[Federal Register: August 11, 2005 (Volume 70, Number 154)]
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Food Safety and Inspection Service

[Docket No. 05-006N]

Codex Alimentarius Commission: Meeting of the Codex Committee on 
Nutrition and Foods for Special Dietary Uses

AGENCY: Office of the Under Secretary for Food Safety, USDA.

ACTION: Notice of public meeting and request for comments.


SUMMARY: The Office of the Under Secretary for Food Safety, United 
States 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 October 18, 2005. The 
objective of the public meeting is to provide information and receive 
public comments on agenda items and draft U.S. positions that will be 
discussed at the 27th Session of the Codex Committee on Nutrition and 
Foods for Special Dietary Uses (CCNFSDU) of the Codex Alimentarius 
Commission (Codex), which will be held in Bonn, Germany, November 21-
25, 2005. The Under Secretary for Food Safety and FDA recognize the 
importance of providing interested parties the opportunity to obtain 
background information on the 27th Session of CCNFSDU and to address 
items on the agenda.

DATES: The public meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, October 18, 2005, 
from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

ADDRESSES: The public meeting will be held in the Auditorium (1A003), 
Food and Drug Administration, Harvey Wiley Federal Building, 5100 Paint 
Branch Parkway, College Park, MD. Parking is adjacent to this building, 
and the College Park metro station is across the street. Documents 
related to the 27th Session of the CCNFSDU will be accessible via the 
World Wide Web at the following address: http://www.codexalimentarius.net/current.asp

    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-ROMs, and hand-or 
courier-delivered items: Send to the FSIS Docket Clerk, U.S. Department 
of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service, 300 12th Street, 
SW., Room 102, Cotton Annex, Washington, DC 20250. All comments 
received must include the Agency name and docket number 05-006N. All 
comments submitted in response to this notice, 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/regulations/2005_Notices_Index/

    In addition to submitting comments by mail to the above address, 
the U.S. Delegate to the CCNFSDU, Dr. Barbara Schneeman of the Food and 
Drug Administration, invites U.S. interested parties to submit their 
comments electronically to the following e-mail address 
    Pre-Registration: To gain admittance to this meeting, individuals 
must present a photo ID for identification and also are required to 
pre-register. In addition, no cameras or videotaping equipment will be 
permitted in the meeting room. To pre-register, please send the 
following information to this e-mail address nancy.crane@cfsan.fda.gov 
by October 11, 2005:

--Your Name.
--Mailing Address.
--Phone number.
--E-mail address.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: About the 27th session of the CCNFSDU: 
Nancy Crane, Assistant to the U.S. Delegate to the CCNFSDU, Office of 
Nutritional Products, Labeling and Dietary Supplements, Center for Food 
Safety and Applied Nutrition, FDA, 5100 Paint Branch Parkway (HFS-800), 
College Park, MD 20740, phone: (301) 436-1450, Fax: (301) 436-2636. E-
mail: nancy.crane@cfsan.fda.gov. About the public meeting: Ellen 
Matten, International Issues Analyst, U.S. Codex Office, Food Safety 
and Inspection Service, Room 4861, South Building, 1400 Independence 
Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20250, phone: (202) 205-7760, Fax: (202) 



    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 
encouraging 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.
    CCNFSDU was established to study specific nutritional problems 
assigned to it by the Commission and advise the Commission on general 
nutritional issues; to draft general provisions as appropriate, 
concerning the nutritional aspects of all foods; to develop standards, 
guidelines or related texts for foods for special dietary uses, in 
cooperation with other committees when necessary; and to consider, 
amend if necessary, and endorse provisions on nutritional aspects 
proposed for inclusion in Codex standards, guidelines and related 
texts. The CCNFSDU is hosted by the Federal Republic of Germany.

Issues To Be Discussed at the Public Meeting

    The following items on the Agenda for the 27th Session of the 
Committee will be discussed during the public meeting:
     Matters referred to the Committee from other Codex bodies.
     Guidelines for Use of Nutrition Claims: Draft Table of 
Conditions for Nutrient Contents: (Part B, containing provisions on 
Dietary Fibre).
     Discussion Paper on the Proposals for Additional or 
Revised Nutrient Reference Values for Labelling Purposes.
     Draft Revised Standard for Processed Cereal-Based Foods 
for Infants and Young Children.

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     Draft Revised Standard for Infant Formula and Formulas for 
Special Medical Purposes Intended for Infants:

    Section A: Draft Revised Standard for Infant Formula Proposals of 
the Working Group for the Section on Food Additives;
    Section B: Formulas for Special Medical Purposes Intended for 

     Advisory List of Nutrient Compounds for Use in Foods for 
Special Dietary Uses Intended for the Use by Infants and Young 
     Proposed Draft Recommendations on the Scientific Basis of 
Health Claims.
     Discussion Paper on the Application of Risk Analysis to 
the Work of the CCNFSDU.
    Each issue listed will be fully described in documents distributed, 
or to be distributed, by the German Secretariat prior to the meeting. 
Members of the public may access or request copies of these documents 
at: http://www.codexalimentarius.net/current.asp.

Public Meeting

    At the October 18th public meeting, draft U.S. positions on the 
agenda items will be described, discussed, and attendees will have the 
opportunity to pose questions and offer comments. Written comments may 
be offered at the meeting or sent to the U.S. Delegate for the 27th 
Session of CCNFSDU, Dr. Barbara Schneeman (see ADDRESSES). Written 
comments should state that they relate to activities of the 27th 
Session of the CCNFSDU.

Additional Public Information

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development is important. Consequently, in an effort to ensure that the 
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    Done at Washington, DC on August 8, 2005.
F. Edward Scarbrough,
U.S. Manager for Codex Alimentarius.
[FR Doc. 05-15913 Filed 8-10-05; 8:45 am]