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The latest news from our FDA, State and Associate affiliates is presented on this page. (Updated May 1, 2014)

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John "Jack" Baghott (1918 - 2014)

WAFDO and AFDO recently lost a long time member and supporter with the passing of John "Jack" Baghott of Lakewood died on May 12, 2014.

John was a Colorado native and attended college at Colorado A&M, now known as Colorado State University, in Fort Collins, CO. John played football while attending A&M and majored in Dairy Science. As many young men did during the time, John served as a member of the Navy during World War II. After the war he began his career with the Colorado Department of Health as a dairy inspector. John spent his professional career with the Colorado Department of Health in a variety of roles and positions beginning with dairy inspector and retiring in 1988 after spending nine years as the Director of the Consumer Protection Division.

John served as Colorado’s voting delegate to the National Conference of Interstate Milk Shippers (NCIMS) for approximately 25 years during his career with the Consumer Protection Division in addition to his support of AFDO and WAFDO. He was awarded the Orlen J. Wiemann Award, named after his former boss and friend, in 1990 for his service to WAFDO.

He is survived by his wife, Lorraine; daughters, Debi (Greg) Kuhn and Jan (Jay) Soneff; and grandchildren, Jay and Jackie Soneff. John was buried at Ft. Logan National Cemetery, Denver, CO.

Joel Ortiz unexpectedly passed

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Joel turned 47 on April 10th, 2014. On April 11th, he was found on the family farm by a friend delivering hay. His death was sudden and completely unexpected. Joel served on the Food and Retail Food Committees, regularly attending the Annual Educational Meetings, and presented at the Conference.

Joel has been with Whole Food for the past 7 years where he developed and supported food safety initiatives and programs at the retail stores, processing facilities for on board small and regional suppliers. Previously he worked for HEB supporting food safety programs by auditing and providing food safety training to the stores and employees. He also previously worked for the Texas Department of State Health Services where he supported food safety programs by auditing and providing food safety training to the stores and employees. He was their standardization and training officer. He was a graduate from the University of Texas at San Antonio with a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Biology.

He will be missed. There is a fundraiser for an college expenses for his two children. WAFDO contributed $200 to this fund. See more at where you may also make individual contributions:

http://www.youcaring.com/tuition-fundraiser/support-and-honor-joel-ortiz-s-family/165882#sthash.Ipcr7GHY.dpuf

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San Francisco District Loses Dedicated Employee

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SAN-DO recently lost a dedicated and highly-regarded member of its “family,”   Dr. Ralph J. Kalinowski, Supervisory Microbiologist. Ralph’s allegiance to the Agency was unprecedented. Arriving at work at 4:30AM, he finished his administrative and technical duties before others started their day; he was then able to spend time coaching, guiding and mentoring – the part of his job that held the most meaning for him.  Ralph was more than a supervisor, he was a friend and mentor, and personally touched the lives of his colleagues.

With a span of 48 years of federal service, Dr. Kalinowski began his FDA journey after receiving his Doctorate from the University of Oregon Medical School.  He spent the first five years in motion – Seattle, Buffalo, and Detroit – before landing at the San Francisco District Laboratory.

He served as supervisor in the Microbiology Section for more than 20 years. He retired earlier this year, but did not get a chance to enjoy his time.      Dr. Kalinowski died in January.

Good-bye to SAN’s long-time faithful and dedicated employee; thank you for your contribution to the public health mission!

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AFDO Scholarship Award

In 1981, AFDO established a scholarship fund with the excess funds from the 75th Anniversary of the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act celebration. The “George M. Burditt Scholarship” and the “Betsy B. Woodward Scholarship”, both in the amount of $1,500 each will be awarded annually to a worthy recipient who is in their third year of college.

A third scholarship, the "Denise C. Rooney Scholarship," worth $1,500 was created in June 2008 and will also be awarded annually.

The following qualifications and conditions have been established for the award recipients:

The recipients should have demonstrated a desire to serve in a career of research, regulatory work, quality control, or teaching in an area related to some aspect of foods, drugs or consumer product safety; should have demonstrated leadership capabilities; and must have at least a 3.0 grade point average during the first two years of undergraduate study.

To apply, in addition to completing an application, an official and complete college transcript must be submitted along with letters of recommendation from two faculty members. Applications must be submitted by February 1st to be considered for the current year’s award. Use this link to download an application form.

Claudia Codes
Washington Department of Agriculture
WAFDO Liason with AFDO

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Alaska

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California

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California - University of California, Davis

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Colorado

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FDA

FSMA Public Meeting: Proposed Rule to Establish Current Good Manufacturing Practice and Hazard Analysis and Risk-Based Preventive Controls for Food for Animals – Sacramento, CA

FSMA Public Meeting
December 6, 2013
8:30 am - 2:30 pm
John E. Moss Federal Bldg.
Stanford Room
650 Capitol Mall
Sacramento, CA 95814

The purpose of this public meeting is to discuss the proposed rule to establish current good manufacturing practice and to require hazard analysis and risk based preventive controls for food for animals. This proposed rule is one of several proposed rules that will establish the foundation of, and central framework for, the modern food safety system envisioned by Congress in the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).

The meeting is also designed to solicit oral stakeholder and public comments on the proposed rules, inform the public about the rulemaking process (including how to submit comments, data and other information to the rulemaking dockets), and respond to questions about the proposed rules.

For general questions about the meeting, for assistance to register for the meeting, to request an opportunity to make an oral presentation, or to request special accommodations due to a disability, contact: Aleta Sindelar, 7519 Standish Place, RM 133, Rockville, MD 20855; Phone 240-276-9230; Fax 240-276-9241; or Email aleta.sindelar@fda.hhs.gov.
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FDA to complete phase-out of chlorofluorocarbon inhalers
FDA will complete its phase-out of all inhaler medical products containing chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) by Dec. 31, 2013. This effort is to comply with an international treaty to protect the ozone layer by phasing out the worldwide production of numerous substances, including CFCs, which contribute to ozone depletion.  While most inhaler products containing CFCs have already been phased out by the FDA, two products currently remain on the market: Combivent Inhalation Aerosol and Maxair Autohaler. However, these products will no longer be available after the end of this year. People with asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) who use these inhalers should talk to their health care professional about a prescription for an alternative treatment.
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FDA has taken two important actions on drug shortages.  The Agency is releasing a strategic plan called for in the Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act (FDASIA) of 2012 to improve the agency’s response to imminent or existing shortages, and for longer term approaches for addressing the underlying causes of drug shortages. The plan also highlights opportunities for drug manufacturers and others to prevent drug shortages by promoting and sustaining quality manufacturing.  FDA also issued a proposed rule requiring all manufacturers of certain medically important prescription drugs to notify the FDA of a permanent discontinuance or a temporary interruption of manufacturing likely to disrupt their supply. The rule also extends this requirement to manufacturers of medically important biologic products. The proposed rule implements the expanded early notification requirements included in FDASIA products.

Submitted by:

Mary Ellen Taylor
Public Affairs Specialist
Food and Drug Administration
San Francisco District Office
Alameda, California

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Idaho

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Nevada

NEVADA STATE REPORT – PORTLAND 2013      

The 2013 State Legislature, in an ongoing attempt to streamline state government in Nevada, combined the public and behavioral health programs into one entity and the new Division name is now the Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health.  Our name changed too, we are now the Environmental Health Section (EHS) under the umbrella of Rural and Community Health Services (RCHS). 

In the past couple of years I have briefed you with updates on how Nevada’s regulatory structure is organized.  Nevada continues to be divided into four regulatory jurisdictions, Southern Nevada Health District in the South that encompasses Las Vegas, Washoe County District Health Department in the far west central part of the state that encompasses Reno, Carson City Health Department in Carson City proper, and the rest of the state, for now, is the jurisdiction of the Division of Public and Behavioral Health.  I have also made predictions that this pattern of jurisdictional responsibility might be changing.  To update you, Washoe County has received a grant to explore taking over 7 rural counties in the northern most part of the state thereby combining public health services over which they would be the administrators.  Carson City will, in January of 2014, take over Douglas County which sits adjacent to them.  We will lose $123,000 in county assessments from Douglas County and approximately $180,000 in revenue from permit fees.  There are 874 permitted facilities in Douglas County that will no longer be under state regulatory control. 

We are starting the second fiscal year as an agency that no longer is dependent on state general funds.  We collect, by billing quarterly assessments, $592,000 from the 17 counties in which we perform environmental health duties.  Again, that will go down to 16 counties in January of 2014.  Our permit fees remain frozen and have not increased since 2007.  The split is 70% fees paid by regulated facilities and 30% county assessment.

Our staff continues to endure a 2.5% across the board salary reduction in the form of increased contributions to the retirement fund in addition to 6 forced furlough days per year and an increase in insurance rates of  30+%.  Salaries will remain frozen until July of 2014 when we welcome the return of merit pay increases. 

EHS  has hired two Elko field office positions and one position in Ely. We also have been able to hire two new MFRPS employees in Carson City along with a part time administrative assistant to help out there. 

New EHS related or potentially EHS related programs in our state include cottage foods, farm to fork, medical marijuana in food products, and deregulated craft distilleries.  All these programs came out of the 2013 legislative session. 

A bill that would have allowed the sale of raw milk in Nevada made it all the way through the legislative process but was vetoed by the Governor.

Nevada is slowly but surely climbing out of the great recession with employment numbers increasing and the housing market rebounding state-wide.  Gaming revenues state-wide are up.  The northern part of the state remains economically stable thanks to gold mining and the state of Nevada in and of itself remains one of the world’s leading producers of gold.  Gold prices are on the decline though and this could devastate the economy in the north. 

We have made huge progress on our Manufactured Food Regulatory Program Standards.  We attended the MFRPS meeting in St. Louis.  Our self assessment has been updated along with our strategic plan and our contract inspections were again completed timely and completely.  We have, for the last three years, completed 100% of our manufactured food contract inspections for the FDA and in FY13, exceeded the number of contract inspections and visits in the contract. 

We had one outbreak in 2013 thus far.  It appears to have been noro virus and affected some 23 people who were visiting UNR and were in close quarters in the dormitory environment.  We completed nearly 100% of all mandated inspections within their statutory time frames in fiscal year 2013.  Due to the inability to hire and several staffing losses we did not do as well as previous years so we are happy to report this improvement. 

We remain enrolled in and committed to the retail food regulatory program standards. The Nevada Food Defense workgroup, whose mission it is to satisfy the requirements under standard 5 for both the retail and manufactured standards has reactivated and is working together statewide.  The Nevada Food Safety Partnership created two years ago now has some 135 facilities or individuals enrolled and the quarterly newsletters continue to be sent out to those stake holders.

Our draft food code, largely based on content from the 2005 and 2009 FDA Model Food Codes is still under legislative review.  It remains at the Legislative Counsel Bureau and is without any scheduling for review by the State Board of Health. 

Burning Man is upon us.  We are gearing up for another busy year on the playa and hope to do as well with our inspection numbers of permitted food establishments as we did last year.  Our friend Bob Herr, who previously worked in Washoe County, is a burner with a cause that we believe is very beneficial.  Bob volunteered last year to teach food safety on the playa to some of the larger theme camps.  We hope he can do the same this year.   This will be my 12th year on the playa.  As you may remember from last year I’m calling it “Cindy’s Dusty Dozen.” 

Richard Elloyan successfully passed standardization with John Marcello this past spring.  Thank you John for your assistance to us in getting that accomplished.  For the first time ever, Nevada has two FDA state standards.  Three of our staff successfully took and passed their national REHS exams thereby making them eligible for standardization.  This will be done this fiscal year.  One other staff member was re-standardized, so there are only two other staff who are currently eligible for standardization but not scheduled.   

Cindy Ulch
Nevada State Health Division
475 W. Haskell Street
Winnemucca, Nevada 89445
Phone: 775-623-6591
Fax: 775-623-6592
culch@health.nv.gov

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NW Food processors Association

NWFPA is offering a new membership opportunity as shown in the following announcement. We have made our Associate Member category free to all food processing companies of one million dollar or less in gross annual sales. The reason we did this is to help these very small processors learn how their larger brethren handle issues like food safety and other issues they may not have much expertise in. We hope this will help them avoid mishaps and grow into large vibrant businesses.

Connie Kirby
Vice President, Scientific and Technical Affairs
Northwest Food Processors Association

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Announcement

Northwest Food Processors Association Announces Associate Member Category for Small Food Processing Businesses

Northwest Food Processors Association (NWFPA), the region’s strongest advocate and resource for food processors, just announced a “non-dues” membership category for small food manufacturing businesses.

Food processors with $1 million or less in gross annual sales can become Associate Members of NWFPA for free and receive members-only discounts on select events, education and training products, along with a number of other benefits. The Associate Member category will have some limitations, including no voting rights or access to the association’s valued issue managers.

“The association's primary purpose is to strengthen the competitiveness of the Northwest food processing industry,” said NWFPA board chair Mark Dunn of J.R. Simplot Company. “By making basic membership services readily available to even the smallest processors, the overall industry becomes stronger through greater food safety knowledge and a more robust processor network.”

To spread the word about this new program, NWFPA plans to reach out to smaller, family-owned food processing companies through its broad network of public and private entities that currently support local small businesses, and to promote it at the 100th Annual NW Food Processors Expo & Conference January 12 – 14, 2014 at the Oregon Convention Center.

Food processors interested in becoming a member of NWFPA can find more information and download an application from the membership section of the association’s web site, www.nwfpa.org/membership.

CONTACT: 
Tawnia Linde, Membership Development Manager
503-327-2200
tlinde@nwfpa.org          

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Oregon

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Washington

Animal Feed Regulatory Program Standards

The draft Animal Feed Regulatory Program Standards (draft feed standards) are available for review.  To receive a copy of the draft feed standards, send an email request to
OP-ORA@fda.hhs.gov.

The draft feed standards establish a uniform foundation for the design and management of State programs responsible for the regulation of animal feed.  Through implementing the draft feed standards, a State program will be better able to achieve and maintain programmatic improvements that help ensure the safety and integrity of the U.S. animal feed supply.  A State’s implementation of the draft feed standards also helps to ensure a uniform and consistent approach to feed regulation among jurisdictions such as the sharing of information and the coordination of resources.

Submitted by
Ali Kashani
Washington Department of Agriculture

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