In This Week’s Edition:
- FSIS Amends Allergen Directive
- FNS Summer Food Service Program; 2024 Reimbursement Rates
- Civil Monetary Penalty Inflation Adjustment; Alcoholic Beverage Labeling Act
- ITC Notice on Final Phase of Paper Shopping Bags From Certain Countries; Countervailing Duty and Antidumping Duty Investigations
- Xanthan Gum From China; Scheduling of an Expedited Five-Year Review
- FSIS Continues Intermittent Cecal Sampling of Lamb and Sheep for the National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System
- USDA Names Participants in 2024 Future Leaders in Agriculture Program
- Notice of Availability of Pest Risk Analyses for the Importation of Fresh Thyme, Marjoram, and Oregano From Kenya Into the U.S.
- Energy Conservation Standards for Refrigerators, Refrigerator-Freezers, and Freezers
- FDA CORE Outbreak Investigation Status Update
- FSIS Updates Lists of Foreign Establishments Eligible to Export to U.S.
- FDA Import Alerts
- FDA Warning Letters`
FSIS Amends Allergen Directive
This directive provides instructions to inspection program personnel (IPP) for performing the “Big 9” Formulation Verification task in the Public Health Information System (PHIS). IPP verify that establishments are accurately controlling and labeling the nine most common food allergens in meat (including Siluriformes products), poultry, and egg products establishments. FSIS is reissuing this directive in its entirety to add sesame as the ninth major food allergen, clarify that the milk allergen is “cow’s milk,” and include an additional example for soy products.
FNS Summer Food Service Program; 2024 Reimbursement Rates
This notice informs the public of the annual adjustments to the reimbursement rates for meals served in the Summer Food Service Program. On average, the 2024 rates adjustment represents a 5.3 percent increase in the rates from last year.
Civil Monetary Penalty Inflation Adjustment; Alcoholic Beverage Labeling Act
This document informs the public that the maximum penalty for violations of the Alcoholic Beverage Labeling Act (ABLA) is being adjusted in accordance with the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act of 1990, as amended. Prior to the publication of this document, any person who violated the provisions of the ABLA was subject to a civil penalty of not more than $24,759, with each day constituting a separate offense. This document announces that this maximum penalty is being increased to $25,561.
ITC Notice on Final Phase of Paper Shopping Bags From Certain Countries; Countervailing Duty and Antidumping Duty Investigations
The International Trade Commission is giving notice of the scheduling of the final phase of antidumping and countervailing duty investigation Nos. 701-TA-690-691 and 731-TA-1619-1627 pursuant to the Tariff Act of 1930 to determine whether an industry in the United States is materially injured or threatened with material injury, or the establishment of an industry in the United States is materially retarded, by reason of imports of paper shopping bags from Cambodia, China, Colombia, India, Malaysia, Portugal, Taiwan, Turkey, and Vietnam, provided for in subheadings 4819.30.00 and 4819.40.00 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States, preliminarily determined by the Department of Commerce sold at less-than-fair-value and subsidized by the Governments of China and India.
Xanthan Gum From China; Scheduling of an Expedited Five-Year Review
The ITC is giving notice of the scheduling of an expedited review pursuant to the Tariff Act of 1930 to determine whether revocation of the antidumping duty order on xanthan gum from China would be likely to lead to continuation or recurrence of material injury within a reasonably foreseeable time.
FSIS Continues Intermittent Cecal Sampling of Lamb and Sheep for the National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System
The notice informs veterinary medical officers and supervisory consumer safety inspectors of the continuation of the intermittent sampling of ceca from both the sheep and lamb slaughter subclasses under the National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System Program.
USDA Names Participants in 2024 Future Leaders in Agriculture Program
USDA announced the selection of 20 undergraduate and graduate students as the 2024 winners of the USDA Future Leaders in Agriculture program. See the full list of winners here.
APHIS Proposes to Allow Importation of Fresh Thyme, Marjoram, and Oregano From Kenya Into the U.S.
APHIS is advising the public that they have prepared pest risk analyses that evaluate the risks associated with the importation of fresh thyme, marjoram, and oregano from Kenya into the United States. Based on the analyses, APHIS has determined that the application of one or more designated phytosanitary measures will be sufficient to mitigate the risks of introducing or disseminating plant pests or noxious weeds via the importation of fresh thyme, marjoram, and oregano from Kenya into the United States.
Energy Conservation Standards for Refrigerators, Refrigerator-Freezers, and Freezers
The Energy Policy and Conservation Act, as amended (EPCA), prescribes energy conservation standards for various consumer products and certain commercial and industrial equipment, including refrigerators, refrigerator-freezers, and freezers. In this direct final rule, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is adopting amended energy conservation standards for refrigerators, refrigerator-freezers, and freezers. DOE has determined that the amended energy conservation standards for these products would result in significant conservation of energy, and are technologically feasible and economically justified.
FDA CORE Outbreak Investigation Status Update
This week’s updates are:
- For the investigation of elevated lead levels in Cinnamon Applesauce Pouches (ref # 1198) the complaints/adverse event reports in the advisory were updated. Refer to the advisory for additional information.
FSIS Updates Lists of Foreign Establishments Eligible to Export to U.S.
FDA Import Alerts
The latest FDA import alerts include foods containing illegal or undeclared colors, food products due to the presence of salmonella, and more.