[Federal Register: January 30, 2006 (Volume 71, Number 19)]
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Food Safety and Inspection Service

[Docket No. FSIS-2005-0047]

Codex Alimentarius Commission: Meeting of the Codex Committee on 
Milk and Milk Products

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

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ACTION: Notice of public meeting and request for comments.


SUMMARY: The Office of the Under Secretary for Food Safety, U.S. 
Department of Agriculture (USDA), the Agricultural Marketing Service 
(AMS), USDA, and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), U.S. 
Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), are sponsoring a public 
meeting on March 14, 2006. The objective of the public meeting is to 
provide information and receive public comments on agenda items and 
draft United States positions that will be discussed at the Seventh 
Session of the Codex Committee on Milk and Milk Products (CCMMP) of the 
Codex Alimentarius Commission (Codex), which will be held in 
Queenstown, New Zealand, March 27-April 1, 2006. The Under Secretary 
for Food Safety, AMS and FDA recognize the importance of providing 
interested parties the opportunity to obtain background information on 
the 7th Session of CCMMP and to address items on the agenda.

DATES: The public meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, March 14, 2006 from 
9 a.m. to 12 noon.

ADDRESSES: The public meeting will be held in Room 2504, South 
Agriculture Building, USDA, 14th Street and Independence Avenue, SW., 
Washington, DC 20250. Documents related to the 7th Session of the CCMMP 
will be accessible via the World Wide Web at the following address: 

    FSIS invites interested persons to submit comments on this notice. 
Comments may be submitted by any of the following methods:
    Federal eRulemaking Portal: This Web site provides the ability to 
type short comments directly into the comment field on this Web page or 
attach a file for lengthier comments. FSIS prefers to receive comments 
through the Federal eRulemaking Portal. Go to http://www.regulations.gov
 and, in the ``Search for Open Regulations'' box, 

select ``Food Safety and Inspection Service'' from the agency drop-down 
menu, then click on ``Submit.'' In the Docket ID column, select the 
FDMS Docket Number FSIS-2005-0047 to submit or view public comments and 
to view supporting and related materials available electronically.
    Mail, including floppy disks or CD-ROM's, and hand- or courier-
delivered items: Send to Docket Clerk, U.S. Department of Agriculture, 
Food Safety and Inspection Service, 300 12th Street, SW., Room 102, 
Cotton Annex Building, Washington, DC 20250-3700.
    Electronic mail: fsis.regulationscomments@fsis.usda.gov.
    All submissions received must include the Agency name and docket 
number FSIS-2005-0047.
    All comments submitted in response to this notice, as well as 
research and background information used by FSIS in developing this 
document, will be posted to the regulations.gov Web site. The 
background information and comments also 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.
    In addition, the U.S. Delegate to the CCMMP, Mr. Duane Spomer of 
AMS, 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 (susan.sausville@usda.gov) 
by March 13, 2006:

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

For Further Information About the 7th Session of the CCMMP Contact: 
Susan Sausville, Assistant to the U.S. Delegate to the CCMMP, Chief 
Dairy Standardization Branch, AMS, USDA, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., 
Room 2746, South Building, Washington, DC 20250, Phone: (202) 720-7473, 
Fax: (202) 720-2643. E-mail: susan.sausville@usda.gov.

For Further Information About the Public Meeting Contact: Amjad Ali, 
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) 



    The Codex Alimentarius (Codex) was established in 1963 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.
    The Codex Committee on Milk and Milk Products was established to 
elaborate codes, guidelines, standards and related texts for Milk and 
Milk Products. The committee is hosted by New Zealand.

Issues To Be Discussed at the Public Meeting

    The following items on the Agenda for the 7th Session of the 
Committee will be discussed during the public meeting:
     Matters referred to the Committee from other Codex bodies.
     Review of the Proposed Draft and Draft Revised Standards: 
Dairy Spreads; Processed Cheese; Individual Cheeses; and Whey Cheeses.
     Proposed Standards for Products in Which Milkfat is 
Substituted for by Vegetable Fat.
     Model Export Certificate for Milk Products.
     Specific Food Additive Listings for the Codex Standard for 
Fermented Milk Products.
     Discussion Papers on new work on Fermented Milk Drinks, 
Naming of Non Standardized Dairy Products, and on an Amendment to the 
List of Additives Included in the Codex Standard for Creams and 
Prepared Creams.
    Each issue listed will be fully described in documents distributed, 
or to be distributed, by the New Zealand Secretariat prior to the 
Meeting. Members of the public may access or request copies of these 
documents (see ADDRESSES).

Public Meeting

    At the March 14th 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 7th 
Session of CCMMP, Mr. Duane Spomer, (see ADDRESSES). Written comments 
should state that they relate to activities of the 7th Session of the 

Additional Information

    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

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disabilities are aware of this notice, FSIS will announce it on-line 
through the FSIS web page located at http://www.fsis.usda.gov/regulations/2005_Notices_Index/index.asp

    FSIS also will make copies of this Federal Register publication 
available through the FSIS Constituent Update, which is used to provide 
information regarding SSIS policies, procedures, regulations, Federal 
Register notices, FSIS public meeting, recalls, and other types of 
information that could affect or would be of interest to our 
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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 is available on the FSIS Web page. Through 
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much broader, more diverse audience.
    In addition, FSIS offers an e-mail subscription service which 
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for subscription options across eight categories.
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    Done at Washington, DC on January 24, 2006.
F. Edward Scarbrough,
U.S. Manager for Codex Alimentarius.
 [FR Doc. E6-1091 Filed 1-27-06; 8:45 am]