Reaching a Comprehensive and Long-Term Deal on Iran’s Nuclear Program

Weekly Address: Reaching a Comprehensive and Long-Term Deal on Iran’s Nuclear ProgramIn this week’s address, the President described the historic understanding the United States — with our allies and partners — reached with Iran, which, if fully implemented, will prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon and will make our country, our allies, and our world safer.The deal, announced on Thursday, meets ourcoreobjectives of cutting off every pathway that Iran could take to develop a nuclear weapon. It is both comprehensive and long-term, and includes robust and intrusive inspections of the country’s nuclear program. The President reiterated that the deal is not yet done — and if there is backsliding from Iran in the months to come, there will be no deal.He echoed his belief that a diplomatic resolution is by far the best option, and promised to continue to fully brief Congress and the American people on the substance and progress of the negotiations in the months to come.Watch the President’s Weekly Address here.

Watch President Obama's address here.

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Dedicating the Edward M. Kennedy InstituteOn Monday, the President, Vice President, and First Lady traveled to Boston to celebrate the opening of the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate.Find out more about the Edward M. Kennedy Institute.Calling Sen. Kennedy a friend to whom he owed a lot, President Obama delivered a speech paying tribute to the late Senator’s accomplishments. The President also acknowledged the many ways in which the Institute would impact future generations and carry on Sen. Kennedy’s legacy.READ MORE

Granting Commutations to 22 Individuals

On Tuesday, President Obama granted 22 commutations to individuals serving time in federal prison. The President’s action underscores his commitment to bring increased fairness and equality to our justice system. Had these people been sentenced under current laws and policies, many of them would have already served their time. However, they were convicted under outdated sentencing and served more years than would be required under current law.

In addition to granting commutation, the President also penned a letter to each individual to encourage them to make good choices moving forward:

Learn more about the 22 commutations.


Promoting Innovative Job-Training Programs

President Obama traveled to Louisville, Kentucky on Thursday to discuss how high-quality job-training programs are critical to the growth of our nation’s economy. In fact, more than half a million current job openings are in the tech industry. While in Louisville, the President toured InDatus, a technology company that supports innovative job-training programs.

Watch the President's remarks in Louisville.


This week also marked the fifth anniversary of our West Wing Week video series — check out the special birthday edition here!

FDA/USDA ~~ Alerts & Safety April 2015


04/03/2015 04:46 PM EDT Henry’s Farm Inc. of Woodford, VA is recalling all packages of soybean sprouts because they may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections to individuals with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.
04/02/2015 05:06 PM EDT  Raja Foods of Maspeth, NY is recalling its 14 ounce packages of “SWAD Cumin Powder 14 oz” because they may contain undeclared peanuts. People who have allergies to peanut run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products.


Updated information is now available. A list of retail consignees has been posted for recall 044-2015, Grand Papa’s Inc. Recalls Fried Pork Skin Products Produced Without Benefit of Inspection (March 13, 2015).

04/02/2015 08:49 PM EDT

The North Carolina Board of Pharmacy has ordered a recall for all lots of non-sterile and sterile products compounded, repackaged and distributed by Prescription Center Pharmacy located at 915 Hay Street, Fayetteville, NC, between September 10, 2014, and March 10, 2015.

04/01/2015 06:59 PM EDT Due to receiving a recall notice from its organic spinach supplier because of possible Listeria monocytogenes exposure, La Terra Fina is expanding its voluntarily recall to include one lot of its 10-ounce Chunky Spinach Artichoke & Parmesan Dip & Spread as outlined in the chart below. This action is being taken out of an abundance of caution due to this product having been manufactured on the same production equipment on the same day as the Organic Spinach Dip.


Updated information is now available. A list of retail consignees has been posted for recall 049-2015, Van Lang Foods Recalls Pork And Chicken Products Due To Misbranding And Undeclared Allergen (Mar 20, 2015).


Updated information is now available. A list of retail consignees has been posted for recall 055-2015, Lebanese Butcher Slaughter, Inc. Recalls Beef, Goat, and Lamb Products Due To Misbranding and Being Produced Without Benefit of Full Inspection (April 2, 2015).

USDA, with Cornell University and the Food Marketing Institute, has released the FoodKeeper, an app to help consumers maintain food safety while minimizing food waste. The application is available for Android and Apple devices.  To make our digital content available anytime, anywhere, FSIS offers several apps. Information is available on the FSIS website.

Updated information is now available. A list of retail consignees has been posted for recall 017-2015, Pennsylvania Firm Recalls Pork Products Imported Without Benefit of Inspection (January 21, 2015).

Robber’s Roost Jerky Recalls Beef and Pork Jerky Product Due to Possible Listeria Contamination
Robber’s Roost Jerky, an Ellensburg, Wash., establishment, is recalling approximately 4 pounds of ready-to-eat smoked beef and pork pepper stick jerky product that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

03/31/2015 05:59 PM EDT Hannaford Supermarkets is alerting customers of a product recall. Nature’s Place Roasted Unsalted Mixed Nuts and Nature’s Place Cranberry Mix have been recalled due to potential salmonella contamination.
03/31/2015 05:56 PM EDT
Aurora Products, Inc. is expanding its voluntary nationwide recall of certain lots of NATURAL WALNUTS and TRAIL MIXES CONTAINING WALNUTS, to include one additional Private Label branded customer and to clarify the name of two products previously recalled. Products are being recalled because they have the potential to contain Salmonella which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.




World Health Day 2015

Food safety is a global issue and this year the World Health Organization is focusing on food safety for World Health Day (April 7). Everyone, everywhere, needs safe food that is free from microbes, viruses and chemicals. But globalization means the food you are eating today may have come from the other side of the world, so the food safety controls that we have in the United States are a part of a global food safety effort.World Health Day Image showing a family eating a meal with veggies, fruit, and meat

What can you do to join in this effort to make food safety a consistent part of the global health conversation?

  • ALWAYS use the 4 Steps to food Safety: Clean, Separate, Cook, & Chill when preparing food
  • VOTE for the FUNKY CHICKEN advertisement in the Ad Councils Matchup #2 for the MarchAdNess Campaign. Our Ad is in the Elite 8 and the farther we go in the bracket the better the chance we have at reaching more people with our food safety advice, warnings, and messages that help to prevent food borne illness.
  • Check out this video from the World Health Organization that explains the role we all play in making food safe – from farm to plate.
  • Spread the Word about food safety, share our message on your social media channels and use tags #foodsafety and #safefood.

Look for our blogs this coming week with more details about what you can do to help keep our food safe