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FDA Reorganizes; Now It Needs To Re-Energize by Dick Groves

Bird Flu Detected In Dairy Herd In 12th State; USDA Issues Michigan Findings

Input Sought On Requests To Alter Northeast Shipping Percentages

GUEST COLUMNISTS:Cheese Growth Begets WCMA Growth by John Umhoefer, WCMA

Eau Galle Expanding Production To
Wheel Into Retail Market

PREVIOUS COLUMNS: The Problem With Property (Insurance) by Jen Pino-Gallagher, M3 Insurance

Fight Back Against the Raw Milk Fringe
by Rebekah Sweeney, WCMA

Sustainability: The Producer's Prospective - Part 2, by Ty Rohloff, Compeer Financial

Is Your Business Continuity Plan Missing A Key Ingredient
by Jim Brunker, M3 Insurance

How To Demonstrate Food Safety Culture, by Brandis Wasvick, Blue Compass Compliance

Sharing Your Message: Communicating To Employees About The COVID-19 Vaccine, Jeff Christensen, Director of Communication
M3 Insurance

Cheese Makers, Cheese Marketers Discuss How To Manage the Pandemic by Dan Strongin

Boots On The Ground
by Jim Cisler

As FSMA Takes Full Effect, Partnership Opportunities Abound To Improve Food Safety Practices by Larry Bell and Jim Mueller


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FDA Proposes To Exempt Certain Cottage Cheese Products From Traceability Rule

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today released a proposed rule that would exempt certain cottage cheese products from the requirements of the agency’s Food Traceability Rule.

In November 2022, FDA published a final rule entitled “Requirements for Additional Traceability Records for Certain Foods,” better known as the Food Traceability Rule, which established additional recordkeeping requirements for persons who manufacture, process, pack, or hold foods the agency has designated for inclusion on the Food Traceability List (FTL). The FTL includes numerous cheeses, other than hard cheeses, including fresh soft or soft unripened cheeses such as cottage cheese; soft ripened or semi-soft cheeses; and cheese other than hard cheese.

In the preamble to the final rule, FDA announced its intention to consider initiating a process under the new regulation to determine whether to exempt cottage cheese regulated under the Grade “A” Pasteurized Milk Ordinance (PMO) from the requirements of the Food Traceability Rule.

As contemplated in that preamble, FDA is initiating a process to determine whether it would be appropriate to exempt Grade “A” cottage cheese that appears on the Interstate Milk Shippers (IMS) List (“IMS listed Grade ‘A’ cottage cheese”) from the requirements of the Food Traceability Rule. FDA regulations state that the agency will exempt a food or type of entity from the requirements of the Food Traceability Rule when it determines that application of the requirements that would otherwise apply to the food or type of entity is not necessary to protect the public health.

While cottage cheese is currently covered by the Food Traceability Rule because it is included on the FTL, FDA said it recognizes that much of the cottage cheese produced in the US is regulated through the National Conference on Interstate Milk Shipments (NCIMS), a cooperative program among the US Public Health Service (USPHS), FDA, the states, and the dairy industry, with the objective of promoting the availability of a high quality milk supply. FDA and NCIMS have together developed a cooperative, federal-state program (the IMS program) to ensure the sanitary

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