information collection provisions. FDA is taking this action in response to requests for additional time to submit comments.
For additional information, go to: http://www.fda.gov/Food/NewsEvents/ConstituentUpdates/ucm398169.htm
FDA extended the comment period by 60 days, to August 1, 2014, for the following two proposed rules: Food Labeling: Revision of the Nutrition and Supplement Facts Labels and Food Labeling: Serving Sizes of Foods That Can Reasonably Be Consumed At One-Eating Occasion; Dual-Column Labeling; Updating, Modifying, and Establishing Certain Reference Amounts Customarily Consumed; Serving Size for Breath Mints; and Technical Amendments. This action was taken in response to requests for an extension to allow interested persons additional time to submit comments.
For additional information, go to: http://www.fda.gov/Food/NewsEvents/ConstituentUpdates/ucm398174.htm
FDA and USDA Sign MOU to Facilitate the Transfer of Primary Regulatory Oversight for Siluriformes Fish and Fish Products from FDA to FSIS
FDA and the FSIS have established a MOU intended to facilitate the transfer of primary regulatory oversight over Siluriformes fish and fish products, including commercial catfish, basa, pangasius, and swai/tra, from FDA to FSIS.
For additional information regarding the MOU, go to: http://www.fda.gov/Food/NewsEvents/ConstituentUpdates/ucm396546.htm
FDA Issues Draft Guidance for Industry on Food Allergen Labeling Exemption Petitions and Notifications
FDA issued draft guidance, Draft Guidance for Industry: Food Allergen Labeling Exemption Petitions and Notifications, that is intended to help industry prepare submissions that seek exemptions from the labeling requirements for ingredients derived from major food allergens. Electronic or written comments for the draft guidance will be accepted through September 5, 2014.
For additional information regarding this draft guidance and submitting comments, go to: http://www.fda.gov/Food/NewsEvents/ConstituentUpdates/ucm396167.htm
The Fourth Annual Reportable Food Registry Report is now available. The report summarizes the Registry’s fourth year of operation (September 8, 2012 – September 7, 2013) and finds that it logged in 1269 reports.
For additional information about this report and the Reportable Food Registry, go to:
FSIS is publishing a Federal Register notice responding to comments from an August 2013 notice announcing the agency’s plans to begin analyzing for Salmonella all beef product it analyzes for Shiga toxin- producing E. coli (STEC). The agency will also begin analyzing for Salmonella in the follow-up samples it collects in response to STEC positive results.
To read a blog about the changes, visit:
FDA released the FSMA Operational Strategy document, outlining broadly the drivers of change in FDA’s approach to food safety and the operational strategy for implementing that change, as mandated and empowered by FSMA.
To read this document in its entirety, visit:
FSIS and the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) recently came together to sign a MOU. Through this agreement, the two agencies will provide a more comprehensive, multidisciplinary approach to address foodborne health hazards potentially associated with meat and poultry products.
To read the MOU, visit:
FSIS posts bi-weekly updates for the agency’s raw ground beef E. coli sampling program. Included are testing results of raw ground beef component samples for E. coli O157:H7 and STECs from FSIS routine and follow-up sampling programs. Also featured is data for non-O157 STECs by each non-O157 STEC serogroup.
To review testing results, visit the E. coli data tables at:
FSIS issues Notices and Directives to protect public health. The following policy updates were recently issued:
- FSIS Notice 24-14: Livestock Slaughter Establishment Residue Questionnaire
- Docket No. FSIS-2014-0012: Notice of Request for an Extension of Approval of Information Collection: Qualitative Feedback on Agency Service Delivery
- Notice 23-14: Notifying Retailers of the FSIS Best Practices Guidance for Controlling ‘Listeria Monocytogenes’ (LM) In Retail Delicatessens
- Notice 22-14:Notification of Availability of Compliance Guidelines for Allergens and Ingredients of Public Health Concern
- Notice 21-14:Prescribed Treatment to Destroy Trichinae in Pork, and Products Containing Pork, as Required By 9 CFR 318.10
- Notice 20-14:Partner Government Agency (PGA) Message Set Pilot
- Directive 1040.1: The FSIS Enterprise Governance Decision Making Process
- Directive 8010.5: Case Referral and Disposition - Revision 4
All Notices and Directives are available at: