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CONGRESS NEWS

WHITE HOUSE NEWS

  • On Monday, the President signed into law H.R. 2620, amending the U.S. Cotton Futures Act. White House
  • Statement on the opening of the Embassy of the United States of American in Havana, Cuba, and the opening of the Cuban Embassy in Washington, DC. White House

 USDA REPORTS & NEWS

Reports

News

  • USDA announces funding for rural broadband projects. USDA
  • NIH body weight planner added to USDA supertracker food and activity tool. USDA
  • USDA announces $349 million in funding for rural electric infrastructure projects including $17 million in smart grid technology. USDA
  • USDA broadens crop insurance options for fruit and nut producers. USDA
  • USDA, Microsoft to launch "Innovation Challenge" to address food resiliency. USDA
  • Why the Agriculture Department is giving out tens of millions of dollars for internet access. Washington Post
  • USDA secretary not ready to declare bird flu outbreak over. Washington Post
  • USDA bracing for bigger bird flu outbreak. Agri-Pulse
  • USDA approves Dow's Enlist cotton. Agri-Pulse
  • USDA expands crop insurance for fruit, nut producers. Agri-Pulse

2016 CAMPAIGN NEWS

  • Ohio Governor John Kasich officially launches his campaign for President of the United States, making him the 16th Republican to announce. The Hill
  • Clinton, Sanders grab momentum as 2016 Democrats take stage together for first time. Agri-Pulse
  • Clinton takes her 2016 fight back to home turf in Arkansas. Agri-Pulse
  • Jindal wants trade promotion authority, just not for Obama. Agri-Pulse
  • Trump threatens third-party run. The Hill
  • Fox News memo details qualifying guidelines for the first Presidential Debate. NY Times
  • Fox News changes plans for GOP forum. Politico
  • Editorial: Trump should pull the plug on his bloviating side show. Des Moines Register
  • RNC posts record June haul, outraises DNC by $4 million. The Hill
  • Bernie Sanders spent $0 on polling. Huffington Post
  • Hillary's first ad buy. Politico

FOOD & AGRICULTURE HEADLINES 

TRADE NEWS

  • Cuban flag flies over embassy in Washington for first time in 54 years. Kansas City Star
  • As embassies open, a further thaw in Cuban-U.S. ties faces hurdles in Congress. Wall Street Journal
  • Cuba travel, trade would be allowed under Senate bill. Roll Call
  • Peru loses WTO appeal over agricultural import levy. Reuters
  • Australia says agrees deal with China to export live cattle. Reuters
  • Iran slaps import duty on wheat, barley, hurting hope for fresh trade. Reuters
  • Australia's drought bringing the beef to McDonald's, Carl's Jr. Bloomberg
  • France seeks to allay farmers block cities, tourist sites. Bloomberg
  • France moves to placate farmers with aid. Wall Street Journal
  • Dutch flower sellers say Russia's ban threat may have MH17 link. Bloomberg

IN OTHER NEWS 

  • Michigan farmer fights state over milk inspections. Lansing State Journal
  • Va. grape production doesn't keep pace with winery growth. Washington Post
  • New California-owned fleet stirs the food-truck pot in Seattle area. Seattle Times
  • Shrinking Colorado River is a growing concern for Yuma farmers - and millions of water users. LA Times
  • California drought makes quest for water a consuming grind. Washington Post
  • Drought-stricken California farmers look to tap urban wastewater. NPR
  • California proposes historic $1.5M fine for taking water. Washington Post
  • DC state fair to feature marijuana growing contest. Washington Post
  • Publisher's Platform: Food 'Crimes': When to prosecute and not? Food Safety News
  • Iowa chicks sent as far away as Brazil to evade deadly bird flu. Reuters
  • Dairy fighting back, through satire. Dairy Herd
  • Why the pig is the most loved and most loathed animal on the plate. NPR
  • Actually, all food is full of chemicals. Huffington Post
  • State University of New York announces farm initiative. My Fox NY
  • Capitol food workers bring income inequality to Congress' front step. Roll Call
  • Report: Food recalls have nearly doubled since 2002. Food Safety News
  • Food writer seeks story and finds it buried in the sand. NY Times
  • FDA announces food safety challenge winners. Food Safety News
  • More food safety issues popping up on WTO committee agenda. Food Safety News
  • Teacher honored for planting Ag in school curriculum. Agri-Pulse
  • GMO rice could reduce greenhouse gas emissions, study says. LA Times
  • Eggs are no longer the cheapest source of animal protein. Washington Post
  • Navigating a bureaucratic maze to renew food stamp benefits. NY Times
  • The winners and losers of New York's new $15 fast-food minimum wage. Fortune
  • Can desalination counter the drought? The New Yorker

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Agricultural Research Service
Availability of the Final Environmental Assessment and a Finding of No Significant Impact for the U.S. Department of Agriculture--Agricultural Research Service Brooksville, Florida Land Transfer to Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University
ACTION: Notice.
SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Research Service (ARS) made a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for the transfer of land and facilities from USDA-ARS Subtropical Agricultural Research Station (STARS) in Brooksville, Florida, to the Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) for the purpose of agricultural research.
Date: Notice is dated July 13, 2015
Link: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-07-21/html/2015-17912.htm

Agricultural Research Service
Notice of Intent To Request an Extension and Revision of a Currently Approved Information Collection
ACTION: Notice and request for comments.
SUMMARY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act and Office of Management and Budget (OMB) regulations, this notice announces the Agricultural Research Service's (ARS) intention to seek approval to collect information in support of research and related activities.
Date: Comments must be received by September 22, 2015
Link: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-07-24/html/2015-18180.htm

Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
Petition To Develop Specific Ethologically Appropriate Standards for Nonhuman Primates in Research
ACTION: Notice of petition; reopening of comment period.
SUMMARY: We are reopening the comment period for a petition requesting that we amend the Animal Welfare Act regulations to specify ethologically appropriate standards that researchers must adhere to in order to promote the psychological well-being of nonhuman primates used in research.
Date: Comments must be received by August 31, 2015
Link: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-07-24/html/2015-18174.htm

Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
Monsanto Co.; Availability of Preliminary Plant Pest Risk Assessment and Draft Environmental Assessment of Maize Genetically Engineered for Increased Ear Biomass
ACTION: Notice.
SUMMARY: We are advising the public that the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is making available for public comment a preliminary plant pest risk assessment and draft environmental assessment for maize designated as event MON 87403, which has been genetically engineered for increased ear biomass.
Date: Comments must be received by August 20, 2015
Link: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-07-21/html/2015-17845.htm

Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
Notice of Affirmation; New and Revised Treatments for Various Plant Commodities
ACTION: Notice.
SUMMARY: We are affirming our earlier determination that it was necessary to immediately add to the Plant Protection and Quarantine Treatment Manual treatment schedules for various plant commodities. In a previous notice, we made available to the public for review and comment treatment evaluation documents that described the new treatment and revised schedules and explained why we have determined that they are effective at neutralizing certain target pests.
Date: This notice is effective July 21, 2015
Link: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-07-21/html/2015-17840.htm

Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
Notice of Affirmation of Addition of a Treatment Schedule for Methyl Bromide Fumigation of Figs
ACTION: Notice.
SUMMARY: We are affirming our earlier determination that it was necessary to immediately add to the Plant Protection and Quarantine Treatment Manual a treatment schedule for methyl bromide fumigation of figs for certain pests, including Chilean false red mite.
Date: This notice is effective July 21, 2015
Link: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-07-21/html/2015-17841.htm
 
Commodity Futures Trading Commission
Order Extending the Designation of the Provider of Legal Entity Identifiers To Be Used in Recordkeeping and Swap Data Reporting Pursuant to the Commission's Regulations
ACTION: Order.
SUMMARY: The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (``Commission'') has issued an order (``Order'') to extend the Commission's designation of the Depository Trust and Clearing Corporation (``DTCC'') and Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication (``SWIFT'') joint venture (``DTCC-SWIFT'') as the provider of legal entity identifiers, or ``LEIs,'' pursuant to applicable provisions of the Commodity Exchange Act and the Commission's regulations. DTCC-SWIFT's designation was made by Commission order issued on July 23, 2012, for a term of two years.
Date: Order is effective July 17, 2015
Link: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-07-24/html/2015-17959.htm

Environmental Protection Agency
Pesticide Product Registration; Receipt of Applications for New Active Ingredients
ACTION: Notice.
SUMMARY: EPA has received applications to register pesticide products containing active ingredients not included in any currently registered pesticide products. Pursuant to the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), EPA is hereby providing notice of receipt and opportunity to comment on these applications.
DATE: Comments must be received on or before August 19, 2015.
Link: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-07-20/html/2015-17738.htm

Environmental Protection Agency
Notification of a Public Teleconference of the Chartered Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee (CASAC) and the CASAC Oxides of Nitrogen Primary NAAQS Review Panel
ACTION: Notice.
SUMMARY: The EPA Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office announces a public teleconference of the Chartered Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee (CASAC) and the CASAC Oxides of Nitrogen Primary National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) Review Panel to discuss CASAC draft reviews of EPA's Integrated Science Assessment (ISA) for Oxides of Nitrogen--Health Criteria (Second External Review Draft--January 2015) and Review of the Primary National Ambient Air Quality Standards for Nitrogen Dioxide: Risk and Exposure Assessment Planning Document.
Date: The teleconference will be held on August 13, 2015 at 1:00 pm EDT
Link: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-07-21/html/2015-17849.htm

Environmental Protection Agency
FIFRA Scientific Advisory Panel; Notice of Public Meeting
ACTION: Notice.
SUMMARY: There will be a 4-day meeting of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act Scientific Advisory Panel (FIFRA SAP) to consider and review Development of a Spatial Aquatic Model (SAM) for Pesticide Risk Assessment.
Date: The meeting will be held September 15-18, 2015 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Link: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-07-21/html/2015-17854.htm

Environmental Protection Agency
Pesticides; Risk Management Approach To Identifying Options for Protecting the Monarch Butterfly; Notice of Extension of Comment Period
ACTION: Notice; extension of comment period.
SUMMARY: EPA issued a notice in the Federal Register of June 24, 2015, concerning the document ``Risk Management Approach to Identifying Options for Protecting the Monarch Butterfly.''
Date: Comments must be received by August 24, 2015
Link: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-07-22/html/2015-17993.htm
 
Environmental Protection Agency
Extension of Comment Periods for the Draft Series 810--Product Performance Test Guidelines and the Proposed Antimicrobial Pesticide Use Site Index
ACTION: Notice; extension of comment periods.
SUMMARY: EPA is hereby extending the comment periods for the following two notices: the notice that issued in the Federal Register of June 17, 2015, entitled ``Draft Test Guidelines; Series 810--Product Performance Test Guidelines; Notice of Availability and Request for Comments'' (``Draft Test Guidelines'') and the notice that issued in the Federal Register of July 1, 2015, entitled ``Proposed Antimicrobial Pesticide Use Site Index; Notice of Availability and Request for Comment'' (``Proposed Use Site Index'').
Date: Comments must be received by October 1, 2015
Link: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-07-24/html/2015-18232.htm

Environmental Protection Agency
Final Release of EPA's Report on the Environment (ROE)
ACTION: Notice of availability.
SUMMARY: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing the availability of the final web-based, ``Report on the Environment (ROE)'' (EPA/600/R-15/142).
Date: The report was made available July 20, 2015
Link: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-07-24/html/2015-18226.htm

Food and Drug Administration
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission for Office of Management and Budget Review; Comment Request; Survey on the Occurrence of Foodborne Illness Risk Factors in Selected Restaurant Facility Types
ACTION: Notice.
SUMMARY: The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is announcing that a proposed collection of information has been submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and clearance under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995.
Date: Comments must be received by August 20, 2015
Link: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-07-21/html/2015-17809.htm

Food and Drug Administration
Cooperative Agreement for Research, Education, and Outreach in Support of the Food and Drug Administration Food Safety Modernization Act
ACTION: Notice.
SUMMARY: The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is announcing the availability of grant funds for a cooperative agreement to support the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) implementation efforts by the Illinois Institute of Technology's (IIT) National Center for Food Safety and Technology (NCFST).
Date: Application due date: August 14, 2015; Start date: September 1, 2015; Opening date: August 1, 2015; Expiration date: August 31, 2015
Link: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-07-21/html/2015-17795.htm

Food and Drug Administration
Third-Party Auditor/Certification Body Accreditation for Food Safety Audits: Model Accreditation Standards; Draft Guidance for Industry and Food and Drug Administration Staff; Availability
ACTION: Notice.
SUMMARY: The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is announcing the availability of a draft guidance for industry and FDA staff entitled ``Third-Party Auditor/Certification Body Accreditation for Food Safety Audits: Model Accreditation Standards.''
Date: Comments must be received by October 7, 2015
Link: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-07-24/html/2015-18142.htm

National Institute Of Food and AgricultureNotice of Intent To Extend and Revise a Currently Approved Information CollectionACTION: Notice and request for comments.SUMMARY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice announces the National Institute of Food and Agriculture's (NIFA) intention to extend a currently approved information collection entitled, ``Reporting Requirements for State Plans of Work for Agricultural Research and Extension Capacity Funds.''
Date: Comments must be received by September 22, 2015
Link: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-07-24/html/2015-18058.htm

National Institute Of Food and Agriculture
Solicitation of Commodity Board Topics and Contribution of Funding Under the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative Competitive Grants Program, Implementation
ACTION: Notice of opportunity for commodity boards to submit topics and contribute funding under the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative Competitive Grants Program.
SUMMARY: As part of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture's (NIFA) strategy to implement section 7404 of Public Law 113-79, the Agricultural Act of 2014, NIFA is soliciting topics from eligible commodity board entities (Federal and State-level commodity boards, as defined below) which they are willing to equally co-fund with NIFA.
Date: Topics must be submitted by September 22, 2015.
Link: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-07-24/html/2015-18120.htm

Natural Resources Conservation Service
Notice of Proposed Changes to the National Handbook of Conservation Practices for the Natural Resources Conservation Service
ACTION: Notice of availability of proposed changes in the NRCS National Handbook of Conservation Practices for public review and comment.
SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given of the intention of NRCS to issue a series of revised conservation practice standards in the National Handbook of Conservation Practices.
Date: Comments must be received by August 20, 2015
Link:
http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-07-21/html/2015-17797.htm

 

Office of the Secretary, Department of Agriculture
Meeting Notice of the National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and Economics Advisory Board
ACTION: Notice of meeting.
SUMMARY: In accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act, 5 U.S.C. App 2, Section 1408 of the National Agricultural Research, Extension, and Teaching Policy Act of 1977 (7 U.S.C. 3123), and the Agricultural Act of 2014, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announces an open virtual meeting of the National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and Economics Advisory Board.
DATE: The teleconference will be on August 11, 2015 at 2:00 pm EDT
Link: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-07-20/html/2015-17708.htm

RULES

Agricultural Marketing Service
Oranges, Grapefruit, Tangerines, and Tangelos Grown in Florida; Secretary's Decision and Referendum Order on Proposed Amendments to Marketing Order No. 905
ACTION: Proposed rule and referendum order.
SUMMARY: This decision proposes amendments to Marketing Order No. 905 (order), which regulates the handling of oranges, grapefruit, tangerines, and tangelos (citrus) grown in Florida, and provides growers with the opportunity to vote in a referendum to determine if they favor the changes.
Date: Referendum will be conducted from September 14 - October 5, 2015
Link: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-07-21/html/2015-17588.htm 

Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
Khapra Beetle; New Regulated Countries and Regulated Articles
ACTION: Final rule.
SUMMARY: We are adopting as a final rule, with changes, an interim rule that amended the khapra beetle regulations by adding additional regulated articles and regulated countries, updating the regulations to reflect changes in industry practices and country names that have changed since the regulations were originally published, and removing the list of countries where khapra beetle is known to occur from the regulations and moving it to the Plant Protection and Quarantine Web site.
Date: This final rule is effect July 21, 2015
Link: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-07-21/html/2015-17842.htm 

Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
Emerald Ash Borer; Quarantined Areas
ACTION: Interim rule and request for comments.
SUMMARY: We are amending the emerald ash borer regulations by adding areas in the States of Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia, Kansas, Maryland, Minnesota, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Tennessee, Wisconsin, and the District of Columbia to the list of quarantined areas. In addition, we are adding the States of Connecticut, Iowa, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Missouri, New York, Pennsylvania, and Virginia in their entirety to the list of quarantined areas.
Date: This interim rule is effective July 21, 2015. Comments must be received by September 21, 2015.
Link: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-07-21/html/2015-17847.htm 

Environmental Protection Agency
Protection of Stratospheric Ozone: Change of Listing Status for Certain Substitutes Under the Significant New Alternatives Policy Program
ACTION: Final rule.
SUMMARY: This action changes the status from acceptable to unacceptable; acceptable, subject to use conditions; or acceptable, subject to narrowed use limits for a number of substitutes, pursuant to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Significant New Alternatives Policy program. We make these changes based on information showing that other substitutes are available for the same uses that pose lower risk overall to human health and the environment. Specifically, this action changes the listing status for certain hydrofluorocarbons in various end-uses in the aerosols, refrigeration and air conditioning, and foam blowing sectors. This action also changes the status from acceptable to unacceptable for certain hydrochlorofluorocarbons being phased out of production under the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer and section 605(a) of the Clean Air Act.
Date: This rule is effective on August 19, 2015.
Link: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-07-20/html/2015-17066.htm 

Environmental Protection Agency
TSCA Section 5 Premanufacture and Significant New Use Notification Electronic Reporting
ACTION: Direct Final Rule.
SUMMARY: EPA is taking direct final action to amend the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) section 5 electronic reporting regulations. These electronic reporting regulations establish standards and requirements for use of EPA's Central Data Exchange (CDX) to electronically submit premanufacture notices (PMNs), other TSCA section 5 notices, and support documents to the Agency. This rule provides the user community with new methods for accessing the e-PMN software, new procedures for completing the electronic-PMN (e-PMN) form, changes to the CDX registration process, adds the requirement to submit ``bona fide intents to manufacture'' electronically, and changes to the procedure for notifying EPA of any new manufacturing site of a chemical substance for which an exemption was granted by EPA. This action is intended to further streamline and reduce the administrative costs and burdens of TSCA section 5 notifications for both industry and EPA.
Date: This final rule is effective January 19, 2016
Link: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-07-20/html/2015-17737.htm 

Environmental Protection Agency
Novaluron; Pesticide Tolerances
ACTION: Final rule.
SUMMARY: This regulation establishes tolerances for residues of novaluron in or on multiple commodities and removes several existing tolerances which are identified and discussed later in this document.
Date: This rule is effect July 22, 2015
Link: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-07-22/html/2015-17676.htm 

Environmental Protection Agency
Sedaxane; Pesticide Tolerances
ACTION: Final rule.
SUMMARY: This regulation establishes tolerances for residues of sedaxane as a seed treatment for cotton, undelinted seed; cotton, gin byproducts; and beet, sugar. Syngenta Crop Protection, LLC requested these tolerances under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA).
Date: This rule is effective July 22, 2015Link: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-07-22/html/2015-17999.htm
Environmental Protection Agency
Partial Exemption of Certain Chemical Substances From Reporting Additional Chemical Data
ACTION: Proposed rule.
SUMMARY: EPA is proposing to amend the list of chemical substances that are partially exempt from reporting additional information under the Chemical Data Reporting (CDR) rule.
Date: Comments must be received by September 21, 2015
Link: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-07-22/html/2015-17629.htm 

Environmental Protection Agency
Aldicarb, Alternaria destruens, Ampelomyces quisqualis, Azinphos-methyl, Etridiazole, Fenarimol, et al.; Proposed Tolerance and Tolerance Exemption Actions
ACTION: Proposed rule.
SUMMARY: EPA is proposing, in follow-up to canceled product registrations or uses, to revoke certain tolerances for acephate, aldicarb, azinphos-methyl, etridiazole, fenarimol, imazamethabenz-methyl, tepraloxydim, thiacloprid, thiazopyr, and tralkoxydim, and tolerance exemptions for certain pesticide active ingredients.
Date: Comments must be received by September 21, 2015
Link: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-07-22/html/2015-17628.htm 

Farm Credit Administration
Loans in Areas Having Special Flood Hazards
ACTION: Final rule.
SUMMARY: The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (Board), Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), the Farm Credit Administration (FCA), and the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) (collectively, the Agencies) are amending their regulations regarding loans in areas having special flood hazards to implement certain provisions of the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act of 2014 (HFIAA), which amends some of the changes to the Flood Disaster Protection Act of 1973 mandated by the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012 (Biggert-Waters).
Date: Effective dates are October 1, 2015 and January 1, 2015
Link: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-07-21/html/2015-15956.htm 

Food and Drug Administration
User Fee Program To Provide for Accreditation of Third-Party Auditors/Certification Bodies To Conduct Food Safety Audits and To Issue Certifications
ACTION: Proposed rule.
SUMMARY: The Food and Drug Administration (FDA, the Agency, or we) is issuing this proposed rule to amend the proposed rule, ``Accreditation of Third-Party Auditors/Certification Bodies to Conduct Food Safety Audits and to Issue Certifications'' (Accreditation of Third-Party Auditors proposed rule) and to propose to establish a reimbursement (user fee) program to assess fees and require reimbursement for the work performed to establish and administer the system for the Accreditation of Third-Party Auditors under the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).
Date: Comments must be received by October 7, 2015
Link: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-07-24/html/2015-18141.htm

Call for Comments

IFT calls for comments on the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.  For details please refer to http://www.ift.org/public-policy-and-regulations/advocacy/ift-comments/call-for-comments.aspx.