[Federal Register: October 30, 2007 (Volume 72, Number 209)]
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Food Safety and Inspection Service

[Docket No. FSIS-2007-0040]

Codex Alimentarius Commission: Meeting of the 8th Session of the 
Codex Committee on Milk and Milk Products (CCMMP)

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 and the 
Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) of the U.S. Department of 
Agriculture (USDA) are sponsoring a public meeting on January 17, 2008. 
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 8th 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, 
February 4-8, 2008. The Under Secretary for Food Safety and the AMS 
recognize the importance of providing interested parties the 
opportunity to obtain background information on the 8th Session of the 
CCMMP and to address items on the agenda.

DATES: The public meeting is scheduled for Thursday, January 17, 2008, 
from 9 a.m. to 12 noon.

ADDRESSES: The public meeting will be held in Room 3074, South 
Agriculture Building, U.S. Department of Agriculture, 14th St. and 
Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20250. Documents related to 
the 8th Session of the CCMMP will be accessible via the World Wide Web 
at the following address: http://www.codexalimentarius.net/current.asp.

    The U.S. Delegate to the 8th Session of the CCMMP, Duane R. Spomer, 
AMS, invites interested U.S. parties to submit their comments 
electronically to the following e-mail address 

Susan Sausville, Chief, AMS, Dairy Standardization; Telephone: (202) 
720-9382; Fax: (202) 720-2643.

Ali, International Issues Analyst; Telephone: (202) 205-7760; Fax: 
(202) 720-3157.



    The Codex Alimentarius (Codex) was established in 1963 by two 
United Nations organizations, the Food and Agriculture Organization and 
the World Health Organization. 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 protect the health of consumers and ensure that fair 
practices are used in trade.
    The CCMMP was established to elaborate codes and standards for milk 
and milk products. The CCMMP is hosted by the Government of New 

Issues To Be Discussed at the Public Meeting

    The following items on the Agenda for the 8th Session of the CCMMP 
will be discussed during the public meeting:
    1. Matters Referred by the Codex Alimentarius Commission and other 
Codex Committees and Task Forces.
    2. Draft Model Export Certificate for Milk and Milk Products.
    3. Proposed Draft Amendment to the Codex Standard for Fermented 
Milks pertaining to Composite Fermented Milk Drinks.
    4. Proposed Draft Standard for Processed Cheese.
    5. Proposed Draft Amendment to the List of Additives of the Codex 
Standard for Creams and Prepared Creams.
    6. Additive Listings for the Codex Standard for Fermented Milks 
(Flavored Fermented Milks.)
    7. Discussion Paper on Sampling Plans for Milk Products in the 
Presence of Significant Measurement Errors.
    Each issue listed will be fully described in documents distributed, 
or to be distributed, by the Secretariat prior to the meeting. Members 
of the public may access or request copies of these documents (see 

Public Meeting

    At the January 17, 2008, public meeting, draft U.S. positions on 
the agenda items will be described and 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 8th Session of the CCMMP, Duane R. Spomer (see ADDRESSES). Written 
comments should state that they relate to activities of the 8th Session 
of the CCMMP.

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 online through the FSIS Web page located 
at http://www.fsis.usda.gov/regulations/2007_Notices_Index. FSIS 

will also 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, 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 groups, 
consumer interest groups, health professionals, and other individuals 
who have asked to be included. The Update is also available on the FSIS 
Web page. Through Listserv and the Web page, FSIS is able to provide 
information to a much broader and more diverse audience. In addition, 
FSIS offers an electronic 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/.
 Options range from recalls to 

export information to regulations, directives and notices. Customers 
can add or delete subscriptions themselves, and have the

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    Done at Washington, DC, on: October 24, 2007.
F. Edward Scarbrough,
U.S. Manager for Codex Alimentarius.
[FR Doc. E7-21315 Filed 10-29-07; 8:45 am]