[Federal Register: January 30, 2001 (Volume 66, Number 20)]
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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
Food Safety and Inspection Service
[Docket No. 01-001N]
Codex Alimentarius Commission: Thirty-Third Session of the Codex
Committee on Food Additives and Contaminants
AGENCY: Office of the Under Secretary for Food Safety, USDA.
ACTION: Notice of public meeting, request for comments.
SUMMARY: The Office of the Under Secretary for Food Safety, U.S.
Department of Agriculture (USDA), and the Food and Drug Administration
(FDA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), are
sponsoring a public meeting on Tuesday, February 13, 2001. The purpose
of the meeting is to provide information and receive public comments on
agenda items that will be discussed at the Codex Committee on Food
Additives and Contaminants (CCFAC), which will be held in The Hague,
The Netherlands, on March 12-16, 2001. The Under Secretary and FDA
recognize the importance of providing interested parties the
opportunity to obtain background information on the Thirty-third
Session of the CCFAC and to address items on the agenda.
DATES: The public meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, February 13, 2001,
from 10 a.m. to 12 noon.
ADDRESSES: The public meeting will be held in Room 1409, Federal Office
Building 8, Food and Drug Administration, 200 C Street, SW.,
Washington, DC 20204. Reference documents will be available for review
in the FSIS Docket Room, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food Safety
and Inspection Service, Room 102 Cotton Annex, 300 12th Street, SW.,
Washington, DC 20250-3700. The documents will also be accessible via
the world wide web at the following address: http://www.fao.org/
waicent/faoinfo/ECONOMIC/esn/codex/ccfac33/fa01--01e.htm. Submit one
original and two copies of written comments to the FSIS Docket Room at
the address above and reference docket number 01-001N. All comments
submitted in response to this notice will be available for public
inspection in the FSIS Docket Room between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.,
Monday through Friday.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Patrick J. Clerkin, Associate U.S.
Manager for Codex, U.S. Codex Office, Food Safety and Inspection
Service, Room 4861 South Agriculture Building, 1400 Independence Avenue
SW., Washington, DC 20250. Telephone (202) 205-7760; Fax: (202) 720-
3157. If you plan to attend the meeting, please contact Angela Evans,
Office of Pre-market Approval, FDA by fax (202) 418-3131 or e-mail
(firstname.lastname@example.org). Persons requiring a sign language
interpreter or other special accommodations should notify Mr. Patrick
Clerkin at the above number.
The Codex Alimentarius Commission (Codex) was established in 1962
by two United Nations organizations, the Food and Agriculture
Organization (FAO) and the World Health Organization (WHO). Codex is
the major international organization for protecting the health and
economic interests of consumers and encouraging fair international
trade in food. Through adoption of food standards, codes of practice,
and other guidelines developed by its committees, and by promoting
their adoption and implementation by governments, Codex seeks to ensure
that the world's food supply is sound, wholesome, free from
adulteration, and correctly labeled.
The CCFAC establishes or endorses maximum or guideline levels for
individual food additives, for contaminants (including environmental
contaminants) and for naturally occurring toxicants in foodstuffs and
animal feeds. In addition, the Committee prepares priority lists of
food additives and contaminants for toxicological evaluation by the
Joint FAO/WHO Expert Committee on Food Additives (JECFA); recommends
specifications of identity and purity for food additives for adoption
by the Commission; considers methods of analysis for their
determination in food; and considers and elaborates standards or codes
for related subjects such as the labelling of food additives when sold
as such, and food irradiation. The Committee is chaired by The
These provisional agenda items will be discussed during the public
1. Adoption of the Agenda.
2. Matters Referred from other Codex Committees.
3. Summary Reports of the 55th and 56th Meetings of the Joint FAO/
WHO Expert Committee on Food Additives.
4. Action Required as a Result of Changes in ADI Status and other
5. Discussion Paper on the Application of Risk Analysis Principles
for Food Additives and Contaminants.
1. Endorsement and/or Revision of Maximum Levels for Food Additives
in Codex Standards.
2. Consideration of the Codex General Standard for Food Additives
(a) Discussion Paper on the Relationship Between Codex Commodity
Standards and the Further Development of the GSFA.
(b) Comments on the Food Category System of the GSFA.
(c) Revised Table 1, including Benzoates, of the Codex General
Standard for Food Additives.
(d) Comments on the Use of Food Additives as Carriers.
3. Discussion Paper on Processing Aids.
4. (a) Proposed Draft Revision to the Codex General Standard for
(b) Proposed Draft Revision to the Recommended International Code
of Practice for the Operation of Irradiation Facilities Used for the
Treatment of Foods.
5. Specifications for the Identity and Purity of Food Additives
Arising from the 55th JECFA.
6. Proposed Amendments to the International Numbering System,
including Technological Functions and Functional Classes/Sub-Classes.
1. Endorsement and/or Revision of Maximum Levels for Contaminants
in Codex Standards.
2. Codex General Standard for Contaminants and Toxins in Foods
(a) Comments on the Agreed Position of the Codex Committee on
Pesticide Residues on Setting Extraneous Maximum Residue Limits
(b) Schedule 1 of the Proposed Draft Codex General Standard for
Contaminants and Toxins in Foods.
(c) Comments on the Methodology and Principles for Exposure
Assessment in the Codex General Standard for Contaminants and Toxins in
(d) Comments on the Technical Annex on Distribution Curves of
Contaminants in Food Products.
3. Mycotoxins in Food and Feed.
(a) Comments on the Draft Maximum Level for Aflatoxin M1
(b) Proposed Revisions to the Sampling Plan for Aflatoxins in raw
(c) Comments on the Proposed Draft Maximum Level for Ochratoxin A
in Cereals and Cereal Products.
(d) Proposed Draft Code of Practice for the Prevention of Patulin
Contamination in Apple Juice and Apple Juice Ingredients in Other
(e) Proposed Draft Code of Practice for the Prevention of Mycotoxin
Contamination in Cereals, Including Annexes on Ochratoxin A,
Zearalenone and Fumonisin.
4. Industrial and Environmental Contaminants in Foods.
(a) Comments on the Draft Code of Practice for Source Directed
Measures to Reduce Contamination of Food with Chemicals.
(b) Standard Format for Codes of Practice.
(c) Comments on Draft Maximum Levels for Lead.
(d) Comments on the Draft Guideline Level and Proposed Draft
Maximum Levels for Cadmium.
(e) Position Paper on Dioxins and Dioxin-Like PCBs.
(f) Proposed Draft Code of Practice for Source Directed Measures to
Reduce Dioxin Contamination of Foods.
(g) Position Paper on Chloropropanols.
1. Priority List of Food Additives, Contaminants and Naturally
Occurring Toxicants Proposed for Evaluation by JECFA.
2. Other Business and Future Work.
(a) Comments on Methods of Analysis for the Determination of Food
Additives and Contaminants in Foods.
(b) Comments on the Draft Revision to the Codex Standard for Food
Grade Salt: Packaging, Transportation and Storage.
Each issue listed will be fully described in documents distributed,
or to be distributed, by The Netherlands' Secretariat to the Meeting.
Members of the public may access or request copies of these documents
Additional Public Notification
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development is important. Consequently, in an effort to better ensure
that minorities, women, and persons with disabilities are aware of this
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Done at Washington, DC on: January 22, 2001.
F. Edward Scarbrough,
U.S. Manager for Codex Alimentarius.
[FR Doc. 01-2575 Filed 1-29-01; 8:45 am]
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