February Food and Agriculture Regulatory Recap

OFW’s Food & Agriculture team regularly monitors announcements and policy issuances from FDA, USDA, and other agencies to keep our clients apprised of regulatory developments that may impact their business. Here are a few of the developments from February that we took note of. If you have any questions or would like more information, please do not hesitate to reach out to us.

U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

  • On February 17, 2022, FDA announced they were investigating consumer complaints relating to the presence of pathogens in Similac, Alimentu, and EleCare, all produced by Abbott Nutrition’s Sturgis, Michigan facility. FDA, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state and local partners warned consumers to avoid purchasing or using certain infant formula and Abbott issued a voluntary recall of these products.

United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)

  • FSIS continued to work on Salmonella reduction in poultry and expanded efforts to raw pork. FSIS hosted the Third Industry Virtual Roundtable: “Salmonella in Poultry: Research Science” as part of several key activities to gather data and information necessary to support future action and move closer to the Healthy People 20230 goal of a 25% reduction in Salmonella illnesses. FSIS also published a notice and request for comments on proposed pathogen reduction performance standards for Salmonella in raw comminuted pork and raw intact or non-intact pork cuts.


  • The U.S. is seeing an increase in the price of grain, specifically wheat, as a result of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Russia and Ukraine together produce nearly a quarter of the world’s wheat and the distributions will threaten international shipments of wheat which will spur shortages and likely push prices of the crop high.

  • CDC is reporting decreasing rates and spread of COVID-19. As a result, states and localities are seen loosening measures related to COVID-19. OFW Law as been following the impact of the food and agriculture sectors and will continue to do so. Please contact us if you have questions.


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