In this issue:
Advisories, Alerts, and Warnings
- Food Safety for Moms-to-Be: Safe Eats - Eating Out & Bringing In
- FDA Regulates the Safety of Bottled Water Beverages Including Flavored Water and Nutrient-Added Water Beverages
- USDA Announces Additional Choices for Beef Products in the Upcoming School Year - Affirms Safety of Lean Finely Textured Beef Product for Consumers
- FDA: National Nutrition Month, Remember to Use the Nutrition Facts Label
- Consumers to Receive Timely Food Safety Alerts Through State Twitter Feeds
- FDA: Juice Safety
- USDA Unveils the Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food Compass
- Peep, Chirp, Quack! What You Should Know About Salmonella if You Keep Backyard Poultry (CDC)
- NACMCF Seeks Nominations for Members
- New FSIS Podcasts and Videos
Meetings, Conferences, and Workshops
- Guidance for Industry: Testing for Salmonella Species in Human Foods and Direct-Human-Contact Animal Foods
- New Inspection and Compliance Mandates under FDA Food Safety Modernization Act
- APHIS Proposes New Bovine Import Regulations in Line with International Animal Health Standards
- FSIS-USDA: Changes to Export Verification Program
- FDA: Sprouts Safety Alliance
- FSIS Policy Updates
Advisories, Alerts, and Warningswarning letter to Breathable Foods Inc., makers of AeroShot, for false or misleading statements in the labeling of their product, and told the company that the Agency has questions about the safety of the caffeine inhaler.The FDA also expressed concern about the use of AeroShot by children and adolescents and in combination with alcohol.
The company claims AeroShot is designed to provide breathable energy, anytime, anyplace. The company also claims on its website that its product is intended to be ingested by swallowing. The company’s labeling is false or misleading because these two claims contradict each other.A product cannot be intended for both inhalation and ingestion because the functioning of the epiglottis in the throat keeps the processes of inhaling and swallowing separate.
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Read the warning letter to Breathable Foods Inc., makers of AeroShot:
Read important food safety tips on how to stay safe :
FDA Regulates the Safety of Bottled Water Beverages Including Flavored Water and Nutrient-Added Water BeveragesThe Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are both responsible for the safety of drinking water. EPA regulates public drinking water (tap water), while FDA regulates bottled drinking water. FDA has set Current Good Manufacturing Practices (CGMPs) specifically for bottled water.
To view FDA’s CGMPs for bottled water, visit:
FDA Food Facts for consumers can be found at:
USDA Announces Additional Choices for Beef Products in the Upcoming School Year - Affirms Safety of Lean Finely Textured Beef Product for ConsumersOn March 15, 2012, in response to requests from school districts across the country, the USDA announced that it will offer more choices to schools in the National School Lunch Program when it comes to purchases of ground beef products. USDA only purchases products for the school lunch program that are safe, nutritious and affordable – including all products containing Lean Finely Textured Beef. However, due to customer demand, the department will be adjusting procurement specifications for the next school year so schools can have additional options in procuring ground beef products. USDA will provide schools with a choice to order product either with or without Lean Finely Textured Beef.
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FDA: National Nutrition Month, Remember to Use the Nutrition Facts LabelMarch is National Nutrition Month, bringing healthful eating and positive nutritional choices to the forefront for Americans. With nutrition top-of-mind, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration reminds you about a simple tool to help you make informed food decisions!It’s called the Nutrition Facts Label, and you can find it on all packaged foods and beverages. The Nutrition Facts Label lets you know exactly what you’re eating and serves as your guide for comparing foods and making choices that can affect your long-term health.
Read more of this Constituent Update:
For detailed information regarding juice safety, visit:
See FDA’s update Orange Juice Products and Carbendazim:
JOIN the national conversation. If you're a customer, meet a farmer. If you're a farmer, talk to your customers. Continue the conversation in your neighborhood, town and community about what local foods mean to you.
Explore the KYF Compass by visiting:
For more information and an educational brochure, visit CDC’s Healthy Pets Healthy People website:
Nomination packages can be mailed to: Tom Vilsack, Secretary, U.S. Department of Agriculture, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20250, Attn: National Advisory Committee on Microbiological Criteria for Foods. For further information, contact Karen Thomas-Sharp, Advisory Committee Specialist, at 202-690-6620 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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For more about the NACMCF:
NACMPI Discusses Proposed Rule on the Modernization of Poultry Slaughter InspectionOn March 21, 2012, FSIS hosted a Web conference meeting of the National Advisory Committee on Meat and Poultry Inspection (NACMPI), to solicit comments and hear discussion on the "Modernization of Poultry Slaughter Inspection Proposed Rule" that was published in the Federal Register on January 27, 2012. Eleven committee members participated in the meeting. FSIS presented an overview of the proposed rule and then opened the meeting up to discussion. The comments and input from committee members will help inform the agency's decision making on the final rule. Public comments on the meeting can be e-mailed to NACMPI@fsis.usda.gov or mailed to NACMPI, USDA, FSIS, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Room 1180, South Building, Washington, DC 20250. All submissions must include the agency name and docket number FSIS-2012-0016.
Comments on the proposed rule should be submitted through the Federal eRulemaking Portal at www.regulations.gov or by mail to: USDA, FSIS, OPPD, RIMD, Docket Clearance Unit, Patriots Plaza III, Room 8-164, 355 E Street, SW, Washington, DC 20024.
See transcript and related information about this meeting:
- Food Safety At Home podcasts:
- Meet the Food Safety Discovery Zone (English and Spanish) – March 22, 2012
- Safe Handling of Leftovers (Spanish) – March 22, 2012
- Food Safety Videos
- Safely Preparing Corned Beef Brisket in a Slow Cooker – March 14, 2012
- Cooking Food Safely for Spring Holiday Celebrations – March 28, 2012
- Traveling with Food for Spring Holiday Celebrations – April 4, 2012
- Babies and Food Safety (ASL video) – March 29, 2012
Videocasts in American Sign Language: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/news_&_events/SignFSIS/index.asp
Visit FSIS’ Food Safety Channel on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/USDAFoodSafety
For other food safety podcasts: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/news_&_events/Podcasts/index.asp
April 23, 2012 (new date), from 1 - 4 p.m. at the Jamie L. Whitten Bldg., USDA, 1400 Independence Ave. SW,, Rm 107-A, Washington, DC 20250. For more information or to submit written comments about the 20th Session of the CCRVDF, contact Kevin Greenlees at (240) 276-8214 or email@example.com.
For more information about the public meeting contact Kenneth Lowery at (202) 690-4042 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Documents and agenda items related to the 20th Session of the CCRVDF will be accessible at the Codex website at:
Guidance for Industry: Testing for Salmonella Species in Human Foods and Direct-Human-Contact Animal FoodsThis guidance is intended for firms that manufacture, process, pack or hold human foods or direct-human-contact animal foods intended for distribution to consumers, institutions, or food processors.
To view this guidance document, go to:
For specific implementation dates specified in the law, go to:
For updates about FSMA implementation and progress, go to:
To view this news release:
Exporters should refer to the FSIS Export Library, Notice 20-12:
Also, for information about current EV program requirements, they can refer to the AMS website:
To read this FDA News Release in its entirety, go to:
- FSIS Notice 25-12: Pasteurized Egg Products Imported in Bulk Containers from Canada
- FSIS Notice 24-12: Importation of Live Cattle from Mexico into the United States for Immediate Slaughter
- Docket No. FSIS-2012-0011: Codex Alimentarius Commission: Meeting of the Codex Committee on Residues of Veterinary Drugs in Food
- Docket No. FSIS-2012-0010: Nominations for Membership on the National Advisory Committee on Microbiological Criteria for Foods
- Docket No. FSIS-2012-0006: Notice of Request for Extension and Revision of a Currently Approved Information Collection (Consumer Complaint Monitoring System and the Food Safety Mobile Questionnaire)
- Docket No. FSIS-2012-0004: Notice of Request for Revision of a Current Information Collection (Petitions for Rulemaking)
- FSIS Notice 22-12: Sampling of Raw Beef Product Intended for the National School Lunch Program
- FSIS Notice 21-12:Randomly Selecting Beef Trim to Be Collected Under the Beef Manufacturing Trimmings (Mt50) Sampling Program
- Notice 20-12: Removal of Requirement for a Statement of Verification for Several Countries
- Notice 17-12: Verification of Antimicrobial Intervention Coverage of Carcass or Product at Veal Slaughter and Beef Fabrication Establishments
- Notice 16-12: Nationwide Raw Liquid Egg Microbiological Baseline Survey – Update
- Notice 15-12: Verifying Nutrition Labeling for the Major Cuts of Single Ingredient Raw Meat and Poultry Products and Ground or Chopped Meat and Poultry Products
- Notice 14-12: Verification and Enforcement Activities Related to Export Certification Reimbursable Services