[Federal Register Volume 76, Number 19 (Friday, January 28, 2011)]
[Pages 5130-5131]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2011-1916]

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Food Safety and Inspection Service

[Docket No. FSIS-2010-0042]

Codex Alimentarius Commission: Meeting of the Codex Committee on 
Fat and Oils

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, U.S. 
Department of Agriculture (USDA), and the U.S. Food and Drug 
Administration (FDA) are sponsoring a public meeting on February 9, 
2011. The objective of the public meeting is to provide information and 
receive public comments on agenda items and draft United States (U.S.) 
positions that will be discussed at the 22nd session of the Codex 
Committee on Fats and Oils (CCFO) of the Codex Alimentarius Commission 
(Codex), which will be held in Penang, Malaysia, February 21-25, 2011. 
The Under Secretary for Food Safety and the FDA recognize the 
importance of providing interested parties the opportunity to obtain 
background information on the 22nd session of the CCFO and to address 
items on the agenda.

DATES: The public meeting is scheduled for February 9, 2011, from 1:30-
4 p.m.

ADDRESSES: The public meeting will be held at FDA, Harvey W. Wiley 
Building, Auditorium (1A003), 5100 Paint Branch Parkway, College Park, 
MD 20740. Documents related to the 22nd session of the CCFO will be 
accessible via the World Wide Web at the following address: http://www.codexalimentarius.net/current.asp.
    Martin Stutsman, U.S. Delegate to the 22nd Session of the CCFO, and 
the FDA, invite U.S. interested parties to submit their comments 
electronically to the following e-mail address: 
    Call-In Number:
    If you wish to participate in the public meeting for the 22nd 
session of the CCFO by conference call, please use the following call-
in number and participant code listed below:
    Call-in Number: 1-866-859-5767
    Participant Code: 2225276

For Further Information About the 22nd Session of the CCFO Contact: 
Martin Stutsman, J.D., Office of Food Safety (HFS-317) Center for Food 
Safety and Applied Nutrition, FDA, 5100 Paint Branch Parkway, College 
Park, Maryland 20740, phone: (301) 436-1642, fax: (301) 436-2651, e-
mail: Martin.Stutsman@fda.hhs.gov.

For Further Information About the Public Meeting Contact:  Marie 
Maratos, U.S. Codex Office, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., Room 4861, 
Washington, DC 20250, phone: (202) 690-4795, mobile: (202) 412-7901, 
fax: (202) 720-3157, e-mail: Marie.Maratos@fsis.usda.gov.



    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 CCFO is responsible for elaborating worldwide standards for 
fats and oils of animal, vegetable, and marine origin, including 
margarine and olive oil.
    The Committee is hosted by Malaysia.

Issues To Be Discussed at the Public Meeting

    The following items on the agenda for the 22nd Session of the CCFO 
will be discussed during the public meeting:

 Matters referred by Codex and other Committees
 Draft Amendment to the Standard for Named Vegetable Oils: 
Inclusion of Palm Kernel Olein and Palm Kernel Stearin
 Code of Practice for the Storage and Transport of Edible Fats 
and Oils in Bulk
    (a) Draft Criteria to Assess the Acceptability of Substances for 
Inclusion in a list of Acceptable Previous Cargoes
    (b) Draft List of Acceptable Previous Cargoes
    (c) Proposed Draft List of Acceptable Previous Cargoes
 Proposed Draft Amendment to the Standard for Olive Oils and 
Olive Pomace Oils: Linolenic Acid Level
 Proposal to Amend the Standard for Olive Oils and Olive Pomace 
Oils: Content of Delta--7- stigmastenol
 Proposal for New Work on a Standard for Fish Oils
 Proposal to Amend the Standard for Named Vegetable Oils: 
Sunflower Seed Oils

    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 copies of these documents (see ADDRESSES).

Public Meeting

    At the February 9, 2011, 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 22nd Session of the CCFO--Martin Stutsman (see ADDRESSES). Written 
comments should state that they relate to activities of the 22nd 
Session of the CCFO.

USDA Nondiscrimination Statement

    USDA prohibits discrimination in all its programs and activities on 
the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, 
disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, and marital or 
family status. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.)
    Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for 
communication of program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, 
etc.) should contact USDA's Target Center at 202-720-2600 (voice and 
    To file a written complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Office 
of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, 
SW., Washington, DC 20250-9410 or call

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202-720-5964 (voice and TTY). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and 

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/regulations_&_policies/Federal_Register_Notices/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 FSIS policies, procedures, regulations, Federal 
Register notices, FSIS public meetings, 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. 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_&_Events/Email_Subscription/.
    Options range from recalls, export information, regulations, 
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    Done at Washington, DC on January 24, 2011.
Karen Stuck,
U.S. Manager for Codex Alimentarius.
[FR Doc. 2011-1916 Filed 1-27-11; 8:45 am]