The webinar will be held on July 30, 2020 from 2:00-3:00 pm EDT.
FSIS Grants Petition on Avian Leukosis Lesions Being Trimable Condition
The National Chicken Council petitioned FSIS to allow chickens with suspected avian leukosis lesions to enter the food supply chain after trimming. Current regulations require poultry with avian leukosis lesions to be condemned. FSIS has granted the petition and will be amending its regulations in the future.
FDA Announces Qualified Health Claim for Cranberry Products and Urinary Tract Infections
Ocean Spray Cranberries, Inc. had petitioned FDA to authorize a health claim regarding the relationship between the consumption of cranberry products and the reduced risk of recurrent urinary tract infection (UTI) in healthy women. FDA has granted the petition.
Harvard Law School Petitions FSIS to Adopt Flexible Labeling Approach for Cell-Based Meat
The petition asks FSIS for flexibility in the labeling of cell-based/cultured meat and poultry.
North Dakota, Arkansas and Hawaii Approved for Online SNAP
More information on Arkansas and Hawaii is here. More information on North Dakota is here.
FSIS Updates List of Foreign Establishments Eligible to Export to U.S.
AMS Requests Comments on List of Bioengineered Foods
AMS is soliciting comments and feedback on recommendations to update the List of Bioengineered Foods as it pertains to the National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard. Comments are due August 24, 2020.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released a Boxed Beef and Fed Cattle Price Spread Investigation Report on its ongoing boxed beef and fed cattle price spread investigation.“The closure of the Tyson beef packing plant in Holcomb, Kansas, after a fire at the facility, and the COVID-19 pandemic clearly disrupted the markets and processing systems responsible for the production and sale of U.S. beef,” said U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue. “The report examines these economic disruptions and the significant increase in the spread between boxed beef and fed cattle prices that resulted from them. While we’re pleased to provide this update, we assure producers that our work continues in order to determine if there are any violations of the Packers and Stockyards Act. If any unfair practices are detected, we will take quick enforcement action.”
Latest FDA Import Alerts
The latest FDA import alerts are available here and include misbranding, listeria and salmonella in seafood, and pesticides among other things.