The White House put out its “Current Regulatory Plan and the Unified Agenda of Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions” for Fall 2013 on Nov. 26, and it lists a number of food safety issues that the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration will be dealing with over the next several months.
The Modernization of Poultry Slaughter Inspection final rule is expected in April. The new inspection system for young poultry slaughter establishments speeds up processing lines and replaces many USDA inspectors in plants with company employees.
The final rule for labeling mechanically tenderized beef products is expected in June. In addition to requiring the descriptive designation, the rule would require that labels of raw and partially cooked needle- or blade-tenderized beef products destined for household consumers, hotels, restaurants, or similar institutions include validated cooking instructions stating that these products need to be cooked to a specified minimum internal temperature and whether they need to be held at that minimum internal temperature for a specified time before consumption.
A proposed rule expected from FDA in April will codify requirements that the sponsor of each antimicrobial new animal drug product submit an annual report on the amount of each antimicrobial active ingredient in the drug product that is sold or distributed for use in food-producing animals, as well as possible drug distribution data collection.
Another rule on updated standards for labeling of pet food is expected in June and will include nutritional and ingredient information, as well as style and formatting standards.
Final rules are also expected out of FDA on adding nutrition labeling to restaurant menus (expected in February) and on a list of pathogens with the potential to pose a serious threat to public health (expected in June). The proposed list includes Acinetobacter species, Staphylococcus aureus, Campylobacter species, Clostridium difficile and Vibrio cholera.
Food Safety News is working on an in-depth look at what’s coming up for the Food Safety Modernization Act in 2014. For now, here are the listings for the rules in the agenda:
RIN / Link
|Hazard Analysis and Risk-Based Preventive Controls||0910-AG36||N/A||N/A|
|Produce Safety Regulation||0910-AG35||Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed Rule Comment Period Extended End||March 14, 2014|
|Foreign Supplier Verification Program||0910-AG64||Comment Period Extended End||Jan. 27, 2014|
|Accreditation of Third Parties To Conduct Food Safety Audits and For Other Related Purposes||0910-AG66||Comment Period Extended End||Jan. 27, 2014|
|Current Good Manufacturing Practice, Hazard Analysis, and Risk-Based Preventive Controls for Food for Animals||0910-AG10||Comment Period End||Feb. 26, 2014|
|Focused Mitigation Strategies To Protect Food Against Intentional Adulteration||0910-AG63||Rule Proposed||Dec. 2013|
|Sanitary Transportation of Human and Animal Food||0910-AG98||Rule Proposed||Jan. 2014|
The following is a list of other food safety issues addressed in the agenda:
|State of Rulemaking||Title||RIN / Link||
Date of Action
|USDA / APHIS||Proposed Rule Stage||Establishing a Performance Standard for Authorizing the Importation and Interstate Movement of Fruits and Vegetables||0579-AD71||March 2014|
|USDA / APHIS||Final Rule Stage||Introduction of Organisms and Products Altered or Produced Through Genetic Engineering||0579-AC31||June 2014|
|USDA / AMS||Proposed Rule Stage||National Organic Program, Organic Pet Food Standards||0581-AD20||Sept. 2014|
|USDA / FSIS||Proposed Rule Stage||Performance Standards for the Production of Processed Meat and Poultry Products||0583-AC46||June 2014|
|USDA / FSIS||Proposed Rule Stage||Product Labeling: Use of the Voluntary Claim “Natural” on the Labeling of Meat and Poultry Products||0583-AD30||June 2014|
|USDA / FSIS||Proposed Rule Stage||Records to be Kept by Official Establishments and Retail Stores That Grind Raw Beef Products||0583-AD46||March 2014|
|USDA / FSIS||Proposed Rule Stage||Public Information; Communications With Federal Agencies, State and Foreign Government Officials, and International Organizations||0583-AD50||Jan. 2014|
|USDA / FSIS||Proposed Rule Stage||Addition of Namibia to the List of Countries Eligible to Export Meat Products to the United States||0583-AD51||June 2014|
|USDA / FSIS||Final Rule Stage||Electronic Imported Product Inspection Application and Certification of Imported Product and Foreign Establishments; Amendments to Facilitate the Public Health Information System (PHIS)||0583-AD39||Dec. 2013|
|USDA / FSIS||Final Rule Stage||Electronic Export Application and Certification as a Reimbursable Service and Flexibility in the Requirements for Official Export Inspection Marks, Devices, and Certificates||0583-AD41||May 2014|
|USDA / FSIS||Final Rule Stage||Common or Usual Name for Raw Meat and Poultry Products Containing Added Solutions||0583-AD43||March 2014|
|USDA / FSIS||Final Rule Stage||Eligibility of the Republic of Korea (Korea) to Export Poultry Products to the United States||0583-AD49||Dec. 2013|
|USDA / FSIS||Long-Term Actions||Mandatory Inspection of Catfish and Catfish Products||0583-AD36||Final Rule To Be Determined|
|HHS / FDA||Proposed Rule Stage||Food Labeling; Revision of the Nutrition and Supplement Facts Labels||0910-AF22||Dec. 2013|
|HHS / FDA||Proposed Rule Stage||Food Labeling: Serving Sizes of Foods That Can Reasonably Be Consumed At One-Eating Occasion; Dual-Column Labeling; Updating, Modifying, and Establishing Certain RACCs||0910-AF23||Dec. 2013|
|HHS / FDA||Proposed Rule Stage||Food Labeling; Gluten-Free Labeling of Fermented, Hydrolyzed, or Distilled Foods||0910-AH00||April 2014|
|HHS / FDA||Final Rule Stage||Food Labeling: Calorie Labeling of Articles of Food Sold in Vending Machines||0910-AG56||Feb. 2014|
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