This month Veal will be sampling the new Veal and Mushroom Blend meatball created by the Culinary Institute of America at the 2016 Greenwich Food & Wine Festival. Consumers stopping by the booth will not only get to try a delicious veal meatball but they will receive a veal tote bag, recipe card and cutting mat. A veal apron will be given to those that complete the veal survey.
For those not attending, the featured recipe and instructional video can be found at http://vealmadeeasy.com/recipes/veal-and-mushroom-meatballs/. Enjoy!
AMS Proposes Amendments to the Beef Promotion and Research Regulations for Imported Veal. The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) issued a proposed rule that would amend the Beef Promotion and Research Order established under the Beef Promotion and Research Act of 1985. The rule would add six Harmonized Tariff System codes for imported veal and veal products, and update assessment levels for imported veal and veal products based on revised determinations of live animal equivalencies. AMS is accepting public comments regarding the proposed rule through October 24, 2016.
AMS Seeks Public Input on Revisions to U.S. Beef Carcass Grade Standards. The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is seeking public comments on a petition requesting revisions to the U.S. Standards for Grades of Carcass Beef. The petition requests that the beef standards be amended to include dentition and documentation of actual age as an additional determination of maturity grouping for official quality grading. Currently, the standards only include skeletal and muscular evidence to determine maturity grouping for the purposes of official quality grading. Official quality grading is used as an indication of meat palatability and is a major determining factor in live cattle and beef value. Public comments are due by October 24, 2016, and can be submitted either by mail or via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
FSIS Issues Guide on Genetically Modified Claims. The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) released a compliance guide detailing ways companies can make labeling claims to disclose that bioengineered and genetically modified (GM) ingredients and animal feed were not used in the production of meat, poultry or egg products. Public comments regarding the guidance will be accepted 60 days after publication in the Federal Register.
FSIS also issued a notice informing inspection program personnel (IPP) that establishments may make claims on the label of meat, poultry or egg products indicating that bioengineered and GM ingredients were not used in the production of those particular products. IPP do not have any new verification activities related to this change.
FDA Issues Final Rule Amending GRAS Regulations. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published a final rule amending and clarifying the conditions under which food manufacturers can add a substance to human or animal food without seeking premarket approval if the substance is generally recognized as safe (GRAS). FDA is also replacing the voluntary GRAS affirmation petition process with a voluntary notification procedure to allow individuals to notify the agency of a conclusion that a substance is considered GRAS. The rule is effective October 17, 2016.
FDA Extends Certain FSMA Compliance Dates; Issues Draft Guidance. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently issued a final rule extending and clarifying the compliance dates for certain provisions in four of the seven foundational rules of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). The changes announced in the final rule impact the compliance dates for certain provisions in the two Current Good Manufacturing Practices and Preventive Controls rules for human and animal food, the Foreign Supplier Verification Programs (FSVP) final rule and the Produce Safety final rule. The final rule addresses technical issues regarding the practicality of compliance for certain companies and better aligns compliance dates across the four rules.
FDA also issued a new draft guidance document to help industry comply with the Current Good Manufacturing Practices and Preventive Controls rules for human food. The draft guidance explains FDA’s current thinking on how to comply with the requirements for hazard analysis and risk-based preventive controls and specifies ways to establish food safety plans.
In addition, FDA issued “Draft Guidance for Industry #235 – Current Good Manufacturing Practice Requirements for Food for Animals,” which is intended to help facilities that manufacture, process, pack or hold animal food for consumption comply with Current Good Manufacturing Practices requirements in areas such as personnel, plant and grounds, sanitation, water supply and plumbing, equipment and utensils, plant operations and holding and distribution.
Meanwhile, “Draft Guidance for Industry #239 – Human Food By-Products for Use as Animal Food” will assist facilities that manufacture, process, pack or hold human food, and then subsequently provide the human food by-products for use as animal food, in determining the requirements in the Preventive Controls for Animal Food rule that apply to their human food by-product.
The final document, “Draft Guidance for Industry for Classification of Activities as Harvesting, Packing, Holding, or Manufacturing/Processing for Farms and Facilities,” will help food businesses determine the FSMA rules that apply to their operations.
The draft guidance documents are available for public comment. FDA will release additional draft guidance chapters for public comment as they are completed.
FDA Provides Information to Assist Industry with New Nutrition Facts Label. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published a Nutrition Facts label “Industry Resources” web page to help businesses comply with the requirements of the final rules, which were issued in May 2016. Businesses have until July 26, 2018, or July 26, 2019 for manufacturers with less than $10 million in annual food sales, to bring their Nutrition and Supplement Facts labels for packaged foods into compliance with the final rules. The new Industry Resources page features frequently asked questions, annotated graphic illustrations of new label specifications for the most commonly used label formats, high-resolution examples of label formats and links to final rules and reference materials. The page also includes tables from the final rules showing daily values for vitamins, minerals and food components, as well as reference amounts customarily consumed per eating occasion.
MEETINGS, EVENTS AND EDUCATION
Registration for Listeria Conference Now Open. The North American Meat Institute will conduct its Advanced Listeria monocytogenes Intervention and Control Workshop October 18-19, 2016, in Kansas, City, Missouri. The conference will provide an overview of the latest developments in Listeria control processes and the regulatory environment. The workshop will also include hands-on demonstrations, breakout sessions and case studies designed to assist attendees in implementing the most effective and current Listeria control strategies in their establishments. For more detailed program information and to register to attend the workshop, click here.
Registration Open for Animal Handling Conference. The North American Meat Institute will conduct its annual Animal Care and Handling Conference October 13-14, 2016, in Kansas City, Missouri. The workshop is designed to help companies improve productivity, efficiency and product quality, and will offer an overview of the most current humane handling and stunning practices.
Co-sponsoring organizations include American Association of Bovine Practitioners, American Association of Meat Processors, American Meat Science Association, Animal Agriculture Alliance, Canadian Meat Council, Chicago Midwest Meat Association, Food Marketing Institute, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, National Dairy FARM Program, National Milk Producers Federation, National Pork Board, Professional Animal Auditor Certification Organization, Inc., Southeastern Meat Association, Southwest Meat Association and US Poultry.
For more detailed program information and to register to attend the conference, click here.
National Organic Standards Board to Hold Public Meeting. The Agricultural Marketing Service announced a meeting of the National Organic Standards Board to assist USDA in the development of standards for substances used in organic production and to advise the Secretary of Agriculture on the implementation of the Organic Foods Production Act. The Board will receive public comments via webinar on November 3, 2016. An in-person meeting will take place November 16-18, 2016. The deadline to submit written comments and register to present oral testimony during either the webinar or in-person meeting is October 26, 2016. For additional information, click here.
Presidential Antibiotics Advisory Panel to Hold Public Meeting. The Presidential Advisory Council on Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria will hold a public meeting September 19, 2016, from 12:30 to 5:30 p.m. ET at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Hubert H. Humphrey Building, Great Hall, 200 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20201. The meeting will also be available via live webcast. Pre-registration is required to attend the meeting and to provide public comment. The Advisory Council provides advice, information, and recommendations to the Secretary of Health and Human Services regarding programs and policies intended to support and evaluate the implementation of Executive Order 13676, including the National Strategy for Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria and the National Action Plan for Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria.
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