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Food Safety Meeting

The next Food Safety and Food Defense Advisory Council meeting is scheduled for October 16, 2015 at 10:00 a.m., in the Eyster Auditorium, located at 3125 Conner Blvd., Tallahassee, FL 32399.


Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA): Update from FDACS regarding implementation plans and information specific to the Preventive Controls (PC) rules for Human Foods and Animal Foods Food Safety Training: Update from academic partners regarding upcoming food safety training programs to support both regulatory and regulated industries to comply with FSMA PC and Produce Safety rules.

Retail Food Safety Inspections: Update from FDACS regarding recent program changes to the food safety inspection program. Outbreak Updates: Information from our state and federal partners regarding recent foodborne illness outbreaks, including cucumbers contaminated with Salmonella Poona; Norovirus outbreaks in Florida, etc.

Oriental Fruit Fly: An update from FDACS regarding the quarantine imposed and emergency response to the Oriental Fruit Fly in Miami-Dade Co.

National Food Safety Education Month: An update from all stakeholders on consumer outreach efforts associated with food safety education, especially during the month of September.

Food Safety at Farmer’s Markets: Opportunities to provide food safety outreach and informed messaging addressing high risk foods such as raw milk (see attached photo).

Key Food Safety Meetings in 2016 (Informational):
BRC Food Safety of the Americas – Marriott Waterside in Tampa, FL: April 6 – 8
Global Food Safety Conference in Berlin, Germany: February 29 – March 3
Conference for Food Protection in Boise, ID: April 17 – 22
International Association for Food Protection in St. Louis, MO: July 31 – August 3
Safe Quality Foods International Conference in Orlando, FL: October 25 – 27

FDA Tobacco Notice
Please see the following message from FMI Regulatory Counsel, Stephanie Barnes, on FDA’s order to stop sale and distribution of certain R.J. Reynolds Tobacco products. Please contact Stephanie for more information (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Today the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued orders that will stop the further sale and distribution of four currently marketed R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company cigarette products – including its Camel Crush Bold brand – because the company’s submissions for these products did not meet requirements set forth in the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act). The FDA’s evaluation found that Camel Crush Bold, Pall Mall Deep Set Recessed Filter, Pall Mall Deep Set Recessed Filter Menthol and Vantage Tech 13 cigarettes were not substantially equivalent (NSE).

When the FDA issues an NSE order, the tobacco product in inventory, including at a retail location, becomes adulterated and misbranded. As a result, it is illegal to sell or distribute the product in interstate commerce, or sell or distribute the product received from interstate commerce. Doing so may result in the FDA initiating enforcement action, including seizure, without further notice.

Recognizing that retailers may have limited options for disposing of products in their current inventories, the FDA indicated that they do not intend to take enforcement action for 30 days on previously purchased products that a retailer has in its inventory. Importantly, the policy does not apply to inventory purchased by retailers after the date of the order. FDA encourages retailers to contact their supplier or manufacturer to discuss possible options for existing inventories at specific retailer locations. Courtesy of the Food Marketing Institute.

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