Category: U.S. News » Agriculture

FDA provides new tools for the development and proper evaluation of tests for detecting Zika virus infection

17 Aug 15:52 | U.S. News

As an additional measure in the fight against Zika virus, today the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced that it has made available a panel of human plasma samples to aid in the regulatory evaluation of serological tests to detect recent Zika virus infection.read more »

FDA approves new treatment for adults with relapsed or refractory acute lymphoblastic leukemia

17 Aug 13:22 | U.S. News

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Besponsa (inotuzumab ozogamicin) for the treatment of adults with relapsed or refractory B-cell precursor acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL).read more »

Monsanto and ToolGen Announce Global Licensing Agreement on CRISPR Platform, Underscore the Benefits of Innovation for Farmers

16 Aug 08:34 | U.S. News

ST. LOUIS & SEOUL, South Korea--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Monsanto Company (NYSE: MON) and ToolGen, Inc. (KONEX, 199800), aread more »

Dierbergs Markets Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Fish (Bonito and Cod), Lobster, Crab, Shrimp, Soy and Wheat in Product

15 Aug 07:03 | U.S. News

St Louis-based Dierbergs Markets is recalling two Deli Products with multiple use by dates in all 25 retail stores due to the presence of undeclared fish (bonito, cod), undeclared lobster, crab, and shrimp in scampi butter and undeclared soy and wheat in cabernet grille butter. People who have allergies to fish, lobster, crab, shrimp, soy, or wheat run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products.read more »

New Clearance and Approval Process for Notices

15 Aug 01:00 | U.S. News

AS-2303, New Clearance and Approval Process for Notices(FOR All FSA National Office Employees) DATE POSTED: 2017-08-15 DATE EFFECTIVE: 2016-08-15 STATUS: CURRENTread more »

Litehouse Inc. Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Egg In Product

14 Aug 16:52 | U.S. News

Litehouse Inc. is voluntarily recalling a limited quantity of its OPA by Litehouse Ranch because it may contain undeclared eggs. The Food and Drug Administration has been made aware of this recall which is limited to one production day from a single manufacturing location.read more »

Information Security Access Management Service Desk

14 Aug 01:00 | U.S. News

IRM-483, Information Security Access Management Service Desk(FOR All FSA Employees) DATE POSTED: 2017-08-14 DATE EFFECTIVE: 2017-08-11 STATUS: CURRENTread more »

FDA warns of potential contamination in multiple brands of drugs, dietary supplements

11 Aug 15:34 | U.S. News

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is advising consumers and health care professionals not to use any liquid drug or dietary supplement products manufactured by PharmaTech LLC of Davie, Florida, and labeled by Rugby Laboratories, Major Pharmaceuticals and Leader Brands, due to potential contamination with the bacteria Burkholderia cepacia (B. cepacia) and the risk for severe patient infection.read more »

FSAfarm+ eAuthentication and Service Center Information Management System (SCIMS) Link Manager Process

11 Aug 01:00 | U.S. News

CP-740, FSAfarm+ eAuthentication and Service Center Information Management System (SCIMS) Link Manager Process(FOR State and County Offices) DATE POSTED: 2017-08-11 DATE EFFECTIVE: 2017-08-11 STATUS: CURRENTread more »

Revised Procedures for Installment Agreements (CCC-279, Promissory Note)

11 Aug 01:00 | U.S. News

FI-3328, Revised Procedures for Installment Agreements (CCC-279, Promissory Note)(FOR State and County Offices) DATE POSTED: 2017-08-11 DATE EFFECTIVE: 2017-08-10 STATUS: CURRENTread more »

Review of Normal Grazing Periods and Carrying Capacities for NAP, LFP, and ELAP

11 Aug 01:00 | U.S. News

NAP-190, Review of Normal Grazing Periods and Carrying Capacities for NAP, LFP, and ELAP(FOR State and County Offices) DATE POSTED: 2017-08-11 DATE EFFECTIVE: 2017-08-10 STATUS: CURRENTread more »

Contractor Employee Electronic Communications Identification

11 Aug 01:00 | U.S. News

IRM-482, Contractor Employee Electronic Communications Identification(FOR All FSA Offices) DATE POSTED: 2017-08-11 DATE EFFECTIVE: 2017-08-10 STATUS: CURRENTread more »

Designated Payment Entity (DPE) In Business Partner/SSN Family

11 Aug 01:00 | U.S. News

CM-791, Designated Payment Entity (DPE) In Business Partner/SSN Family(FOR State and County Offices) DATE POSTED: 2017-08-11 DATE EFFECTIVE: 2017-08-11 STATUS: CURRENTread more »

Monsanto Board Approves Dividend of 54 Cents Per Share

10 Aug 12:34 | U.S. News

ST. LOUIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Monsanto Company (NYSE: MON) announced today that its Board of Directorsread more »

2017 COC Makeup Election

10 Aug 2017 | U.S. News

AO-1683, 2017 COC Makeup Election(FOR State and County Offices) DATE POSTED: 2017-08-10 DATE EFFECTIVE: 2017-08-10 STATUS: CURRENTread more »

Schnucks Bakery Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Pecans in German Chocolate Cake Labeled as “Schnucks Bakery Deluxe Petite Cake Chocolate Iced Yellow”

9 Aug 2017 | U.S. News

Schnucks Bakery, a St. Louis, Mo. establishment, is issuing an allergy alert on 13 German Chocolate Cakes labeled as “Schnucks Bakery Deluxe Petite Cake Chocolate Iced Yellow” that contain pecans that are not listed on the ingredient label. Those with an allergy or severe sensitivity to pecans run the risk of a serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume this product.read more »

Purchase Card Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 Yearend Guidance

9 Aug 2017 | U.S. News

as-2313, Purchase Card Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 Yearend Guidance(FOR All FAS, FSA, and RMA Offices; State Office relay to County Offices) DATE POSTED: 2017-08-09 DATE EFFECTIVE: 2017-08-08 STATUS: CURRENTread more »

FY-End FLP Loan and Grant Obligation and Disbursement Processing Procedures

9 Aug 2017 | U.S. News

FI-3327, FY-End FLP Loan and Grant Obligation and Disbursement Processing Procedures(FOR State and County Offices) DATE POSTED: 2017-08-09 DATE EFFECTIVE: 2017-08-08 STATUS: CURRENTread more »

FY-End 2017 Procedures for Program Loan Cost Expense (PLCE) Activity

9 Aug 2017 | U.S. News

FI-3326, FY-End 2017 Procedures for Program Loan Cost Expense (PLCE) Activity(FOR State Offices ) DATE POSTED: 2017-08-09 DATE EFFECTIVE: 2017-08-08 STATUS: CURRENTread more »

Completing the Real Property Physical Inventory and Inspection

9 Aug 2017 | U.S. News

as-2312, Completing the Real Property Physical Inventory and Inspection (FOR All State and County Offices Except AK, CT, FL, HI, ME, MS, NH, and NJ) DATE POSTED: 2017-08-09 DATE EFFECTIVE: 2017-08-08 STATUS: CURRENTread more »

Taylor Farms Retail, Inc. Recalls Coleslaw Kits Due To Undeclared Milk Allergen

8 Aug 2017 | U.S. News

Taylor Farms Retail, Inc. in Salinas is conducting a limited recall of 293 cases of Taylor Farms Creamy Homestyle Coleslaw Kits due to an undeclared milk allergen. Milk is an ingredient in the dressing packet included in the salad kit. This recall is limited to one production day from a single location which distributes to Raley’s in California and Savemart in California. The recall did not apply to any other Taylor Farms products.read more »

The Comfy Cow Recalls Pints of Ice Cream Due To Possible E. Coli Contamination and/or High Coliform Counts

8 Aug 2017 | U.S. News

The Comfy Cow is recalling pints of Banana Puddin Y’all, Chocolate Squared2, Cookies and Cream, Cow Trax, Double Fold Vanilla, Georgia Butter Pecan, Intense Dark Chocolate, Salted Caramel, Strawberry Fields Forever due to a potential contamination of E. coli. E. coli bacteria can cause diarrhea and dehydration. Most people who are infected recover, but the bacteria can be deadly.read more »

FDA to expand public education campaign to focus on prevention of youth e-cigarette use

8 Aug 2017 | U.S. News

Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced it would pursue a strategic, new public health education campaign aimed at discouraging the use of e-cigarettes and other electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) by kids. The agency plans to expand its “The Real Cost” public education campaign to include messaging to teens about the dangers of using these products this fall while developing a full-scale campaign to launch in 2018. These efforts are part of the agency’s new comprehensive plan for tobacco and nicotine regulation, as well as ongoing efforts to educate youth about, and protect them from, the dangers associated with using all tobacco products. It is the first time the FDA will be utilizing public health education to specifically target youth use of e-cigarettes or other ENDS.read more »

Freshtex Produce Recalls “Valery” Brand Maradol Papayas Due to Possible Health Risk

7 Aug 2017 | U.S. News

Freshtex Produce of Alamo, TX is voluntarily recalling “Valery” brand Maradol Papayas grown and packed by Carica de Campeche, because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.read more »

USDA Mentorship Initiative in Support of Farmers, Ranchers, and Other Agricultural Business Owners

7 Aug 2017 | U.S. News

AO-1682, USDA Mentorship Initiative in Support of Farmers, Ranchers, and Other Agricultural Business Owners(FOR State and County Offices) DATE POSTED: 2017-08-07 DATE EFFECTIVE: 2017-08-07 STATUS: CURRENTread more »

Transferring Farm-Stored Loans to Warehouse-Stored Loans in CLPS

7 Aug 2017 | U.S. News

PS-737, Transferring Farm-Stored Loans to Warehouse-Stored Loans in CLPS(FOR State and County Offices) DATE POSTED: 2017-08-07 DATE EFFECTIVE: 2017-08-07 STATUS: CURRENTread more »

FY 2018 Subsidiary Rollover

7 Aug 2017 | U.S. News

PL-274, FY 2018 Subsidiary Rollover (FOR State and County Offices) DATE POSTED: 2017-08-07 DATE EFFECTIVE: 2017-08-07 STATUS: CURRENTread more »

Work-Around Process for Handling Multi-County Producers and Loans/LDPs Exceeding COC Maximum Yields

7 Aug 2017 | U.S. News

LP-2233, Work-Around Process for Handling Multi-County Producers and Loans/LDPs Exceeding COC Maximum Yields (FOR State and County Offices) DATE POSTED: 2017-08-07 DATE EFFECTIVE: 2017-08-07 STATUS: CURRENTread more »

Federal judge enters consent decree against outsourcing facility Isomeric Pharmacy Solutions

4 Aug 2017 | U.S. News

U.S. District Judge Robert J. Shelby entered a consent decree of permanent injunction yesterday between the United States and Isomeric Pharmacy Solutions of Salt Lake City, Utah, two of the company’s co-owners, William O. Richardson and Rachael S. Cruz, and chief operating officer Jeffery D. Brown.read more »

FDA approves Mavyret for Hepatitis C

3 Aug 2017 | U.S. News

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Mavyret (glecaprevir and pibrentasvir) to treat adults with chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) genotypes 1-6 without cirrhosis (liver disease) or with mild cirrhosis, including patients with moderate to severe kidney disease and those who are on dialysis. Mavyret is also approved for adult patients with HCV genotype 1 infection who have been previously treated with a regimen either containing an NS5A inhibitor or an NS3/4A protease inhibitor but not both.read more »

FDA approves first treatment for certain types of poor-prognosis acute myeloid leukemia

3 Aug 2017 | U.S. News

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Vyxeos for the treatment of adults with two types of acute myeloid leukemia (AML): newly diagnosed therapy-related AML (t-AML) or AML with myelodysplasia-related changes (AML-MRC). Vyxeos is a fixed-combination of chemotherapy drugs daunorubicin and cytarabine.read more »

Grande Produce Issues Voluntary Recall of Limited Quantity of Papaya “Caribeña” Due to Potential Health Risk (Spanish Version)

2 Aug 2017 | U.S. News

Salmonella is an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain.read more »

Commonwealth Dairy, LLC Issues Allergy Alert On Undeclared Almond In Aldi Key Lime Crunch Tilts

2 Aug 2017 | U.S. News

Commonwealth Dairy of Brattleboro, VT is recalling Friendly Farms Key Lime Crunch Tilts because it may contain undeclared almond pieces. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to almonds run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products.read more »

FDA approves treatment for chronic graft versus host disease

2 Aug 2017 | U.S. News

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today expanded the approval of Imbruvica (ibrutinib) for the treatment of adult patients with chronic graft versus host disease (cGVHD) after failure of one or more treatments. This is the first FDA-approved therapy for the treatment of cGVHD.read more »

2017 Compliance Reviews and Spot Checks

2 Aug 2017 | U.S. News

CP-739, 2017 Compliance Reviews and Spot Checks(FOR State and County Offices) DATE POSTED: 2017-08-02 DATE EFFECTIVE: 2017-08-02 STATUS: CURRENTread more »

FDA approves new targeted treatment for relapsed or refractory acute myeloid leukemia

1 Aug 2017 | U.S. News

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Idhifa (enasidenib) for the treatment of adult patients with relapsed or refractory acute myeloid leukemia (AML) who have a specific genetic mutation. The drug is approved for use with a companion diagnostic, the RealTime IDH2 Assay, which is used to detect specific mutations in the IDH2 gene in patients with AML.read more »

August 2017 CCC, FSFL, and SSFL Interest Rates

1 Aug 2017 | U.S. News

FI-3325, August 2017 CCC, FSFL, and SSFL Interest Rates(FOR State and County Offices) DATE POSTED: 2017-08-01 DATE EFFECTIVE: 2017-08-01 STATUS: CURRENTread more »

Climate Change Means More Rain, More Nitrogen Runoff, More Problems

31 Jul 2017 | U.S. News

An intensifying water cycle will likely cause dramatic increases - nearing 20% by 2100 - in the amount of nitrogen runoff in the U.S., according to a new study. read more »

Vibrant Health Products Issues Allergy Alert On Undeclared Egg In LiveGfree Gluten Free Classic Soft White Hamburger Buns

29 Jul 2017 | U.S. News

Vibrant Health Products, a family-owned bakery in Abbotsford, B.C., Canada, has voluntarily recalled one lot of liveGfree Gluten Free Classic Soft White Hamburger Buns due to a packaging error. As a result, this product may contain undeclared egg.read more »

Bush Brothers & Company® Recalls Certain Baked Beans in 28 Ounce Cans Due to a Can Seam Issue

28 Jul 2017 | U.S. News

Bush Brothers & Company® Recalls Certain Baked Beans in 28 Ounce Cans Due to a Can Seam Issueread more »

FDA announces comprehensive regulatory plan to shift trajectory of tobacco-related disease, death

28 Jul 2017 | U.S. News

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today announced a new comprehensive plan for tobacco and nicotine regulation that will serve as a multi-year roadmap to better protect kids and significantly reduce tobacco-related disease and death. The approach places nicotine, and the issue of addiction, at the center of the agency’s tobacco regulation efforts. The goal is to ensure that the FDA has the proper scientific and regulatory foundation to efficiently and effectively implement the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act. To make certain that the FDA is striking an appropriate balance between regulation and encouraging development of innovative tobacco products that may be less dangerous than cigarettes, the agency is also providing targeted relief on some timelines described in the May 2016 final rule that extended the FDA’s authority to additional tobacco products. The agency will also seek input on critical public health issues such as the role of flavors in tobread more »

Verifying Schedules of Deposits in NRRS

28 Jul 2017 | U.S. News

FI-3324, Verifying Schedules of Deposits in NRRS(FOR State and County Offices) DATE POSTED: 2017-07-28 DATE EFFECTIVE: 2017-07-28 STATUS: CURRENTread more »

Required Updates to 2016 Acreage Reports

28 Jul 2017 | U.S. News

CP-738, Required Updates to 2016 Acreage Reports(FOR State and County Offices) DATE POSTED: 2017-07-28 DATE EFFECTIVE: 2017-07-28 STATUS: CURRENTread more »

AGCO to Acquire Precision Planting from The Climate Corporation

26 Jul 2017 | U.S. News

AGCO, Your Agriculture Company, (NYSE:AGCO), a worldwide manufacturer and distributor of agricultural equipment and The Climate Corporation, a subsidiary of Monsanto Company (NYSE:MON), announced today that a definitive agreement has been signed for AGCO to acquire the Precision Planting LLC equipment business.

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Hy-Vee, Inc. Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Soy in Hy-Vee Brand Pizzas

26 Jul 2017 | U.S. News

Hy-Vee, Inc. based in West Des Moines, Iowa, is voluntarily recalling eight Hy-Vee brand pizzas that were sold at its six Minneapolis-area stores because they may contain undeclared soy. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to soy run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products.read more »

FDA Investigates Multiple Salmonella Outbreak Strains Linked to Papayas

25 Jul 2017 | U.S. News

Please find more information about the Outbreak of Salmonellosis Linked to Papaya here:read more »

The Idaho Foodbank Recalls Coconut Beverage, Broccoli Cheddar Soup, Eggs, and Cheese Product Because Of Possible Health Risk

21 Jul 2017 | U.S. News

The Idaho Foodbank is recalling approximately 27,000 pounds of Coconut Beverage, Broccoli Cheddar Soup, Eggs, and Cheese Product. These products are being recalled because they were not continuously maintained or stored at the required temperature due to a malfunction in the cooler. This could result in contamination by spoilage organisms or pathogens, which could lead to life-threatening illness if consumed.read more »

Bhu Foods Voluntarily Recalls Protein Bars for Possible Health Risk

21 Jul 2017 | U.S. News

Hudson Valley Foods, Inc. of Highland, NY has advised Bhu Foods of San Diego, CA that organic sunflower seeds sold to the company have been recalled. As a result of a recall of sunflower seeds from Hudson Valley Foods, Inc.,Bhu Foods’ supplier of organic sunflower seeds, advised Bhu Foods that ingredients sold to the company have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.read more »

FDA clears first neonatal magnetic resonance imaging device

20 Jul 2017 | U.S. News

Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration cleared the first magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) device specifically for neonatal brain and head imaging in neonatal intensive care units (NICU).read more »

Statement from FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D., on the Funding Awards to States for FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Implementation

19 Jul 2017 | U.S. News

More than 3,000 Americans are estimated to die each year from foodborne illnesses and many more are hospitalized and sickened. Yet most of these illnesses and deaths are preventable. While the U.S. has one of the safest food supplies in the world, Congress entrusted the FDA with new authorities and resources – as part of the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) – to update and strengthen the FDA’s risk-based approach to the oversight of food safety.read more »

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