[Federal Register: September 29, 2004 (Volume 69, Number 188)]
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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
Food Safety and Inspection Service
[Docket No. 04-030N]
Codex Alimentarius: Meeting of the Codex Committee on Residues of
Veterinary Drugs in Foods
AGENCY: Food Safety and Inspection Service, USDA.
ACTION: Notice of public meeting and request for comments.
SUMMARY: This notice informs the public that the Office of the Under
Secretary for Food Safety, United States Department of Agriculture
(USDA), and the Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM), Food and Drug
Administration (FDA), are sponsoring a public meeting on Tuesday,
September 28, 2004, to provide information and receive public comments
on agenda items that will be discussed at the Fifteenth Session of the
Codex Committee on Residues in Veterinary Drugs in Foods, which will be
held in Alexandria, VA, October 26-29, 2004. The Under Secretary and
CVM recognize the importance of providing interested parties with
information about the Codex Committee on Residues of Veterinary Drugs
in Foods of the Codex Alimentarius Commission and to address items on
the Agenda for the 15th Session of the Committee.
DATES: The public meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, September 28 from
10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
ADDRESSES: The public meeting will be held at the Best Western
Washington Gateway Hotel, 1251 West Montgomery Avenue, Rockville, MD.,
20850 (Main Ballroom). (The Hotel will provide shuttle service from the
Rockville Metro Stop to the Hotel at 9:30 a.m.)
FSIS invites interested persons to submit comments on this notice.
Comments may be submitted by any of the following methods:
Mail, including floppy disks or CD-ROM's, and hand- or courier-
delivered items: Send to Docket Clerk, USDA, FSIS, 300 12th Street,
SW., Room 102 Cotton Annex, Washington, DC, 20250.
All submissions received must include the Agency name and docket
All comments submitted in response to this notice, as well as
research and background information used by FSIS in developing this
document, will be available for public inspection in the FSIS Docket
Room at the address listed above between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.,
Monday through Friday. The comments also will be posted on the Agency's
Web site at http://www.fsis.usda.gov/OPPDE/rdad/FRDockets.htm.
Research and background information will also be accessible via the
World Wide Web at the following address: http://www.codexalimentarius.net
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Edith E. Kennard, Staff Officer, U.S.
Codex Office, FSIS, Room 4861, South Building, 1400 Independence Avenue
SW., Washington, DC, 20250, Phone: (202) 720-5261, Fax: (202) 720-3157,
The Codex Alimentarius Commission 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 facilitating fair international trade in
food and protecting the health and economic interests of consumers.
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. In the United States, USDA, FDA, and the
Environmental Protection Agency manage and carry out U.S. Codex
The Codex Committee on Residues of Veterinary Drugs in Foods was
established in 1985 by the 16th Session of the Codex Alimentarius
Commission to determine priorities for the consideration of residues of
veterinary drugs in foods and to recommend maximum levels of such
substances; to develop codes of practice as may be required; and to
consider methods of sampling and analysis for the determination of
veterinary drug residues in foods. The Committee is chaired by the
Issues To Be Discussed at the Public Meeting
Provisional agenda items:
1. Draft Maximum Residue Limits (MRLs) for Veterinary Drugs
(Flumequine, neomycin, dicyclanil, carbodox, melengestrol acetate and
trichlorforn (metrifonate), phoxim, cyalothrin, and cefuroxime).
2. Proposed Draft Maximum Residue Limits for Veterinary Drugs
(Cypermethrin, alpha-cypermethrin, imidocarb, flumequine, pirlimycin,
cypermethrin/alpha cypermethrin, doramectin, and ractopamine).
3. Proposed Draft Code of Practice to Minimize and Contain
4. Proposed Draft Revised Guidelines for the Establishment of a
Regulatory Program for the Control of Veterinary Drug Residues in
5. Proposed Draft Revised Part II ``General Consideration on
Analytical Methods for Residue Control'' of the Codex Guidelines for
the Establishment of a Regulatory Program for the Control of Veterinary
Drug Residues in Foods.
6. Discussion Paper on Risk Management Methodologies, Including
Risk Assessment Policies, in the Codex Committee of Veterinary Drugs in
7. Review of Performance-based Criteria for Methods of Analysis.
8. Consideration of the Priority List of Veterinary Drugs Requiring
Evaluation or Re-evaluation.
9. Discussion Paper on Rounding of Acceptable Daily Intakes for
Veterinary Drugs prior to Setting of MRLs.
At the September 28th public meeting, the agenda items will be
described and discussed, and the U.S. draft positions will be
presented. Attendees will have the opportunity to pose questions and
offer comments. Comments may be sent to the FSIS Docket Room (see
ADDRESSES). Written comments should state that they relate to
activities of the Codex Committee on Residues of Veterinary Drugs in
Foods (CCRVDF) (04-030N).
Additional Public Notification
Public awareness of all segments of rulemaking and policy
development is important. Consequently, in an effort to ensure that the
public and in particular minorities, women, and persons with
disabilities, are aware of this notice, FSIS will announce it on-line
through the FSIS Web page located at http://www.fsis.usda.gov.
FSIS also will make copies of this Federal Register publication
available through the FSIS Constituent Update, which is used to provide
information regarding FSIS policies, procedures, regulations, Federal
Register notices, FSIS public meetings, recalls, and other types of
information that could affect or would be of interest to our
constituents and stakeholders. The update is communicated via Listserv,
a free e-mail subscription service consisting of industry, trade, and
farm groups, consumer interest groups, allied health professionals,
scientific professionals, and other individuals who have requested to
be included. The update also is available on the FSIS Web page. Through
Listserv and the Web page, FSIS is able to provide information to a
much broader, more diverse audience.
Done at Washington, DC on September 23, 2004.
F. Edward Scarbrough,
U.S. Manager for Codex Alimentarius.
[FR Doc. 04-21774 Filed 9-28-04; 8:45 am]