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  • FEMA Announces 140 Million Dollars for Emergency Food and Shelter Program

    FEMA Announces 140 Million Dollars for Emergency Food and Shelter Program

    Federal Emergency Management Agency Announces $140 Million for Emergency Food and Shelter Program | site |


    (Information included in Federal Emergency Management Agency [FEMA] press release: November 23, 2020) WASHINGTON -- FEMA has announced that $140 million will be available to communities across the county to assist with feeding and sheltering. Congress made $125 million available for Fiscal Year 2020, and this year, the Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) National Board is including an additional $15 million from funds that have not been used from prior grant years. FEMA awarded the $125 million to the National Board, which is now allocating the funds, combined with the additional $15 million, to qualifying jurisdictions (counties and cities). EFSP funds assist local organizations dedicated to feeding, sheltering, and providing critical resources to people with economic emergencies, including our nation's hungry and homeless populations. These fun...
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  • USDA Shares Easy At-Home Advice for Handling Food Safely this Thanksgiving

    USDA Shares Easy At-Home Advice for Handling Food Safely this Thanksgiving

    U.S. Department of Agriculture Shares Easy At-Home Advice for Handling Food Safely this Thanksgiving | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Agriculture press release: November 23, 2020) (Washington, D.C., November 23, 2020) – This week, Americans will enjoy a delicious meal on Thanksgiving Day with family and friends – either in person or virtually. Taking the necessary steps toward safe food handling and sanitation will help protect you and your loved ones this year. To make sure your Thanksgiving meal is prepared safely, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is offering food safety advice to reduce foodborne illness, including on Thanksgiving Day. “Our data shows that consumers can reduce their likelihood of foodborne illness by focusing on good hand hygiene and other food safety practices,” said Dr. Mindy Brashears, USDA’s Under Secretary for Food Safety. “As home chefs nationwide prepare their Thanksgiving meals, proper handwashi...
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  • U.S. Food and Drug Administration Releases New Outbreak Investigation Table

    U.S. Food and Drug Administration Releases New Outbreak Investigation Table

    U.S. Food and Drug Administration Releases New Outbreak Investigation Table | site |



    (November 18, 2020) - - On November 18, 2020 the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published the following information:


    FDA Releases New Outbreak Investigation Table


    New tool will communicate outbreak investigations in early stages



    November 18, 2020

    Statement From:
    Deputy Commissioner for Food Policy and Response - Food and Drug Administration
    Frank Yiannas

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is committed to transparency and keeping the public and stakeholders informed of our work upholding the safety of our food supply. As part of this continued commitment, today we are releasing a new tool to communicate foodborne illness outbreak information frequently and as soon as the FDA begins an outbreak investigation – prior to a public health advisory or recall of a certain
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  • FDA Encourages Manufacturers to Clearly Declare All Uses of Sesame in Ingredient List on Food Labels

    U.S. Food and Drug Administration Encourages Manufacturers to Clearly Declare All Uses of Sesame in Ingredient List on Food Labels | site |



    (November 10, 2020) - - On November 10, 2020 the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published the following information:

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today issued a draft guidance encouraging food manufacturers to voluntarily declare sesame in the ingredient list on food labels. “Many Americans are allergic or sensitive to sesame, and they need the ability to quickly identify products that might contain sesame,” said Susan Mayne, Ph.D., director of the FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition. “While most products containing sesame declare it as an ingredient, there are times when sesame is not required to be declared by name on the label, such as when it is used as a ‘flavor’ or ‘spice.’ Other ingredients, like ‘tahini,’ are made by grinding sesame into a past
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  • USDA and EPA Welcome Two New Members as U.S. Food Loss and Waste 2030 Champions

    USDA and EPA Welcome Two New Members as U.S. Food Loss and Waste 2030 Champions

    USDA, EPA Welcome Two New Members as U.S. Food Loss and Waste 2030 Champions | site |



    Meijer, UNFI commit to reduce food loss and waste in their operations


    (November 12, 2020) - - The U.S. Department of Agriculture published (today) the following information:

    (WASHINGTON, D.C., November 12, 2020) — Today, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler announced the addition of Meijer, an American supercenter chain throughout the Midwest, and UNFI, a North America Food wholesaler, to the U.S. Food Loss and Waste 2030 Champions. Champions are U.S. businesses and organizations that pledge to reduce food loss and waste in their own operations by 50 percent by the year 2030. The commitment and action of these businesses will help the U.S. move closer to the national goal, protect and save valuable resources, and improve food system efficiencies
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  • CDC Investigation Notice - - - CDC investigating outbreak of E. coli infections

    CDC Investigation Notice - - - CDC investigating outbreak of E. coli infections

    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Investigation Notice: CDC investigating outbreak of E. coli infections | site |


    (November 10, 2020) - - Today the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published the following information:

    A CDC Investigation Notice regarding a multistate outbreak of E. coli 0157:H7 infections has been posted.

    Key points:
    • Twelve people infected with the outbreak strain of E. coli have been reported from six states. Five people have been hospitalized. No deaths have been reported.
    • On November 6, 2020, Tanimura & Antle recalled its packaged single-head romaine lettuce after officials in Michigan identified E. coli 0157:H7 in the romaine lettuce during routine sampling.
    • Whole genome sequencing showed that the sample of romaine was the same as the strain identified among ill people associated with this outbreak. However, this data alone is not enough to prove a link in the outbreak.
    • The investigation
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  • USDA says More than 7 Billion Dollars Paid in Second Round of USDA Coronavirus Food Assistance Program

    U.S. Department of Agriculture says More than $7 Billion Paid in Second Round of USDA Coronavirus Food Assistance Program | site |


    (October 26, 2020) - - Today, October 26, 2020, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) published the following information: (Washington, D.C., Oct. 26, 2020) – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced that in the first month of the application period, the USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) approved more than $7 billion in payments to producers in the second round of the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program. CFAP 2 provides agricultural producers with financial assistance to help absorb some of the increased marketing costs associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. “America’s agriculture communities are resilient, but still face many challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic. These payments directed by President Trump will continue to help this critical industry recoup some of their losses from ongoing market disrupti...
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  • USDA Announces Fourth Round of the Farmers to Families Food Box Program

    USDA Announces Fourth Round of the Farmers to Families Food Box Program

    U.S. Department of Agriculture Announces Fourth Round of the Farmers to Families Food Box Program | site |



    (October 23, 2020) - - Today, October 23, 2020, the U.S. Department of Agriculture published the following information:

    (Washington, D.C., Oct. 23, 2020) – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced it has authorized $500 million for a fourth round of purchases for the USDA Farmers to Families Food Box Program. USDA is issuing solicitations for the fourth round to existing Basic Ordering Agreement (BOA) holders and expects to award contracts by Oct. 30 for deliveries of food boxes from Nov. 1 through Dec. 31, 2020. In the fourth round, as in the third round, states have been allocated boxes based on the internal need of the state. The program will continue the purchase of combination boxes to include fresh produce, dairy products, fluid milk and meat products. The program also will continue to require that proposals illustrate
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  • CDC investigating Multistate Outbreak of Listeria Infections Linked to Deli Meats

    CDC investigating Multistate Outbreak of Listeria Infections Linked to Deli Meats

    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention investigating Multistate Outbreak of Listeria Infections Linked to Deli Meats| site |


    (October 23, 2020) - - Today, October 23, 2020, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published the following information:

    A CDC food safety alert regarding a multistate outbreak of
    Listeria monocytogenes infections has been posted:

    Key Points:
    • 10 people infected with the outbreak strain of Listeria monocytogenes have been reported from 3 states. All 10 people were hospitalized. One death has been reported from Florida.
    • Ill people have reported eating Italian-style meats, such as salami, mortadella, and prosciutto.
    • People have reported purchasing both prepackaged deli meats and meats sliced at deli counters. The investigation is ongoing to determine if there is a specific type of deli meat or common supplier linked to illness.
    • CDC will provide more information as it becomes available.
    Advice...
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  • Trump Administration Welcomes Amazon to the U.S. Food Loss and Waste 2030 Champions

    Trump Administration Welcomes Amazon to the U.S. Food Loss and Waste 2030 Champions

    Trump Administration Welcomes Amazon to the U.S. Food Loss and Waste 2030 Champions | site |




    (October 16, 2020) - - Today, October 16, 2020, the U.S. Department of Agriculture published the following information:

    WASHINGTON (Oct. 16, 2020) — Today, on World Food Day, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue welcomed Amazon as a new member of the U.S. Food Loss and Waste 2030 Champions. Champions are U.S. businesses and organizations that pledge to reduce food loss and waste in their own operations by 50 percent by the year 2030. The commitment and action of these businesses will help the U.S. move closer to the national goal, protect and save valuable resources, and improve food system efficiencies while reducing waste.

    “The Trump Administration is leading the way in combating food waste, and the addition of Amazon to our Food Loss
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