Congressional and Public Affairs
WASHINGTON, December 29, 2004 - The Office of the Under Secretary for Food Safety, U.S. Department
of Agriculture and the Food and Drug Administration of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, today announced
a public meeting to provide information and receive comments on agenda items to be discussed at the 33rd Session of the
Codex Committee on Food Labeling (CCFL) in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia, May 9-13, 2005.
The public meeting will be held on Wednesday, January 19, 2005, from 1-4 p.m., in Room 1A-003 of the Harvey W. Wiley
Federal Building, 5100 Paint Branch Parkway, College Park, Md. Among the agenda items to be discussed are: Proposed
Draft Guidelines for the Labeling of Foods Obtained Through Certain Techniques of Genetic Modification/Genetic Engineering;
Country of Origin Labeling; Discussion Paper on Advertising and a Proposed Draft Amendment to the General Standard for the
Labeling of Prepackaged Foods. A complete agenda for the meeting can be found at
Codex was created in 1962 by two United Nations organizations, the Food and Agriculture Organization and the World Health
Organization. Codex develops food standards, guidelines and codes of practice in order to protect the health of consumers,
ensure fair practices in the food trade and promote coordination of food standards undertaken by international governmental
and non-governmental organizations.
At the January 19, 2005, public meeting, attendees will have the opportunity to pose questions and offer comments on the above
For information concerning public meeting or for a sign language interpreter contact Ellen Matten, International Issues Analyst,
U.S. Codex Office, FSIS, at (202) 205-7760.