[Federal Register: August 1, 2006 (Volume 71, Number 147)]
[Notices]               
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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Food Safety and Inspection Service

[Docket No. FSIS-2006-0021]

 
Codex Alimentarius Commission: 23rd Session of the Codex 
Committee on Processed Fruits and Vegetables

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

ACTION: Notice of public meeting, request for comments.

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SUMMARY: The Office of the Under Secretary for Food Safety, United 
States Department of Agriculture (USDA), and the Agricultural Marketing 
Service (AMS) are sponsoring a public meeting on September 7, 2006 to 
provide draft U.S. positions and receive public comments on agenda 
items that will be discussed at the 23rd Session of the Codex Committee 
on Processed Fruits and Vegetables (CCPFV) of the Codex Alimentarius 
Commission (Codex), which will be held in Arlington, VA, on October 16-
21, 2006. The Under Secretary and AMS recognize the

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importance of providing interested parties the opportunity to comment 
on the agenda items that will be debated at this forthcoming Session of 
the CCPFV.

DATES: The public meeting is scheduled for Thursday, September 7, 2006, 
from 10 a.m. to 12 noon.

ADDRESSES: The public meeting will be held in Room 3074, USDA, South 
Agriculture Building, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC. 
Documents related to the 23rd Session of the CCPFV will be accessible 
via the World Wide Web at the following address: http://www.codexalimentarius.net/current.asp
.

    The Food Safety and Inspection Service (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. 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-2006-0021 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 FSIS Docket Room, Docket Clerk, USDA, FSIS, 
300 12th Street, SW., Room 102, Cotton Annex Building, Washington, DC 
20250.
    Electronic mail: fsis.regulationscomments@fsis.usda.gov. All 
submissions received must include the Agency name and docket number 
FSIS-2006-0021.
    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.

    For Further Information About the 23rd Session of the CCPFV 
Contact: U.S. Delegate, Dorian Lafond, International Standards 
Coordinator, Fruit and Vegetable Division, Agricultural Marketing 
Service, USDA, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20250, 
Phone: (202) 690-4944, Fax: (202) 720-0016, E-mail: 
Dorian.Lafond@usda.gov.


    For Further Information About The Public Meeting Contact: Ellen 
Matten, International Issues Analyst, U.S. Codex Office, USDA, FSIS, 
Room 4861, South Building, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, 
DC 20250, Phone: (202) 205-7760, Fax: (202) 720-3157. E-mail: 
ellen.matten@fsis.usda.gov.


SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

Background

    The Codex Alimentarius Commission (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 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. In the United States, USDA, the 
Food and Drug Administration, and the Environmental Protection Agency 
manage and carry out U.S. Codex activities.
    The Codex Committee on Processed Fruits and Vegetables elaborates 
world wide standards for various processed fruits and vegetables 
including certain dried and canned products. This committee does not 
cover standards for fruit and vegetable juices. The Commission has also 
allocated to this Committee the work of revision of standards for quick 
frozen fruits and vegetables. The Committee is chaired by the United 
States of America.

Issues To Be Discussed at the Public Meeting

    The following items on the agenda for the 23rd Session of CCPFV 
will be discussed during the public meeting:
     Matters referred to the Committee from other Codex bodies.
     Proposed Layout for Codex Standards for Processed Fruits 
and Vegetables.
     Draft Codex Standard for Pickled Fruits and Vegetables.
     Draft Codex Standard for Processed Tomato Concentrates.
     Draft Codex Standard for Preserved (Canned) Tomatoes.
     Draft Codex Standard for Certain Canned Citrus Fruits.
     Proposed draft Codex Standard for Certain Canned 
Vegetables (including provisions for packing media).
     Proposed Draft Standard for Jams, Jellies, and Marmalades.
     Proposals for Amendments to the Priority List for the 
Standardization of Processed Fruits and Vegetables.
     Methods of Analysis and Sampling for Processed Fruits and 
Vegetables.
    Each issue listed will be fully described in documents distributed, 
or to be distributed, by the United States Secretariat to the Meeting. 
Members of the public may access or request copies of these documents 
via the World Wide Web at the following address: http://www.codexalimentarius.net/current.asp
.


Public Meeting

    At the September 7, 2006 public meeting, draft U.S. positions on 
these 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 23rd Session of CCPFV, Dorian Lafond (see For Further Information 
About The 23rd Session Of The CCPFV Contact). Written comments should 
state that they relate to activities of the 23rd Session of the CCPFV.

Additional Public Notification

    Public awareness of all segments of rulemaking and policy 
development is important. Consequently, in an effort to ensure that 
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/regulations/2006_Notices_Index/. 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 constituents 
and stakeholders. The update is communicated via Listserv, a free 
electronic mail subscription service for industry, trade and farm 
groups, consumer interest groups, allied health professionals and other 
individuals who have asked to be included. The update is available on 
the FSIS Web page. Through the Listserv and Web page, FSIS is able to 
provide information to a much broader and more diverse audience. In 
addition, FSIS offers an e-mail subscription service which provides 
automatic and customized access to selected food safety news and 
information. This service is available at http://www.fsis.usda.gov/news_and_events/email_subscription/
.


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    Done at Washington, DC, on: July 27, 2006.
F. Edward Scarbrough,
U.S. Manager for Codex Alimentarius.
 [FR Doc. E6-12337 Filed 7-31-06; 8:45 am]

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