FDA Issues First Warning Letter to Food Importer Under FSVP

On August 13, FDA announced the issuance of the first warning letter to a U.S. food importer under the Food Safety Modernization Act’s (FSMA) Foreign Supplier Verification Program (FSVP).  As our readers may know, FSVP generally requires importers to conduct a range of activities to ensure that food from foreign suppliers is produced in compliance … Continue Reading

FSVP Follow-up

With little fanfare, FDA issued a new Import Alert (IA 99-41) to prevent the importation of foods by importers who are not in compliance with the Foreign Supplier Verification Program (FSVP) Regulation.  The FSVP regulations require importers to evaluate and document their suppliers and the steps taken to ensure the safety of food being imported.  … Continue Reading

Inspections Begin Under FDA’s Produce Safety Rule

As our readers may know, the FSMA final Produce Safety Rule was published on November 27, 2015 (80 FR 74353) and establishes science-based minimum standards for the safe growing, harvesting, packing, and holding of produce. Our detailed summary of the rule is available here. The compliance dates for the Produce Safety Rule depend on the size … Continue Reading

Enforcement Activity by the USDA Food Safety Inspection Service Against Imported Siluriformes (Catfish) for “Failure to Present” Violations

  As reported here, the domestic and import inspection program for Siluriformes fish and fish products (including catfish) was transferred from FDA to USDA in response to a congressional mandate.  After September 1, 2017, only foreign countries that had submitted documentation showing the equivalence of their Siluriformes fish inspection system with that of the U.S. … Continue Reading

FDA Resumes Inspections of High-Risk Food Facilities

As previously reported on this blog, the partial federal government shutdown stalled FDA’s ability to conduct routine inspections of domestic food facilities.  However, as of January 15, FDA resumed inspections of food facilities that produce high risk foods, such as cheeses, other dairy products, seafood, produce, and infant formula, which had been stopped as a result of … Continue Reading

FDA Collects Thousands of Pages of Documents in Inspection of JUUL Labs

On April 24, 2018, FDA announced its Youth Tobacco Prevention Plan to stop adolescent use of, and access to, vapor products.  FDA followed up on its announcement by issuing 17 warning letters for marketing e-liquids in allegedly misbranded and misleading packaging found  to be appealing to youth.  In September, FDA announced that it has issued … Continue Reading

USDA Issues Guidelines Regarding Livestock Slaughter and Processing Inspection Exemptions

On May 24, the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) issued a guideline: FSIS Guideline for Determining Whether a Livestock Slaughter or Processing Firm is Exempt from the Inspection Requirements of the Federal Meat Inspection Act.  Absent an exemption, all establishments where cattle, goat, swine, or sheep are slaughtered … Continue Reading

FSIS to Begin Inspection of Catfish Despite Controversy

The U.S. Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced in the July 3, 2017 Federal Register that, starting August 2, 2017, all shipments of imported Siluriformes fish and fish products (including catfish) entering the U.S. must be presented at an Official Import Inspection Establishment for re-inspection by FSIS personnel. As previously reported on this blog, … Continue Reading

Fish Flakes

Congress considers ending USDA catfish inspection program. As previously covered on this blog, in the 2008 Farm Bill, Congress required FDA to divest its authority over the inspection of Siluriformes fish (including catfish) to USDA’s Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS).  FSIS issued a final rule to establish the inspection program in November 2015 and FDA announced … Continue Reading

Catfish Crossover Complete

FDA completes transfer of jurisdiction over catfish inspection to USDA. As previously covered on this blog, FDA and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) have been implementing a transfer of regulatory authority with respect to catfish inspection.  Moving forward, FSIS will be responsible for conducting inspections for domestically-raised and imported Siluriformes … Continue Reading

Gone Fishing

Mandatory USDA catfish inspections to start March 2016. FDA regulates the majority of the U.S. food supply, while the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) exercises jurisdiction over meat, poultry, and egg products.  Although FDA historically has regulated fish and fishery products, the 2008 Farm Bill required FDA to divest its authority over the inspection of … Continue Reading

Give Us Your Germs

To help combat outbreaks, FDA wants food companies to send in samples of pathogens detected in plants. For the past few years, FDA has been investigating and deploying the use of whole genome sequencing to track outbreaks of foodborne illness.  The Agency is working to build a network of state and federal labs with the … Continue Reading

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