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TDA F&N Realigning for Greater Service to You!

The Community Operations section of TDA’s Food and Nutrition Division will undergo an intense period of training and realignment. For program year 2019, TDA is seeking a waiver of the 2 or 3 year review cycle as applicable for contracting entities (CE) operating the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), the requirement to conduct 33.3% of all active CACFP CEs and an extension to close 2018 and 2019 CACFP and 2018 Summer Food Service reviews past 90 days from the exit conference to ensure the success of this training program and realignment process.

ESSA: Seizing a $1.1 Billion Opportunity: Take 3 steps to secure funding for HPE in your school

Congress recently allocated $1.1 billion for Title IV, Part A of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) for the upcoming school year, which means the time is NOW to make your funding request for your school district.

Koch Foods Inc. Recalls Beef Products Due to Possible Foreign Matter Contamination

Koch Foods, Inc., a Fairfield, Ohio establishment, is recalling approximately 119,480 pounds of beef rib-shaped patty products that may be contaminated with extraneous materials, specifically thin blue plastic pieces, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced April 11. While USDA Foods bulk beef may have been used to make this product, the extraneous material (plastic) in the product occurred during production at Establishment M20795.

Pilgrim's Pride Corporation Recalls Ready-to-Eat Chicken Products due to Possible Foreign Matter Contamination

Pilgrim’s Pride Corp., a Waco, Texas establishment, is recalling approximately 101,310 pounds of ready-to-eat breaded chicken patties that may be contaminated with extraneous materials, specifically rubber. This is a commercial foods recall NOT a USDA foods recall. Bulk USDA items were provided to this vendor for further processing into commercial food items some of which may have been purchased by school districts/institutions in Texas.

USDA Foods Recall: National Frozen Foods Corporation Frozen Green Beans

National Frozen Foods Corporation (NFFC) is conducting a voluntary recall of a limited selection of IQF Not-Ready-To Eat vegetable products due to the potential for contamination with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.

RECALL: Swift Beef Company Recalls Beef Stew Products Due to Possible Foreign Matter Contamination

Swift Beef Co., doing business as JBS USA Food Company, a Cactus, Texas establishment, is recalling approximately 4,702 pounds of beef stew product that may be contaminated with foreign matter , specifically plastic and metal.

School Garden Sweepstakes Will Award Cash for Gardens

The Get Out and Grow School Garden Sweepstakes will award one school $15,000 to use for a school garden project. This Gold award also includes a visit from a Team USA athlete. Silver and Bronze recognition levels also will offer cash for gardens to more schools. The sweepstakes is open to school administrators or food service directors of eligible K-12 schools.

Requesting Free Carry-over Pounds

For CEs participating in further processing of USDA Foods, CEs may request free carry-over pounds

SECURITY NOTICE

Please read this notification of a malicious ransomware attack that may have impacted Texas schools.

Ongoing Harvey Relief Efforts

Texas Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition has created a Web page with important information for schools as they provide food and shelter to residents in areas affected by Hurricane Harvey.

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

Mail:
U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410

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