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first_img The FDA has extended the public comment period on the prior notice interim final rule through July 13, Dr. Lester M. Crawford, acting FDA commissioner, told the health subcommittee Jun 25. The final rule will be published in March 2005. Historically, the FDA inspected less than 1% of imports. That percentage has doubled. FDA inspectors conducted 78,659 examinations of imported food shipments in fiscal year 2003, according to Herndon. The number far exceeded the agency’s goal of 48,000 field inspections for the year and was more than six times the 12,000 inspections conducted in fiscal 2001. Food importers give the new rules mixed reviews. “What we initially thought was 450,000, we’re thinking is more likely 250,000,” Herndon said. It’s also likely that some companies aren’t aware they need to register or that they don’t believe the rules apply to them. The notices allow agency officials to judge which shipments need inspection. The food security rules are jointly enforced by the FDA and the Bureau of Customs and Border Protection. Despite increased inspections, few shipments have been detained. Since the prior-notice law took effect in December 2003, FDA and customs inspectors have detained 12 shipments because of concerns about food contamination or filth. None of the shipments was found to be a threat to people or animals, Herndon said. Importers must register with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and provide 2 to 8 hours’ notice of food shipments. The FDA has been receiving advance notice of about 150,000 shipments each week, according to the agency’s compliance summary information. About 99.3% of those notices are completed on time, a marked improvement from earlier this year, Michael Herndon, a public affairs specialist with the FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, told CIDRAP News yesterday. “We’re going back now and examining to make sure the prior-notice information is accurate,” Herndon added. Stout also asked that the FDA eliminate requirements that food and beverage companies track lot or production codes for each retail product. If the food supply is threatened, Stout said, companies and retailers remove all the suspect products from shelves. The new system has led to more targeted inspections and prompted some criticism from the food industry. But as with a student’s homework assignment, filling in the blanks doesn’t always mean giving a right answer. Although most notices are complete, the information isn’t always accurate. “While FDA made many improvements to the proposed regulations, there is still room for more, especially with concern to prior notice and record keeping,” said Susan Stout, vice president of federal affairs for the Grocery Manufacturers of America, in congressional testimony Jun 25. Addressing the Health Subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, she requested that the FDA provide feedback on incomplete notices. Registration remains a stumbling block. By Jun 24, only 208,277 foreign and domestic companies had registered with the FDA. By some FDA estimates, twice that many businesses need to register; others say the estimates have been adjusted. Herndon said Jun 29 that the FDA continues to work with importers to educate them about registration and completing the prior-notice forms. The FDA went gently into the new rules by emphasizing education. Now regulators are moving toward the enforcement end of the spectrum. Jun 30 (CIDRAP News) – As federal agencies near the Aug 12 deadline for full enforcement of the food security provisions of the 2002 Bioterrorism Act, authorities say the food industry is getting better at following the new rules. Inspectors also have more sophisticated tools to target suspect imports. When companies notify the FDA that a shipment is arriving, agency employees can run that information through up to 100 checks, looking for red flags such as easily contaminated foods, specific countries of origin, or a product that matches other intelligence information, an FDA spokesman said. “Even though the bigger picture is to protect Americans from bioterrorism, we’re still not in the business of impeding commerce,” he said. Amy Becker is a full-time reporter at the St. Paul Pioneer Press and a freelance reporter for CIDRAP. She will enter the University of Minnesota’s graduate program in public health administration and policy in fall 2004.last_img read more

first_img Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco Acquired from the Blue Jays in a minor-league trade in July 2015, Locastro has learned the tricks of the trade without consulting Dodgers veteran Chase Utley (eighth on the all-time list with 204 HBPs) – things like “the chicken wing,” dropping your arm to protect your ribs – and can only recall being injured by a pitch once. How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire “It’s weird. It’s honestly the weirdest thing I’ve seen,” said Kyle Farmer, Locastro’s teammate at OKC and another September callup swelling the ranks in the Dodgers’ clubhouse. “It’s not like he crowds the plate.”Locastro acknowledges he doesn’t stand exceptionally close to the plate or go looking to get hit. But he doesn’t really avoid it either.“I’m closer to the plate than some people,” he said. “But if there’s a pitch inside, I’m not moving out of the way. If I can get on base, that’s my game. If I get on, I can steal and score.”Indeed. Locastro’s speed has produced 162 stolen bases in six seasons (including 18 in 20 tries for OKC this season) and 394 runs scored thanks to an on-base percentage of .376 buoyed by those HBP headstarts.Related Articlescenter_img Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season “One time in Rancho, I got hit in the hamstring flush and I continued to play on it for like two weeks,” Locastro said. “It sort of pooled up with blood and I couldn’t play for awhile.”Locastro does wear an elbow guard to prevent damage … to his mother’s peace of mind.“I wear the elbow guard now because of my mom,” he said. “Back home, she used to listen to it on the radio from Vancouver (the Blue Jays’ short-season Class-A affiliate) at night. When I’d get hit, she’d text me, ‘Are you all right?’ ‘Yeah, I’m all right.’ ‘Will you please wear an elbow guard?’“One of my buddies used to say if you wear something like that, that’s a sign of weakness so I didn’t wear anything. But now … it’s just dumb not to wear anything so I wear it now. Keeps you on the field.”Enough people have asked Locastro about his propensity for getting hit that he has learned some baseball history from it. He knows that Hughie Jennings holds the major-league record for being hit by a pitch 287 times during a career that ran from 1891 through 1918 and landed him in the Hall of Fame.And Locastro knows something else about Jennings.“Somebody was talking about it so I looked him up,” Locastro said. “He went to Cornell University and I went to Ithaca and they’re in the same city.“So I’m a reincarnated Hughie.”Farmer shakes his head at this.“Some weirdos from upstate New York,” he teased. “Must be something in the water.”URIAS RETURNSFor the first time since May 20, 2017, left-hander Julio Urias faced major-league hitters Saturday. The 22-year-old left-hander retired the side in order in the ninth inning of his first big-league game since undergoing major shoulder surgery.“I was encouraged,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “I loved the fastball command and the delivery looked really good. The velocity was fine. It was good. … really encouraging.”Urias will not pitch on back-to-back days. But Roberts said he could see action during the series against the Colorado Rockies at home this week.“Now that we’ve seen it, he got that outing out of the way, I feel better about him going forward,” Roberts said. “He’s strong and healthy. I feel good about putting him in there, essentially in any spot. I really do.”UP NEXTRockies RHP Jon Gray (11-7, 4.80 ERA) at Dodgers LHP Hyun-Jin Ryu (4-3, 2.42 ERA), Monday, 7:15 p.m., SportsNet LA (where available) ST. LOUIS – Tim Locastro considers it a fair trade – a bruise for a base.“Anything to get on base,” the Dodgers prospect said. “That’s what my roommate in college used to say because I got hit a lot in college too – ‘OBP. That’s all you gotta worry about. OBP.’”Sign up for our Inside the Dodgers newsletter. Be the best Dodger fan you can be by getting daily intel on your favorite team. Subscribe here.Locastro has been turning HBP into OBP since the Toronto Blue Jays made him a 13th-round draft pick out of Ithaca College in 2013. He has been hit 154 times in six minor-league seasons (at least 25 in each of the past five) – and once in the majors since the Dodgers made him a September callup for the second year in a row.At Triple-A Oklahoma City this year, Locastro was hit by pitches three times in one game, at least once in five consecutive games and 17 times in a 23-game span of August. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

first_imgDonegal man Paul McCormack has brought his 9/11 exhibition around the world to commemorate those killed in the attack on the Twin Towers.The exhibition recently opened in Israel and the former New York police chief from the Twin Towns played a major part. Simply click to view. DDTV – DONEGAL PLAYS ITS PART AS 9/11 EXHIBITION ARRIVES IN ISRAEL was last modified: May 24th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:9/11donegalexhibitionIsraellast_img read more