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  • USDA to Invest 1 Billion Dollars to Purchase Healthy Food for Food Insecure Americans and Build Food Bank Capacity

    U.S. Department of Agriculture to Invest $1 Billion to Purchase Healthy Food for Food Insecure Americans and Build Food Bank Capacity | site |



    First Investment of the New ‘Build Back Better’ Initiative Will Serve as a Bridge from Pandemic Assistance to Food System Transformation


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Agriculture press release dated: June 4, 2021) Washington, June 4, 2021 - - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced an investment of up to $1 billion, including $500 million in American Rescue Plan funding, in The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) to support and expand the emergency food network so states, food banks and local organizations can reliably serve their communities. Building on lessons learned during the COVID-19 pandemic, USDA will enter into cooperative agreements with state, Tribal and local entities to more efficiently purchase food from local producers and invest ...
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  • U.S. Department of Agriculture Launches 2021 Feds Feed Families Nationwide Food Drive

    U.S. Department of Agriculture Launches 2021 Feds Feed Families Nationwide Food Drive | site |



    Website makes it easy to participate, measure donations, and share success stories


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Agriculture press release dated: June 1, 2021) Washington, June 1, 2021 - - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today kicked off the 12th annual government-wide Feds Feed Families (FFF) campaign, which encourages employees from all federal departments and agencies to give in-kind contributions -- food, services, and time -- to food banks and pantries. This year’s campaign highlights a summer of giving in June through August, along with seasonal reminders to donate throughout the year. “Feeding the hungry is perhaps the most critical job we have,” said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. “As the lead agency for this federal-wide food drive, I encourage all federal employees across the country to participate ...
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  • USDA to Purchase 159.4 Million Dollars in Nutritious Consumer-Ready Seafood and More for Food Assistance Programs

    U.S. Department of Agriculture to Purchase $159.4 Million in Nutritious Consumer-Ready Seafood and More for Food Assistance Programs | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Agriculture press release dated: May 13, 2021) Washington, May 13, 2021 - - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced it will purchase up to $159.4 million in domestically produced seafood, fruits, legumes, and nuts for distribution to a variety of domestic food assistance programs, including charitable institutions. These purchases are being made utilizing funds under the authority of Section 32 of the Agricultural Adjustment Act (Pub. L. 74-320), as amended (Section 32). This is one of many actions USDA is taking to address the disruptions in the food system supply chain and worsened food insecurity resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. “The impacts of COVID-19 reverberated from our farms to our oceans,” said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. “U.S. fisher...
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  • U.S. Food and Drug Administration Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update - - - March 9, 2021

    U.S. Food and Drug Administration Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update - - - March 9, 2021 | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Food and Drug Administration [FDA] press release dated: March 9, 2021)

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today announced the following actions taken in its ongoing response effort to the COVID-19 pandemic:
    • On Friday, the FDA issued an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) to Cue Health Inc. for its over-the-counter at-home diagnostic test for COVID-19. The Cue COVID-19 Test for Home and Over The Counter (OTC) Use is a molecular test that can be used completely at home without a prescription by people with or without COVID-19 symptoms. It requires the use of a compatible smartphone and a downloadable app. The app provides testing instructions and works with the Cue Cartridge Reader (provided separately) and the Cue testing cartridge to perform the test. Results are available in about 20 minutes.
    • On Friday the FDA issued
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  • FDA Coronavirus COVID-19 Update - - - March 5, 2021

    FDA Coronavirus COVID-19 Update - - - March 5, 2021

    U.S. Food and Drug Administration Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: March 5, 2021 | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Food and Drug Administration [FDA] press release dated: March 5, 2021)

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today announced the following actions taken in its ongoing response effort to the COVID-19 pandemic:
    • The FDA sent letters to 25 firms that produce and issue “FDA registration certificates” to medical device companies (including manufacturers, distributors and sellers). In the letters, the FDA is requesting that firms cease producing and issuing such registration certificates. The registration certificates often have the look of an official government document and many display the FDA logo. The FDA does not issue any type of device establishment registration certificate. Registration and listing with FDA does not denote approval or clearance of the establishment or its devices. Some device manufacturers and distributors
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  • CDC has Updated its Food Safety Alert for a Listeria Outbreak linked to Queso Fresco made by El Abuelito Cheese Inc.

    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has Updated its Food Safety Alert for a Listeria Outbreak linked to Queso Fresco made by El Abuelito Cheese Inc. | site |




    (Information contained in Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC] press release dated: February 27, 2021

    CDC has updated its food safety alert for a Listeria outbreak linked to queso fresco made by El Abuelito Cheese Inc.: https://www.cdc.gov/listeria/outbrea...-21/index.html

    Key points:
    • CDC has learned that two other types of cheeses, quesillo and requeson, are made or packed by El Abuelito Cheese Inc. at the same facility as the recalled queso fresco. CDC is concerned that these cheeses could also be contaminated and could make people sick.
    • CDC is advising people at higher risk for severe Listeria illness to not eat any brand of quesillo or requeson cheeses until we learn more. This is because quesillo and requeson cheeses made or packed by El Abuelito
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  • CDC Investigating Multistate E. coli Outbreak with Unknown Food Source

    CDC Investigating Multistate E. coli Outbreak with Unknown Food Source

    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Investigating Multistate E. coli Outbreak with Unknown Food Source | site |


    (Information contained in Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC] press release dated: February 3, 2021)

    A CDC Investigation Notice about a new multistate outbreak of E. coli O157: E. coli Outbreak with Unknown Food Source.
    Key Points:
    • CDC and state and federal public health and regulatory officials are working to identify the food source of a newly identified multistate outbreak of coli O157:H7 infections.
    • 16 illnesses have been reported from 5 states: Arkansas (6), New York (1), Oklahoma (5), Virginia (2), and Washington (2).
    • Many of the illnesses have been severe. Among 12 people with information available, 9 have been hospitalized. Three people developed kidney failure. One death has been reported from Washington.
    • The strain causing this outbreak has previously caused other illnesses linked
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  • Biden Administration Expands P-EBT to Benefit Millions of Low-Income and Food Insecure Children During Pandemic

    Biden Administration Expands P-EBT to Benefit Millions of Low-Income and Food Insecure Children During Pandemic | site |


    USDA Says SNAP Benefits Are Inadequate for Most Participants and Begins Process to Extend Emergency Allotments to States and Update Thrifty Food Plan Formula


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Agriculture [USDA] press release dated: January 22, 2021) Washington, Jan. 22, 2021 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced several efforts today to expand nutrition assistance to hard-hit families across the country due to the coronavirus pandemic. In support of President Biden’s call to action on hunger and with authorities provided by Congress, USDA is increasing the Pandemic-EBT benefit by approximately 15%, providing more money for low-income families and millions of children missing meals due to school closures. Separately, in response to this national emergency, USDA is looking at ways to increase...
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  • Excerpt of U.S. Food and Drug Administration Coronavirus COVID-19 Update - - - January 22, 2021

    Excerpt of U.S. Food and Drug Administration Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: January 22, 2021 | site |



    (Excerpt of information contained in U.S. Food and Drug Administration [FDA] press release dated: January 22, 2021)
    • The FDA is reissuing the Emergency Use Authorizations (EUAs) for decontamination systems that are authorized to decontaminate compatible N95 respirators for use by healthcare personnel (HCP) to prevent exposure to pathogenic biological airborne particulates when there is an insufficient supply of new respirators resulting from the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. Among other things, the reissued EUAs for certain decontamination systems are now only authorized to decontaminate each compatible N95 respirator a maximum of four or fewer times. Based on the FDA’s review of real-world use of these systems and evidence from adverse events and scientific literature, including studies regarding N95 respirator failures from simula
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  • FDA Coronavirus COVID-19 Update - - - January 19, 2021

    FDA Coronavirus COVID-19 Update - - - January 19, 2021

    U.S. Food and Drug Administration Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: January 19, 2021 | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Food and Drug Administration [FDA] press release: January 19, 2021)


    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today announced the following actions taken in its ongoing response effort to the COVID-19 pandemic:...
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  • USDA Offers Additional Assistance for Certain Producers Through Coronavirus Food Assistance Program

    USDA Offers Additional Assistance for Certain Producers Through Coronavirus Food Assistance Program | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Agriculture press release dated: January 15, 2021) (Washington, D.C., January 15, 2021) – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will provide additional assistance through the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP), expanding eligibility for some agricultural producers and commodities as well as updating payments to accurately compensate some producers who already applied for the program. Producers who are now eligible and those who need to modify existing applications due to these updates can contact USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) between Jan. 19 and Feb. 26. Some of these changes are being made to align with the recently enacted Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 while others are discretionary changes being made in response...
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  • U.S. Food and Drug Administration Coronavirus COVID-19 Update - - - January 15, 2021

    U.S. Food and Drug Administration Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: January 15, 2021 | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Food and Drug Administration [FDA] press release dated: January 15, 2021)

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today announced the following actions taken in its ongoing response effort to the COVID-19 pandemic:
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  • U.S. Food and Drug Administration Releases Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning Action Plan

    U.S. Food and Drug Administration Releases Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning Action Plan | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Food and Drug Administration [FDA] press release: January 12, 2021)

    Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration released the agency’s first Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning (AI/ML)-Based Software as a Medical Device (SaMD) Action Plan. This action plan describes a multi-pronged approach to advance the Agency’s oversight of AI/ML-based medical software. “This action plan outlines the FDA’s next steps towards furthering oversight for AI/ML-based SaMD,” said Bakul Patel, director of the Digital Health Center of Excellence in the Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH). “The plan outlines a holistic approach based on total product lifecycle oversight to further the enormous potential that these technologies have to improve patient care while delivering safe and effecti...
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  • U.S. Food and Drug Administration Coronavirus COVID-19 Update - - January 5, 2021

    U.S. Food and Drug Administration Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: January 5, 2021 | site |



    (Information included in U.S. Food and Drug Administration [FDA] press release dated: January 5, 2021)


    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today announced the following actions taken in its ongoing response effort to the COVID-19 pandemic:
    • Today, the FDA posted a new webpage on the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) highlighting authorities that are intended to enhance the FDA’s ability to identify, prevent, and mitigate possible drug shortages by, among other things, enhancing the FDA’s visibility into drug supply chains.

    The CARES Act amended the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic (FD&C) Act to:
    Expand the requirement for manufacturers of certain drugs to provide information on permanent discontinuances and interruptions in manufacturing that may lead to a meaningful disruption in supply to the FDA. Include
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  • USDA Announces Continuation of the Farmers to Families Food Box Program, Fifth Round of Food Purchases

    U.S. Department of Agriculture Announces Continuation of the Farmers to Families Food Box Program, Fifth Round of Food Purchases | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Agriculture press release dated: January 4, 2021)

    (Washington, D.C., January 4, 2021) - - U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will purchase an additional $1.5 billion worth of food for nationwide distribution through the Farmers to Families Food Box Program. In total, USDA has distributed more than 132 million food boxes in support of American farmers and families affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. “This new round of Farmers to Families Food Boxes will go a long way in helping American families access nutritious and healthy meals as we recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. Thanks to the President Trump’s leadership, we have helped tens of millions of families and countless farmers with this program,” said Secret...
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    USDA to Invest 1 Billion Dollars to Purchase Healthy Food for Food Insecure Americans and Build Food Bank Capacity
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    U.S. Department of Agriculture to Invest $1 Billion to Purchase Healthy Food for Food Insecure Americans and Build Food Bank Capacity | site |



    First Investment of the New ‘Build Back Better’ Initiative Will Serve as a Bridge from Pandemic Assistance to Food System Transformation


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Agriculture press release dated: June 4, 2021) Washington, June 4, 2021 - - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced an investment of up to $1 billion, including $500 million in American Rescue Plan funding, in The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) to support and expand the emergency food network so states, food banks and local organizations can reliably serve their communities. Building on lessons learned during the COVID-19 pandemic, USDA will enter into cooperative agreements with state, Tribal and local entities to more efficiently purchase food from local producers and invest ...
    06-12-2021, 01:17 AM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Department of Agriculture Launches 2021 Feds Feed Families Nationwide Food Drive
    by Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Department of Agriculture Launches 2021 Feds Feed Families Nationwide Food Drive | site |



    Website makes it easy to participate, measure donations, and share success stories


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Agriculture press release dated: June 1, 2021) Washington, June 1, 2021 - - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today kicked off the 12th annual government-wide Feds Feed Families (FFF) campaign, which encourages employees from all federal departments and agencies to give in-kind contributions -- food, services, and time -- to food banks and pantries. This year’s campaign highlights a summer of giving in June through August, along with seasonal reminders to donate throughout the year. “Feeding the hungry is perhaps the most critical job we have,” said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. “As the lead agency for this federal-wide food drive, I encourage all federal employees across the country to participate ...
    06-09-2021, 03:16 AM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    USDA to Purchase 159.4 Million Dollars in Nutritious Consumer-Ready Seafood and More for Food Assistance Programs
    by Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Department of Agriculture to Purchase $159.4 Million in Nutritious Consumer-Ready Seafood and More for Food Assistance Programs | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Agriculture press release dated: May 13, 2021) Washington, May 13, 2021 - - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced it will purchase up to $159.4 million in domestically produced seafood, fruits, legumes, and nuts for distribution to a variety of domestic food assistance programs, including charitable institutions. These purchases are being made utilizing funds under the authority of Section 32 of the Agricultural Adjustment Act (Pub. L. 74-320), as amended (Section 32). This is one of many actions USDA is taking to address the disruptions in the food system supply chain and worsened food insecurity resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. “The impacts of COVID-19 reverberated from our farms to our oceans,” said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. “U.S. fisher...
    05-15-2021, 07:38 PM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Food and Drug Administration Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update - - - March 9, 2021
    by Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Food and Drug Administration Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update - - - March 9, 2021 | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Food and Drug Administration [FDA] press release dated: March 9, 2021)

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today announced the following actions taken in its ongoing response effort to the COVID-19 pandemic:
    • On Friday, the FDA issued an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) to Cue Health Inc. for its over-the-counter at-home diagnostic test for COVID-19. The Cue COVID-19 Test for Home and Over The Counter (OTC) Use is a molecular test that can be used completely at home without a prescription by people with or without COVID-19 symptoms. It requires the use of a compatible smartphone and a downloadable app. The app provides testing instructions and works with the Cue Cartridge Reader (provided separately) and the Cue testing cartridge to perform the test. Results are available in about 20 minutes.
    • On Friday the FDA issued
    ...
    03-10-2021, 02:14 PM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    FDA Coronavirus COVID-19 Update - - - March 5, 2021
    by Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Food and Drug Administration Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: March 5, 2021 | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Food and Drug Administration [FDA] press release dated: March 5, 2021)

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today announced the following actions taken in its ongoing response effort to the COVID-19 pandemic:
    • The FDA sent letters to 25 firms that produce and issue “FDA registration certificates” to medical device companies (including manufacturers, distributors and sellers). In the letters, the FDA is requesting that firms cease producing and issuing such registration certificates. The registration certificates often have the look of an official government document and many display the FDA logo. The FDA does not issue any type of device establishment registration certificate. Registration and listing with FDA does not denote approval or clearance of the establishment or its devices. Some device manufacturers and distributors
    ...
    03-08-2021, 10:10 AM

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