[Federal Register Volume 76, Number 109 (Tuesday, June 7, 2011)]
[Notices]
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Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 109 / Tuesday, June 7, 2011 / 
Notices

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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Food Safety and Inspection Service

[Docket No. FSIS-2011-0001]


International Standard-Setting Activities

AGENCY: Office of Food Safety, USDA.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: This notice informs the public of the sanitary and 
phytosanitary standard-setting activities of the Codex Alimentarius 
Commission (Codex), in accordance with section 491 of the Trade 
Agreements Act of 1979, as amended, and the Uruguay Round Agreements 
Act, Public Law 103-465, 108 Stat. 4809. This notice also provides a 
list of other standard-setting activities of Codex, including commodity 
standards, guidelines, codes of practice, and revised texts. This 
notice, which covers the time periods from June 1, 2010, to May 31, 
2011, and June 1, 2011, to May 31, 2012, seeks comments on standards 
under consideration and recommendations for new standards.

ADDRESSES: Comments may be submitted by either 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. Follow the online instructions at that site for 
submitting comments.
     Mail, including diskettes or CD-ROMs and hand- or courier-
delivered items: Send to Docket Clerk, U.S. Department of Agriculture, 
Food Safety and Inspection Service, Room 2-2127, George Washington 
Carver Center, 5601 Sunnyside Avenue, Mailstop 5272, Beltsville, MD 
20705-5272.
    Instructions: All items submitted by mail or electronic mail must 
include the Agency name and docket number FSIS-2011-0001. Comments 
received in response to this docket will be made available for public 
inspection and posted without change, including any personal 
information, to http://www.regulations.gov.
    Docket: For access to comments received, go to the FSIS Docket Room 
at the address listed above between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday 
through Friday.
    Please state that your comments refer to Codex and, if your 
comments relate to specific Codex committees, please identify those 
committees in your comments and submit a copy of your comments to the 
delegate from that particular committee.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Karen Stuck, United States Manager for 
Codex, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of Food Safety, Room 
4861, South Agriculture Building, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., 
Washington, DC 20250-3700; phone: (202) 205-7760; fax: (202) 720-3157; 
e-mail: USCodex@fsis.usda.gov.
    For information pertaining to particular committees, the delegate 
of that committee may be contacted. (A complete list of U.S. delegates 
and alternate delegates can be found in Attachment 2 of this notice.) 
Documents pertaining to Codex and specific committee agendas are 
accessible via the World Wide Web at http://www.codexalimentarius.net/current.asp. The U.S. Codex Office also maintains a Web site at http://www.fsis.usda.gov/Regulations_&_Policies/Codex_Alimentarius/index.asp.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background

    The World Trade Organization (WTO) was established on January 1, 
1995, as the common international institutional framework for the 
conduct of trade relations among its members in matters related to the 
Uruguay Round Trade Agreements. The WTO is the successor organization 
to the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT). U.S. membership 
in the WTO was approved and the Uruguay Round Agreements Act was signed 
into law by the President on December 8, 1994. The Uruguay Round 
Agreements became effective, with respect to the United States, on 
January 1, 1995. Pursuant to section 491 of the Trade Agreements Act of 
1979, as amended, the President is required to designate an agency to 
be ``responsible for informing the public of the sanitary and 
phytosanitary (SPS) standard-setting activities of each international 
standard-setting organization.'' The main organizations are Codex, the 
World Organisation for Animal Health, and the International Plant 
Protection Convention. The President, pursuant to Proclamation No. 6780 
of March 23, 1995 (60 FR 15845), designated the U.S. Department of 
Agriculture as the agency responsible for informing the public of the 
SPS standard-setting activities of each international standard-setting 
organization. The Secretary of Agriculture has delegated to the Office 
of Food Safety the responsibility to inform the public of the SPS 
standard-setting activities of Codex. The Office of Food Safety has, in 
turn, assigned the responsibility for informing the public of the SPS 
standard-setting activities of Codex to the U.S. Codex Office.
    Codex was created in 1963 by two United Nations organizations, the 
Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Health 
Organization (WHO). Codex is the principal international organization 
for establishing standards for 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 protect the health of consumers, ensure 
fair practices in the food trade, and promote coordination of food 
standards work undertaken by international governmental and 
nongovernmental organizations. In the United States, U.S. Codex 
activities are managed and carried out by the United States Department 
of Agriculture (USDA); the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), 
Department of Health and Human Services (HHS); the National Oceanic and 
Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Department of Commerce (DOC); and 
the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
    As the agency responsible for informing the public of the SPS 
standard-setting activities of Codex, the Office of Food Safety 
publishes this notice in the Federal Register annually. Attachment 1 
(Sanitary and Phytosanitary Activities of Codex) sets forth the 
following information:

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    1. The SPS standards under consideration or planned for 
consideration; and
    2. For each SPS standard specified:
    a. A description of the consideration or planned consideration of 
the standard;
    b. Whether the United States is participating or plans to 
participate in the consideration of the standard;
    c. The agenda for United States participation, if any; and
    d. The agency responsible for representing the United States with 
respect to the standard.

To Obtain Copies of the Standards Listed in Attachment 1, Please 
Contact the Codex Delegate or the U.S. Codex Office

    This notice also solicits public comment on standards that are 
currently under consideration or planned for consideration and 
recommendations for new standards. The delegate, in conjunction with 
the responsible agency, will take the comments received into account in 
participating in the consideration of the standards and in proposing 
matters to be considered by Codex.
    The United States delegate will facilitate public participation in 
the United States Government's activities relating to Codex 
Alimentarius. The United States delegate will maintain a list of 
individuals, groups, and organizations that have expressed an interest 
in the activities of the Codex committees and will disseminate 
information regarding United States delegation activities to interested 
parties. This information will include the status of each agenda item; 
the United States Government's position or preliminary position on the 
agenda items; and the time and place of planning meetings and 
debriefing meetings following Codex committee sessions. In addition, 
the U.S. Codex Office makes much of the same information available 
through its Web page, http://www.fsis.usda.gov/Regulations_&_Policies/Codex_Alimentarius/index.asp. If you would like to access or 
receive information about specific committees, please visit the Web 
page or notify the appropriate U.S. delegate or the U.S. Codex Office, 
Room 4861, South Agriculture Building, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., 
Washington, DC 20250-3700 (uscodex@fsis.usda.gov).
    The information provided in Attachment 1 describes the status of 
Codex standard-setting activities by the Codex Committees for the time 
periods from June 1, 2010, to May 31, 2011, and June 1, 2011, to May 
31, 2012. Attachment 2 provides a list of U.S. Codex Officials 
(including U.S. delegates and alternate delegates). A list of 
forthcoming Codex sessions may be found at http://www.codexalimentarius.net/current.asp.

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 online 
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 that 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 and export information to regulations, directives, and 
notices. Customers can add or delete subscriptions themselves and have 
the option to password protect their accounts.

    Done at Washington, DC, on June 1, 2011.
Karen Stuck,
U.S. Manager for Codex Alimentarius.

Attachment 1

Sanitary and Phytosanitary Activities of Codex Alimentarius Commission 
and Executive Committee

    The Codex Alimentarius Commission will hold its Thirty Fourth 
Session July 4-9, 2011, in Geneva, Switzerland. At that time, it will 
consider standards, codes of practice, and related matters forwarded to 
the Commission by the general subject committees, commodity committees, 
and ad hoc Task Forces for adoption as Codex standards and guidance. 
The Commission will also consider the implementation status of the 
Codex Strategic Plan, the management of the Trust Fund for the 
Participation of Developing Countries and Countries in Transition in 
the Work of the Codex Alimentarius, as well as financial and budgetary 
issues. At this Session, the Commission will elect a chairperson and 
three vice chairpersons.
    Prior to the Commission meeting, the Executive Committee will meet 
at its Sixty-fifth Session on June 28-July 1, 2011. It is composed of 
the chairperson; vice-chairpersons; seven members elected from the 
Commission from each of the following geographic regions: Africa, Asia, 
Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, Near East, North America, and 
South-West Pacific; and regional coordinators from the six regional 
committees. The United States is the elected representative from North 
America. The Executive Committee will conduct a critical review of the 
elaboration of Codex standards; consider applications from 
international non-governmental organizations for observer status in 
Codex; consider the Codex Strategic Plan and the capacity of the 
Secretariat; review matters arising from reports of Codex Committees 
and proposals for new work; and review the Food and Agriculture 
Organization and the World Health Organisation (FAO/WHO) Trust Fund for 
Enhanced Participation in Codex.
    Responsible Agency: USDA/FSIS.
    U.S. Participation: Yes.

Codex Committee on Residues of Veterinary Drugs in Foods

    The Codex Committee on Residues of Veterinary Drugs in Foods 
(CCRVDF) determines priorities for the consideration of residues of 
veterinary drugs in foods and recommends Maximum Residue Limits (MRLs) 
for veterinary drugs. The Committee also develops codes of practice, as 
may be required, and considers methods of sampling and analysis for the 
determination of veterinary drug residues in food. A veterinary drug is 
defined as any substance applied or administered to a food producing 
animal, such as meat or milk producing animals, poultry, fish or bees, 
whether used for therapeutic, prophylactic or diagnostic purposes, or 
for modification of physiological functions or behavior.
    A Codex Maximum Residue Limit (MRL) for Residues of Veterinary 
Drugs is the maximum concentration of residue resulting from the use of 
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veterinary drug (expressed in mg/kg or ug/kg on a fresh weight basis) 
that is recommended by the Codex Alimentarius Commission to be 
permitted or recognized as acceptable in or on a food. An MRL is based 
on the type and amount of residue considered to be without any 
toxicological hazard for human health as expressed by the Acceptable 
Daily Intake (ADI) or on the basis of a temporary ADI that utilizes an 
additional safety factor. The MRL also takes into account other 
relative public health risks as well as food technological aspects.
    When establishing an MRL, consideration is also given to residues 
that occur in food of plant origin or the environment. Furthermore, the 
MRL may be reduced to be consistent with good veterinary practices in 
the use of veterinary drugs and to the extent that practical analytical 
methods are available.
    An Acceptable Daily Intake (ADI) is an estimate by the Joint FAO/
WHO Expert Committee on Food Additives (JECFA) of the amount of a 
veterinary drug, expressed on a body weight basis, which can be 
ingested daily over a lifetime without appreciable health risk.
    The 19th Session of the Committee met in Burlington, Vermont, on 
August 30-September 3, 2010. The reference document is ALINORM REP11/
RVDF. The results of the 19th session of the CCRVDF will be considered 
by the Commission at the 34th Session in July 2011. To be considered 
for final adoption at Step 8:
     Draft MRLs for Narasin (pig tissues) and Tilmicosin 
(chicken and turkey tissues).
    The Committee will continue work on the following:
     Draft MRLs for Narasin (cattle tissues).
     Proposed draft Sampling Plans for Residue Control in 
Aquatic Animal Products and Derived Edible Products of Aquatic Origin.
     Proposed draft Guidelines on Performance Characteristics 
for Multi-Residue Methods.
     Priority list of veterinary drugs requiring evaluation or 
re-evaluation by JECFA.
     Proposed amendments to the Risk Analysis Principles for 
CCRVDF for comments and consideration at the next session.
     Proposed revision of Risk Analysis Principles Applied by 
the CCRVDF and the Risk Assessment Policy for the Setting of MRLs for 
Veterinary Drugs.
     Discussion paper on Extrapolation of MRLs to Additional 
Species and Tissues.
     Database on need for MRLs of developing countries.
     Proposed amendments to the Terms of Reference of CCRVDF.
     Risk management recommendations for the veterinary drugs 
for which no ADI or MRL has been recommended by JECFA due to specific 
human health concerns.
     Discussion paper on Policy for the Establishment of MRLs 
or Other Limits in Honey.
    Responsible Agencies: HHS/FDA/CVM; USDA/FSIS.
    U.S. Participation: Yes.

Codex Committee on Contaminants in Foods

    The Codex Committee on Contaminants in Foods (CCCF) establishes or 
endorses permitted maximum levels (ML) and, where necessary, revises 
existing guidelines levels for contaminants and naturally occurring 
toxicants in food and feed; prepares priority lists of contaminants and 
naturally occurring toxicants for risk assessment by the Joint FAO/WHO 
Expert Committee on Food Additives; considers and elaborates methods of 
analysis and sampling for the determination of contaminants and 
naturally occurring toxicants in food and feed; considers and 
elaborates standards or codes of practice for related subjects; and 
considers other matters assigned to it by the Commission in relation to 
contaminants and naturally occurring toxicants in food and feed.
    The Committee held its Fifth Session in The Hague, Netherlands, 
from March 21-25, 2011. The relevant document is REP11/CF. The 
following items are to be considered for adoption at Step 5/8 by the 
34th Session of the Commission in July 2011:
     Proposed draft Code of Practice for the Prevention and 
Reduction of Ethyl Carbamate in Stone Fruit Distillates.
     Proposed draft Maximum Levels for Melamine in Food (Liquid 
Infant Formula).
    The Committee established or reconvened working groups to:
     Develop proposed draft Maximum Levels for DON and its 
Acetylated Derivatives in Cereals and Cereal-based Products, including 
the possibility of revising the existing Code of Practice for the 
Prevention and Reduction of Mycotoxin Contamination in Cereals.
     Develop Guidance for Risk Management Options on How to 
Deal with the Results from New Risk Assessment Methodologies focusing 
on (1) a description of different risk assessment outcomes in language 
understandable for risk managers, and (2) the implication of the 
outcomes and possible risk management options.
     Update the discussion paper on Ochratoxin in Cocoa with a 
view toward discussing at the 6th session of CCFH a possible Code of 
Practice.
     Update the discussion paper relative to the Code of 
Practice for the Prevention and Reduction of Mycotoxin Contamination in 
Cereals to determine its relevance to Sorghum, so as to provide 
background for discussions at the 6th CCCF on the possibility of 
developing an annex pertaining to Aflatoxins in grain sorghum.
     Compile exiting management practices for Pyrrolizidine 
Alkaloids for consideration by the 6th session of CCCF of a Code of 
Practice.
     Develop MLs for Arsenic in rice, specifying whether they 
apply to total and/or inorganic Arsenic in rice.
    The Committee decided to continue work on:
     Proposed draft Maximum Level for Total Aflatoxins in Dried 
Figs.
     Editorial amendments to the General Standard on 
Contaminants and Toxins in Food and Feed.
    The Committee decided to initiate new work on:
     Reconsidering Maximum Levels for Lead, focusing on foods 
important to infants and children, and also on canned fruits and 
vegetables.
    The Committee endorsed the following priority list of contaminants 
and naturally occurring toxicants for JECFA evaluation:
     3-MCPD esters.
     Glycidyl esters.
     Pyrrolizidine alkaloids.
     Non dioxin-like PCBs.
    Responsible Agencies: HHS/FDA; USDA/FSIS.
    U.S. Participation: Yes.

Codex Committee on Food Additives

    The Codex Committee on Food Additives (CCFA) establishes or 
endorses acceptable maximum levels (MLs) for individual food additives; 
prepares a priority list of food additives for risk assessment by the 
Joint FAO/WHO Expert Committee on Food Additives (JECFA); assigns 
functional classes to individual food additives; recommends 
specifications of identity and purity for food additives for adoption 
by the Commission; considers methods of analysis for the determination 
of additives in food; and considers and elaborates standards or codes 
for related subjects such as the labeling of food additives when sold 
as such. The 43rd Session of the Committee met in Xiamen, China, March 
14-18, 2011. The relevant document is REP11/FA. Immediately

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prior to the Plenary Session, there was a 2-day physical Working Group 
on the General Standard for Food Additives (GSFA) chaired by the United 
States. The following items discussed at the Plenary Session will be 
considered by the 34th Session of the Commission in July 2011. To be 
considered for adoption at Step 8:
     Draft food additive provisions of the GSFA.
     Revised text of Section 4 (Carry-over of Food Additives 
into Food) of the Preamble of the GSFA.
    To be considered for adoption at Step 5/8:
     Proposed draft food additive provisions of the GSFA.
     Proposed draft revision of the Food Category System of the 
GSFA (Food Categories 05.1, 05.3 and 05.4) (N07-2010).
     Proposed draft amendments to the Codex Guideline on Class 
Names and International Numbering System for Food Additives (CAC/GL 36-
1989).
     Proposed draft specifications for the identity and purity 
of food additives arising from the 73rd JECFA, including 14 food 
additives and 167 flavorings.
    To be considered for adoption at Step 5:
     Proposed draft revision of the Standard for Food Grade 
Salt (CODEX STAN 150-1985) (N08-2010).
    The Committee also agreed to forward the following to the CAC:
     Food additive provisions of the GSFA recommended for 
revocation.
     Draft and proposed draft food additive provisions of the 
GSFA recommended for discontinuation.
     Amendment to the GSFA provision for sulfites in food 
category 04.1.2.2 (Dried fruits) to reflect the food additive 
provisions in the Draft Standard for Dessicated Coconut (revision of 
CODEX STAN 177-1991).
     Amendment to ``Explanatory Notes on the Lay-out of the 
INS'' (Section 1 of the Codex Guideline on Class Names and 
International Numbering System for Food Additives (CAC/GL 36-1989)).
    The Committee agreed to establish electronic Working Groups and 
named lead countries on:
     Provisions for aluminum-containing food additives in the 
GSFA (Brazil).
     Application of Note 161 (``Subject to national legislation 
of the importing country aimed, in particular, at consistency with 
Section 3.2 of the Preamble.'') to food additive provisions in the 
GSFA, with formulation of recommendations to facilitate a uniform 
implementation of Section 3.2 of the Preamble to the GSFA (South 
Africa).
     A discussion paper on Food Category 16.0 (Composite 
foods--foods that could not be placed in categories 01-15) that would: 
(1) Contain a description of the products in this category, and (2) 
provide proposals for revision of the name and descriptors of this food 
category (United States).
     Proposals for changes and additions to the INS, with a 
focus on changes to technological purposes (Iran).
     Mechanisms for re-evaluation of substances by JECFA, that 
would establish criteria to prioritize food additives for re-
evaluation, with a focus on food colors (Canada).
     Food additive provisions in the GSFA, including: (1) Draft 
and proposed draft provisions, (2) provisions for which additional 
information was requested, and (3) provisions in Tables 1 and 2 of the 
GSFA for those food additives in Table 3 with the function ``acidity 
regulators'' and ``emulsifiers, stabilizers, thickeners'' (United 
States).
     Alignment of the food additive provisions in the Codex 
commodity standards for meat products and relevant provisions of the 
GSFA (Australia).
    The Committee agreed to continue working on:
     Prototype of a database on processing aids (China).
     Information document on the GSFA (Codex Secretariat).
     Information document on food additive provisions in 
commodity standards (Codex Secretariat).
     Information document on Inventory of Substances Used as 
Processing Aids (New Zealand).
    The Committee also agreed to hold a physical Working Group on the 
GSFA immediately preceding the 44th session of CCFA.
    Responsible Agency: HHS/FDA.
    U.S. Participation: Yes.

Codex Committee on Pesticide Residues

    The Codex Committee on Pesticide Residues (CCPR) is responsible for 
establishing maximum limits for pesticide residues in specific food 
items or in groups of food; establishing maximum limits for pesticide 
residues in certain animal feeding stuffs moving in international trade 
where this is justified for reasons of protection of human health; 
preparing priority lists of pesticides for evaluation by the Joint FAO/
WHO Meeting on Pesticide Residues (JMPR); considering methods of 
sampling and analysis for the determination of pesticide residues in 
food and feed; considering other matters in relation to the safety of 
food and feed containing pesticide residues and; establishing maximum 
limits for environmental and industrial contaminants showing chemical 
or other similarity to pesticides in specific food items or groups of 
food.
    The 43rd Session of the Committee met in Beijing, China, on April 
4-9, 2011. The relevant document is REP11/PR. The following items will 
be considered by the Commission at its 34th Session in July 2011. To be 
considered for adoption at Step 8:
     Draft MRLs for Pesticides.
    To be considered at Step 5/8:
     Proposed draft MRLs for Pesticides.
     Proposed draft revision of the Guidelines on the 
Estimation of Uncertainty of Results for the Determination of Pesticide 
Residues (Annex to CAC/GL 59-2006).
     Codex Maximum Residue Limits for Pesticides Recommended 
for Revocation.
     Analysis of Pesticide Residues: Recommended Methods (Codex 
Stan 229-1993) Recommended for Revocation.
     Approval of new work for the Priority List for the 
Establishment of MRLs for Pesticides.
    The Committee will continue working on:
     Draft revision of the Classification of Foods and Animal 
Feeds: Tree Nuts, Herbs and Spices.
     Draft Principle and Guidance for the Selection of 
Representative Commodities for the Extrapolation of Maximum Residue 
Limits for Pesticides for Commodity Groups (including Table 1 on fruit 
commodities).
     Draft revision of the Classification of Foods and Animal 
Feeds: Herbs--Edible Flowers.
     Proposed draft MRLs for Pesticides at Step 5.
     Proposed draft revision of the Classification of Foods and 
Animal Feeds: Assorted Tropical and Sub-tropical Fruits--edible peel 
and Assorted Tropical and Sub-Tropical Fruits--inedible peel.
     Proposed draft revision of the Classification of Foods and 
Animal Feeds: Other vegetable commodity groups.
     Establishment of Codex Priority Lists of Pesticides 
(Evaluation of New Pesticides and Pesticides under the Periodic Re-
Evaluation).
     Application of Proportionality in Selecting Data for MRL 
Estimation.
     Revision of the Risk Analysis Principles applied by the 
Codex Committee on Pesticide Residues.
     Consideration of the status of Codex MRLs for Lindane.
     Development of criteria for use by CCPR and JMPR to 
determine minimum number of field trials necessary to support the 
establishment of MRLs for minor uses/specialty crops.

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    Responsible Agencies: EPA; USDA/AMS.
    U.S. Participation: Yes.

Codex Committee on Methods of Analysis and Sampling

    The Codex Committee on Methods of Analysis and Sampling (CCMAS) 
defines the criteria appropriate to Codex methods of analysis and 
sampling; serves as a coordinating body for Codex with other 
international groups working on methods of analysis and sampling and 
quality assurance systems for laboratories; specifies, on the basis of 
final recommendations submitted to it by the bodies referred to above, 
reference methods of analysis and sampling appropriate to Codex 
standards which are generally applicable to a number of foods; 
considers, amends if necessary, and endorses as appropriate methods of 
analysis and sampling proposed by Codex commodity committees, except 
for methods of analysis and sampling for residues of pesticides or 
veterinary drugs in food, the assessment of microbiological quality and 
safety in food, and the assessment of specifications for food 
additives; elaborates sampling plans and procedures, as may be 
required; considers specific sampling and analysis problems submitted 
to it by the Commission or any of its Committees; and defines 
procedures, protocols, guidelines or related texts for the assessment 
of food laboratory proficiency, as well as quality assurance systems 
for laboratories.
    The 32nd Session of the Committee met in Budapest, Hungary, March 
7-11, 2011. The relevant document is REP11/MAS. The following items 
will be considered for adoption by the 34th Session of the Commission 
in July 2011. To be considered for final adoption at Step 8:
     Draft Revised Guidelines on Measurement Uncertainty The 
Committee will continue working on:
     Endorsement of Methods of Analysis in Codex Standards.
     Principles for the Use of Sampling and Testing in 
International Food Trade.
     Developing a discussion paper on Provisions for 
Proprietary Methods.
    Responsible Agencies: HHS/FDA; USDA/GIPSA.
    U.S. Participation: Yes.

Codex Committee on Food Import and Export Inspection and Certification 
Systems

    The Codex Committee on Food Import and Export Inspection and 
Certification Systems is responsible for developing principles and 
guidelines for food import and export inspection and certification 
systems, with a view to harmonizing methods and procedures that protect 
the health of consumers, ensure fair trading practices, and facilitate 
international trade in foodstuffs; developing principles and guidelines 
for the application of measures by the competent authorities of 
exporting and importing countries to provide assurance, where 
necessary, that foodstuffs comply with requirements, especially 
statutory health requirements; developing guidelines for the 
utilization, as and when appropriate, of quality assurance systems to 
ensure that foodstuffs conform with requirements and promote the 
recognition of these systems in facilitating trade in food products 
under bilateral/multilateral arrangements by countries; developing 
guidelines and criteria with respect to format, declarations, and 
language of such official certificates as countries may require with a 
view towards international harmonization; making recommendations for 
information exchange in relation to food import/export control; 
consulting as necessary with other international groups working on 
matters related to food inspection and certification systems; and 
considering other matters assigned to it by the Commission in relation 
to food inspection and certification systems.
    The Committee has not met since the 33rd session of the Commission 
in 2010. The Committee is working on:
     Proposed draft Principles and Guidelines for National Food 
Control Systems.
     Discussion paper on further guidance regarding attestation 
in Generic Model Official Certificate (Annex to CAC/Gl 38-2001)
    Responsible Agencies: HHS/FDA; USDA/FSIS.
    U.S. Participation: Yes.

Codex Committee on Food Labeling

    The Codex Committee on Food Labeling drafts provisions on labeling 
applicable to all foods; considers, amends, and endorses draft specific 
provisions on labeling prepared by the Codex Committees drafting 
standards, codes of practice, and guidelines; and studies specific 
labeling problems assigned by the Codex Alimentarius Commission. The 
Committee also studies problems associated with the advertisement of 
food with particular reference to claims and misleading descriptions.
    The Committee held its 39th Session in Quebec City, Canada, on May 
9-13, 2011. The reference document is REP 11/FL. The following items 
will be considered by the 34th Session of the Commission in July 2011. 
To be considered at Step 8:
     Draft revision of the Guidelines on Nutrition Labeling 
Concerning the List of Nutrients That are Always Declared on a 
Voluntary or Mandatory Basis.
    To be considered at step 5:
     Proposed Draft Definition of Nutirent Reference Values 
Proposal.
    To be considered at step 5/8:
     Proposed draft Recommendations for the Labeling of Foods 
and Food Ingredients Obtained through Certain Techniques of Genetic 
Modification/genetic Engineering.
    The Committee is continuing work on:
     Discussion paper on Additional Conditions for Nutrient 
Content Claims and Comparative Claims in the Guidelines for Use of 
Nutrition and Health Claims.
     Mandatory Nutrition Labeling.
     Guidelines for the Production, Processing, Labeling and 
Marketing of Organically Produced Foods.
     Annex 1: Inclusion of Ethylene for other Products.
     Organic Aquaculture.
    Responsible Agencies: HHS/FDA; USDA/FSIS.
    U.S. Participation: Yes.

Codex Committee on Food Hygiene

    The Codex Committee on Food Hygiene (CCFH):
     Develops basic provisions on food hygiene applicable to 
all food or to specific food types;
     Considers and amends or endorses provisions on food 
hygiene contained in Codex commodity standards and codes of practice 
developed by other Codex commodity committees;
     Considers specific food hygiene problems assigned to it by 
the Commission;
     Suggests and prioritizes areas where there is a need for 
microbiological risk assessment at the international level and develops 
questions to be addressed by the risk assessors; and
     Considers microbiological risk management matters in 
relation to food hygiene and in relation to FAO/WHO risk assessments.
    The 42nd Session of the CCFH met in Kampala, Uganda, on November 
29-December 3, 2010. The reference document is ALINORM REP 11/FH. Two 
documents that advanced to Step 5/8 at the 42nd session will be 
considered for final adoption by the Codex Alimentarius Commission 
(CAC) at the 34th session in July 2011. Those documents being 
considered for final adoption at Step 5/8 are:

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     Proposed draft Guideline for the Control of Campylobacter 
and Salmonella spp in Chicken Meat.
     Proposed draft Revision of the Recommended International 
Code of Hygienic Practice for Collecting, Processing and Marketing of 
Natural Mineral Waters.
    The Committee continues to work on the following:
     Proposed draft Guidelines on the Application of General 
Principles of Food Hygiene to the Control of Viruses in Food (at Step 
3).
     Proposed Revision of the Principles for the Establishment 
and Application of Microbiological Criteria for Foods (at Step 2/3).
    The Committee agreed to begin new work on:
     Guidelines for Control of specific Zoonotic Parasites in 
Meat: Trichinella spiralis and Cysticercus bovis.
     Annex on Melons to the Code of Hygienic Practice for Fresh 
Fruits and Vegetables.
     Discussion paper on the review of the risk analysis 
principles and procedures applied by the Codex Committee on Food 
Hygiene.
    Responsible Agencies: HHS/FDA; USDA/FSIS.
    U.S. Participation: Yes.

Codex Committee on Fresh Fruits and Vegetables

    The Codex Committee on Fresh Fruits and Vegetables is responsible 
for elaborating worldwide standards and codes of practice as may be 
appropriate for fresh fruits and vegetables; for consulting with the 
UNECE Working Party on Agricultural Quality Standards in the 
elaboration of worldwide standards and codes of practice with 
particular regard to ensuring that there is no duplication of standards 
or codes of practice and that they follow the same broad format; and 
for consulting, as necessary, with other international organizations 
which are active in the area of standardization of fresh fruits and 
vegetables.
    The Committee held its 16th Session in Mexico City, Mexico, on May 
2-6, 2011. The reference document is REP11/FFV. The following will be 
considered by the Commission at its 34th session in July 2011. To be 
considered at step 8:
     Draft Standard for Tree Tomatoes.
    To be considered at step 5/8:
     Proposed draft Standard for Chili Peppers.
    The Committee will continue working on:
     Draft Standard for Avocado at Step 7.
     Proposed draft Standard for Pomegranate at Step 5.
     Proposed draft Standard for Golden Passion Fruit.
     Proposed layout for Codex Standards for Fresh Fruits and 
Vegetables (including matters relating to point of application and 
quality tolerances at import/export control points).
     Proposals for new work on Codex Standards for Fresh Fruits 
and Vegetables.
    Responsible Agencies: USDA/AMS; HHS/FDA.
    U.S. Participation: Yes.

Codex Committee on Nutrition and Foods for Special Dietary Uses

    The Codex Committee on Nutrition and Foods for Special Dietary Uses 
(CCNFSDU) is responsible for studying nutrition issues referred to it 
by the Codex Alimentarius Commission. The Committee also drafts general 
provisions, as appropriate, on nutritional aspects of all foods and 
develops standards, guidelines, or related texts for foods for special 
dietary uses in cooperation with other committees where necessary; 
considers, amends if necessary, and endorses provisions on nutritional 
aspects proposed for inclusion in Codex standards, guidelines, and 
related texts.
    The Committee held its 32nd Session in Santiago, Chile, on November 
1-5, 2010. The reference document is REP 11/NSFDU. The following items 
will be considered by the Commission at its 34th Session in July 2011. 
To be considered for final adoption at Step 8:
     Draft Annex to the Guidelines on Nutrition Labeling: 
General Principles for Establishing Nutrient Reference Values of 
Vitamins and Minerals for the General Population.
    The Committee will continue work on:
     Proposed draft Additional or Revised Nutrient Reference 
Values for Labeling Purposes in the Codex Guidelines on Nutrition 
Labeling.
     Proposed draft revision of the Codex General Principles 
for the Addition of Essential Nutrients to Foods.
     Proposed draft revision of the Guidelines on Formulated 
Supplementary Foods for Older Infants and Young Children.
     Proposed draft Nutrient Reference Values (NRVs) for 
Nutrients Associated with Risk of Diet Related Noncommunicable Diseases 
for the General Population.
     New work on a New Part B for Underweight Children in the 
Standard for Processed Cereal-Based Foods for Infants and Young 
Children.
     Discussion paper for consideration of the revision of the 
Standard for Follow-up Formula.
    Responsible Agencies: HHS/FDA; USDA/ARS.
    U.S. Participation: Yes.

Codex Committee on Fats and Oils

    The Codex Committee on Fats and Oils (CCFO) is responsible for 
elaborating worldwide standards for fats and oils of animal, vegetable, 
and marine origin, including margarine and olive oil. The Committee 
held its 22nd Session in Penang, Malaysia, on February 21-25, 2011. The 
following items will be considered for adoption by the 34th Session of 
the Commission in July 2011. To be considered for final adoption at 
Step 8:
     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: Draft Criteria to Assess the Acceptability of 
Substances for Inclusion in a List of Acceptable Previous Cargoes.
     Code of Practice for the Storage and Transport of Edible 
Fats and Oils in Bulk: Draft List of Acceptable Previous Cargoes.
    To be considered for adoption at Step 5/8:
     Code of Practice for the Storage and Transport of Edible 
Fats and Oils in Bulk: Proposed Draft List of Acceptable Previous 
Cargoes.
    The Commission will consider whether to endorse new work on:
     Development of a Standard for Fish Oils.
     Proposed draft amendment to the Standard for Named 
Vegetable Oils; Rice Bran Oil.
    The Commission will consider whether to discontinue work on the 
following:
     Proposed draft amendment to the Standard for Olive Oils 
and Olive Pomace Oils: Linolenic Acid Level.
    Responsible Agencies: HHS/FDA; USDA/ARS.
    U.S. Participation: Yes.

Codex Committee on Processed Fruits and Vegetables

    The Codex Committee on Processed Fruits and Vegetables (CCPFV) is 
responsible for elaborating worldwide standards for all types of 
processed fruits and vegetables including dried products, canned dried 
peas and beans, and jams and jellies (but not dried prunes or fruit and 
vegetable juices), as well as revision of standards for quick frozen 
fruits and vegetables.

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    The 25th Session of the CCPFV met in Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia, on 
October 25-29, 2010. The reference document is ALINORM REP 11/PFV. The 
results of the 25th Session of the CCPFV will be considered by the 
Commission at its 34th session in July 2011. The following item will be 
considered for final adoption:
     Proposed amendment to the Terms of Reference of the 
Committee on Processed Fruits and Vegetables to add responsibility for 
elaboration of standards for fruit and vegetable juices and nectars and 
related products.
    The following items will be considered for final adoption at Step 
5/8:
     Proposed draft Codex Standard for Desiccated Coconut.
     Proposed draft Annex on Certain Mushrooms.
     Proposed draft Codex Standard for Canned Bamboo Shoots.
    The Committee continues to work on the following:
     Proposed draft Codex Standard for Table Olives.
     Proposed draft Codex Sampling Plans including Metrological 
Provisions for Controlling Minimum Drained Weight of Canned Fruits and 
Vegetables in Packing Media.
     Proposed draft Codex Standard for Certain Quick Frozen 
Vegetables.
     Proposed draft Codex Standard for Certain Canned Fruits.
     Food Additive Provisions for Processed Fruits and 
Vegetables.
     Packing Media Provisions for Pickled Vegetables.
     Methods of Analysis for Applesauce.
     Discussion paper on the Extension of Territorial 
Application of the Codex Standard for Ginseng Products.
     Discussion paper on the Need for a Codex Standard for 
Chemically Flavored Water-based Drinks.
    Responsible Agencies: USDA/AMS; HHS/FDA.
    U.S. Participation: Yes.

Certain Codex Commodity Committees

    Several Codex Alimentarius Commodity Committees have adjourned sine 
die. The following Committees fall into this category:
     Cereals, Pulses and Legumes.
    Responsible Agency: HHS/FDA.
    U.S. Participation: Yes.
     Cocoa Products and Chocolate.
    Responsible Agency: HHS/FDA.
    U.S. Participation: Yes.
     Meat Hygiene.
    Responsible Agency: USDA/FSIS.
    U.S. Participation: Yes.
     Milk and Milk Products.
    Responsible Agencies: USDA/AMS; HHS/FDA.
    U.S. Participation: Yes.
     Natural Mineral Waters.
    Responsible Agency: HHS/FDA.
    U.S. Participation: Yes.
     Sugars.
    Responsible Agencies: HHS/FDA.
    U.S. Participation: Yes.
     Vegetable Proteins.
    Responsible Agency: USDA/ARS.
    U.S. Participation: Yes.

Ad hoc Intergovernmental Task Force on Antimicrobial Resistance

    The ad hoc Intergovernmental Task Force on Antimicrobial Resistance 
(TFAMR) was created by the 29th Session of the Commission.
    The Task Force was hosted by the Republic of Korea and had a 
timeframe of four sessions, starting with its first meeting in October 
2007. Its objective was to develop science-based guidance to be used to 
assess the risks to human health associated with the presence in food 
and feed, including aquaculture, and the transmission through food and 
feed, of antimicrobial resistant microorganisms and antimicrobial 
resistance genes and to develop appropriate risk management advice 
based on that assessment to reduce such risk. In this process, work 
undertaken in this field at national, regional, and international 
levels was to be taken into account.
    The 4th and final Session of the Task Force met in Muju, Republic 
of Korea, on October 18-22, 2010. The relevant document, Draft 
Guidelines for Risk Analysis of Foodborne Antimicrobial Resistance 
(REP11/AMR), will be considered for adoption by the Codex Alimentarius 
Commission (CAC) at the 34th session in July 2011.
    Responsible Agencies: HHS/FDA; USDA/FSIS.
    U.S. Participation: Yes.

FAO/WHO Regional Coordinating Committees

    The FAO/WHO Regional Coordinating Committees define the problems 
and needs of the regions concerning food standards and food control; 
promote within the Committee contacts for the mutual exchange of 
information on proposed regulatory initiatives and problems arising 
from food control and stimulate the strengthening of food control 
infrastructures; recommend to the Commission the development of 
worldwide standards for products of interest to the region, including 
products considered by the Committees to have an international market 
potential in the future; develop regional standards for food products 
moving exclusively or almost exclusively in intra-regional trade; draw 
the attention of the Commission to any aspects of the Commission's work 
of particular significance to the region; promote coordination of all 
regional food standards work undertaken by international governmental 
and non-governmental organizations within each region; exercise a 
general coordinating role for the region and such other functions as 
may be entrusted to it by the Commission; and promote the use of Codex 
standards and related texts by members.

Coordinating Committee for Africa

    The Committee (CCAfrica) held its 19th session in Accra, Ghana, 
from February 1-4, 2011. The relevant document is REP11/AFRICA. The 
Committee agreed to submit a number of recommendations regarding 
measures that the Commission and FAO/WHO could take in connection with 
private food safety standards. The Committee also noted that a 
worldwide standard for processed cheese was necessary, but if that was 
not possible, a regional standard for Africa should be developed.
    Responsible Agency: USDA/FSIS.
    U.S. Participation: Yes (as observer).

Coordinating Committee for Asia

    The Committee (CCAsia) held its 16th session in Bali, Indonesia, 
from November 22-26, 2010. The relevant document is REP11/ASIA. The 
following items will be considered for final adoption at Step 8:
     Draft Regional Standard for Edible Sago Flour.
    To be considered for adoption at Step 5/8:
     Proposed draft Regional Standard for Chili Sauce.
    The Committee continues to work on:
     Proposed draft Standard for Non-Fermented Soybean 
Products.
     Proposed draft Regional Standard for Tempe.
     Proposed draft Regional Standard for Durian.
     Discussion paper on new work on a Regional Standard for 
Yuza.
     Discussion paper on new work on a Regional Standard for 
Edible Crickets and Their Products.
     Update of (i) the implementation of the Strategic Plan for 
Asia and (ii) issues relevant to the region and draft strategic plan 
for CCASIA.
     Proposal for new work on a Codex Regional Standard for 
Laver Products.
    Responsible Agency: USDA/FSIS.
    U.S. Participation: Yes (as observer).

Coordinating Committee for Europe

    The Committee (CCEurope) held its 27th session in Warsaw, Poland, 
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October 5-8, 2010. The relevant document is REP 11/EURO.
    The Committee agreed to nominate Poland for appointment as the 
Regional Coordinator by the 34th session of the Commission.
    The Committee also agreed to propose new work on the revision of 
the Regional Standard for Fresh Fungus ``Chanterelle'' and on a 
regional standard for Ayran.
    Responsible Agency: USDA/FSIS.
    U.S. Participation: Yes (as observer).

Coordinating Committee for Latin America and the Caribbean

    The Coordinating Committee for Latin America and the Caribbean 
(CCLAC) held its 17th session in Acapulco, Mexico, from November 8-12, 
2010. The relevant document is REP 11/LAC. The following items will be 
considered for adoption at the 34th Session of the Commission:
     Proposed draft Codex Regional Standard for Culantro 
Coyote.
     Proposed draft Codex Regional Standard for Lucuma.
    The Committee will continue working on:
     Discussion paper on the formulation of regional positions 
by CCLAC.
    Responsible Agency: USDA/FSIS.
    U.S. Participation: Yes (as observer).

Coordinating Committee for the Near East

    The Committee (CCNEA) will hold its 6th session in Hammamet, 
Tunisia, from May 23-27, 2011. The Committee will be working on:
     2.1 Strategic Plan 2008-2013.
     2.2 Private Standards.
     2.3 Processed Cheese.
     2.4 Revised Strategic Plan.
     Proposed draft Code of Practice for Street Vended Foods.
     Proposed draft Regional Standard for Harissa (hot pepper 
paste).
     Proposed draft Regional Standard for halwa Tehenia.
     Project document for Regional Standards for Doogh.
     Project document for a Regional Standard for Camel Milk.
     Project documents for Regional Standards for Date Paste 
and Date Molasses.
     Classification of foods based on risks.
     FAO/WHO Activities complementary to the work of the Codex 
Alimentarius Commission, including FAO/WHO project and Trust Fund for 
Enhanced Participation in Codex.
     Activities of the STDF Programme in the Region.
     National Food Control Systems and Consumer Participation 
in Food Standard Setting.
     Use of Codex Standards and Consumer Participation in Food 
Standard Setting.
     Use of Codex Standards at National and Regional Level.
     Nutritional Issues within the Region.
     Participation in Codex work and in FAO/WHO activities 
related to scientific advice.
    Responsible Agency: USDA/FSIS.
    U.S. Participation: Yes (as observer).

Coordinating Committee for North America and the Southwest Pacific 
(CCNASWP)

    The Committee (CCNASWP) held its 11th Session in Nuku'alofa, Tonga, 
from September 28th through October 1st, 2010. The relevant document is 
REP11/NASWP. The Committee continues to work on:
     Draft Revised Strategic Plan for the CCNASWP 2014-2018.
     Discussion paper on the development of a commodity 
standard for Kava.
     Discussion paper on the development of a commodity 
standard for Nonu (Noni).
    Responsible Agency: USDA/FSIS.
    U.S. Participation: Yes.

Attachment 2

U.S. Codex Alimentarius Officials Codex Chairpersons From the United 
States

Codex Committee on Food Hygiene

    Emilio Esteban, DVM, MBA, MPVM, PhD, Scientific Advisor for 
Laboratory Services & Research, Office of Public Health Science, Food 
Safety and Inspection Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, 950 
College Station Road, Athens, GA 30605. Phone: (706) 546-3429. Fax: 
(706) 546-3428. E-mail: emilio.esteban@fsis.usda.gov.

Codex Committee on Processed Fruits and Vegetables

    Richard Boyd, Head, Defense Contract Inspection Section, Processed 
Products Branch, Fruit and Vegetable Programs, Agricultural Marketing 
Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., 
Mail Stop 0247, Room 0726-South Building, Washington, DC 20250. Phone: 
(202) 720-5021. Fax: (202) 690-1527. E-mail: richard.boyd@ams.usda.gov.

Codex Committee on Residues of Veterinary Drugs in Foods

    Steven D. Vaughn, DVM, Director, Office of New Animal Drug 
Evaluation, Center for Veterinary Medicine, U.S. Food and Drug 
Administration, MPN 1, Room 236, 7520 Standish Place, Rockville, 
Maryland 20855. Phone: (240) 276-8300. Fax: (240) 276-8242. E-mail: 
Steven.Vaughn@fda.hhs.gov.

Listing of U.S. Delegates and Alternates Worldwide General Subject 
Codex Committees

Codex Committee on Contaminants in Foods

(Host Government--the Netherlands)

U.S. Delegate

    Nega Beru, PhD, Director, Office of Food Safety (HFS-300), Center 
for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, U.S. Food and Drug 
Administration, 5100 Paint Branch Parkway, College Park, MD 20740. 
Phone: (240) 402-1700. Fax: (301) 436-2651. E-mail: 
Nega.Beru@fda.hhs.gov.

Alternate Delegate

    Kerry Dearfield, PhD, Scientific Advisor for Risk Assessment, 
Office of Public Health Science, Food Safety and Inspection Service, 
U.S. Department of Agriculture, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., Room 
380, Aerospace Center, Washington, DC 20250. Phone: (202) 690-6451. 
Fax: (202) 690-6337. E-mail: Kerry.Dearfield@fsis.usda.gov.

Codex Committee on Food Additives

(Host Government--China)

U.S. Delegate

    Dennis M. Keefe, PhD, Office of Premarket Approval, Center for Food 
Safety and Applied Nutrition, U.S. Food and Drug Administration (HFS-
205), Harvey W. Wiley Federal Building, 5100 Paint Branch Parkway, 
College Park, MD 20740-3835. Phone: (240) 402-1284. Fax: (301) 436-
2972. E-mail: dennis.keefe@fda.hhs.gov.

Alternate Delegate

    Susan E. Carberry, PhD, Supervisory Chemist, Division of Petition 
Review, Office of Food Additive Safety (HFS-265), Center for Food 
Safety and Applied Nutrition, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, 5100 
Paint Branch Parkway, College Park, MD 20740. Phone: (240) 402-1269. 
Fax: (301) 436-2972. E-mail: Susan.Carberry@fda.hhs.gov.

Codex Committee on Food Hygiene

(Host Government--United States)

U.S. Delegate

    Jenny Scott, Senior Advisor, Office of Food Safety, Center for Food 
Safety and Applied Nutrition, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, 5100 
Paint Branch

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Parkway, HFS-300, Room 3B-014, College Park, MD 20740-3835. Phone: 
(240) 402-2166. Fax: (202) 436-2632. E-mail: Jenny.Scott@fda.hhs.gov.

Alternate Delegates

    Kerry Dearfield, PhD, Scientific Advisor for Risk Assessment, 
Office of Public Health Science, Food Safety and Inspection Service, 
U.S. Department of Agriculture, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., Room 
380, Aerospace Center, Washington, DC 20250. Phone: (202) 690-6451. 
Fax: (202) 690-6337. E-mail: Kerry.Dearfield@fsis.usda.gov.
    Dr. Joyce Saltsman, Interdisciplinary Scientist, Office of Food 
Safety (HFS-317), Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, U.S. 
Food and Drug Administration, 5100 Paint Branch Parkway, College Park, 
MD 20740. Phone: (240) 402-1641. Fax: (301) 436-2651. E-mail: 
Joyce.Saltsman@fda.hhs.gov.

Codex Committee on Food Import and Export Inspection and Certification 
Systems

(Host Government--Australia)

U.S. Delegate

    Mary Stanley, Director, International Policy Division, Office of 
Policy and Program Development, Food Safety and Inspection Service, 
U.S. Department of Agriculture, Room 2925, South Agriculture Building, 
1400 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20250. Phone: (202) 720-
0287. Fax: (202) 720-4929. E-mail: Mary.Stanley@fsis.usda.gov.

Alternate Delegate

    H. Michael Wehr, Senior Advisor and Codex Program Coordinator, 
International Affairs Staff, Center for Food Safety and Applied 
Nutrition, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, 5100 Paint Branch Parkway 
(HFS-550), College Park, MD 20740. Phone: (240) 402-1724. Fax: (301) 
436-2618. E-mail: Michael.wehr@fda.hhs.gov.

Codex Committee on Food Labeling

(Host Government--Canada)

U.S. Delegate

    Barbara O. Schneeman, PhD, Director, Office of Nutrition, Labeling, 
and Dietary Supplements, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, 
U.S. Food and Drug Administration, 5100 Paint Branch Parkway (HFS-800), 
College Park, MD 20740. Phone: (240) 402-2373. Fax: (301) 436-2636. E-
mail: barbara.schneeman@fda.hhs.gov.

Alternate Delegate

    Jeffrey Canavan, Deputy Director, Labeling and Program Delivery 
Division, Food Safety and Inspection Service, U.S. Department of 
Agriculture, 5601 Sunnyside Ave., Stop 5273, Beltsville, MD 20705-5273. 
Phone: (301) 504-0860. Fax: (301) 504-0872. Jeff.canavan@fsis.usda.gov.

Codex Committee on General Principles

(Host Government--France)

U.S. Delegate

    Note: A member of the Steering Committee heads the delegation to 
meetings of the General Principles Committee.

Codex Committee on Methods of Analysis and Sampling

(Host Government--Hungary)

U.S. Delegate

    Gregory Diachenko, PhD, Director, Division of Product Manufacture 
and Use, Office of Premarket Approval, Center for Food Safety and 
Applied Nutrition (CFSAN), U.S. Food and Drug Administration (HFS-300), 
Harvey W. Wiley Federal Building, 5100 Paint Branch Parkway, College 
Park, MD 20740-3835. Phone: (240) 402-2387. Fax: (301) 436-2364. E-
mail: gregory.diachenko@fda.hhs.gov.

Alternate Delegate

    David B. Funk, Associate Director for Methods Development, 
Technical Services Division, Grain Inspection, Packyards and Stockyards 
Administration, U.S. Department of Agriculture, 10383 N. Ambassador 
Dr., Kansas City, MO 64153. Phone: (816) 891-0473. Fax: (816) 891-0478. 
David.b.funk@usda.gov.

Codex Committee on Nutrition and Food for Special Dietary Uses

(Host Government--Germany)

U.S. Delegate

    Barbara O. Schneeman, PhD, Director, Office of Nutrition, Labeling 
and Dietary Supplements, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, 
U.S. Food and Drug Administration, 5100 Paint Branch Highway (HFS-800), 
College Park, MD 20740. Phone: (240) 402-2373. Fax: (301) 436-2636. E-
mail: barbara.schneeman@fda.hhs.gov.

Alternate Delegate

    Allison Yates, PhD, Director, Beltsville Human Nutrition Research 
Center, Agricultural Research Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, 
10300 Baltimore Avenue, Bldg 307C, Room 117, Beltsville, MD 20705. 
Phone: (301) 504-8157. Fax: (301) 504-9381. E-mail: 
Allison.Yates@ars.usda.gov.

Codex Committee on Pesticide Residues

(Host Government--China)

U.S. Delegate

    Lois Rossi, Director of Registration Division, Office of Pesticide 
Programs, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Ariel Rios Building, 
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20460. Phone: (703) 305-
5447. Fax: (703) 305-6920. E-mail: rossi.lois@epa.gov.

Alternate Delegate

    Dr. Pat Basu, Senior Advisor, Chemistry, Toxicology, & Related 
Sciences, Office of Public Health Science, Food Safety and Inspection 
Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, 1400 Independence Ave, SW., 
Washington, DC 20250. Phone: (202) 690-6558. Fax: (202) 690-2364. 
Pat.Basu@fsis.usda.gov.

Codex Committee on Residues of Veterinary Drugs in Foods

(Host Government--United States)

U.S. Delegate

    Dr. Kevin Greenlees, Senior Advisor for Science & Policy, Office of 
New Animal Drug Evaluation, HFV-100, Center for Veterinary Medicine, 
U.S. Food and Drug Administration, 7520 Standish Place, Rockville, MD 
20855. Phone: (240) 276-8214. Fax: (240) 276-9538. E-mail: 
Kevin.Greenlees@fda.hhs.gov.

Alternate Delegate

    Dr. Charles Pixley, Director, Laboratory Quality Assurance 
Division, Office of Public Health Science, Food Safety and Inspection 
Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, 950 College Station Road, 
Athens, GA 30605. Phone: (706) 546-3559. Fax: (706) 546-3452. E-mail: 
charles.pixley@fsis.usda.gov.

Worldwide Commodity Codex Committees (Active)

Codex Committee on Fats and Oils

(Host Government--Malaysia)

U.S. Delegate

    Martin J. Stutsman, J.D., Office of Food Safety (HFS-317), Center 
for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, U.S. Food and Drug 
Administration, 5100 Paint Branch Parkway, College Park, MD 20740-3835. 
Phone: (240) 402-1642. Fax: (301) 436-2651. E-mail: 
Martin.Stutsman@fda.hhs.gov.

Alternate Delegate

    Robert A. Moreau, PhD, Research Chemist, Eastern Regional Research

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Center, Agricultural Research Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, 
600 East Mermaid Lane, Wyndmoor, PA 19038. Phone: (215) 233-6428. Fax: 
(215) 233-6406. robert.moreau@ars.usda.gov.

Codex Committee on Fish and Fishery Products

(Host Government--Norway)

Delegates

    Timothy Hansen, Director, Seafood Inspection Program, National 
Marine Fisheries Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric 
Administration, 1315 East West Highway SSMC3, Silver Spring, 
MD 20910. Phone: (301) 713-2355. Fax: (301) 713-1081. 
Timothy.Hansen@noaa.gov.
    Dr. William Jones, Director, Division of Seafood Safety, Office of 
Food Safety (HFS-325), U.S. Food and Drug Administration, 5100 Paint 
Branch Parkway, College Park, MD 20740. Phone: (240) 402-2300. Fax: 
(301) 436-2601. William.Jones@fda.hhs.gov.

Codex Committee on Fresh Fruits and Vegetables

(Host Government--Mexico)

U.S. Delegate

    Dorian LaFond, International Standards Coordinator, Fruit and 
Vegetables Division, Agricultural Marketing Service, U.S. Department of 
Agriculture, Stop 0235--Room 2086, South Agriculture Building, 1400 
Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20250-0235. Phone: (202) 690-
4944. Fax: (202) 720-0016. E-mail: dorian.lafond@usda.gov.

Alternate Delegate

    Dongmin Mu, Product Evaluation and Labeling Team, Food Labeling and 
Standards Staff, Office of Nutrition, Labeling and Dietary Supplements, 
U.S. Food and Drug Administration, 5100 Paint Branch Parkway, College 
Park, MD 20740. Phone: (240) 402-1775. Fax: (301) 436-2636. 
dongmin.mu@fda.hhs.gov.

Codex Committee on Processed Fruits and Vegetables

(Host Government--United States)

U.S. Delegate

    Dorian LaFond, International Standards Coordinator, Fruit and 
Vegetable Division, Agricultural Marketing Service, U.S. Department of 
Agriculture, Stop 0235, Room 2086, South Agriculture Building, 1400 
Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20250-0235. Phone: (202) 690-
4944. Fax: (202) 720-0016. E-mail: dorian.lafond@usda.gov.

Alternate Delegate

    Paul South, PhD, Division of Plant and Diary Foods, Office of Food 
Safety, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, U.S. Food and 
Drug Administration, 5100 Paint Branch Parkway, College Park, MD 20740. 
Phone: (240) 402-1640. Fax: (301) 436-2561. E-mail: 
paul.south@fda.hhs.gov.

Worldwide Commodity Codex Committees (Adjourned)

Codex Committee on Cocoa Products and Chocolate (Adjourned sine die)

(Host Government--Switzerland)

U.S. Delegate

    Michelle Smith, PhD, Food Technologist, Office of Plant and Dairy 
Foods and Beverages, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, U.S. 
Food and Drug Administration (HFS-306), Harvey W. Wiley Federal 
Building, 5100 Paint Branch Parkway, College Park, MD 20740-3835. 
Phone: (240) 402-2024. Fax: (301) 436-2651. E-mail: 
michelle.smith@fda.hhs.gov.

Cereals, Pulses and Legumes (Adjourned Sine Die)

(Host Government--United States)

Delegate

    Henry Kim, PhD, Supervisory Chemist, Division of Plant Product 
Safety, Office of Plant and Dairy Foods, Center for Food Safety and 
Applied Nutrition, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, 5100 Paint Branch 
Parkway, College Park, MD 20740. Phone: (240) 402-2023. Fax: (301) 436-
2651. henry.kim@fda.hhs.gov.

Codex Committee on Meat Hygiene (Adjourned Sine Die)

(Host Government--New Zealand)

U.S. Delegate

    VACANT

Codex Committee on Milk and Milk Products (Adjourned Sine Die)

(Host Government--New Zealand)

U.S. Delegate

    Duane Spomer, Chief, Safety, Security and Emergency Preparedness 
Branch, Agricultural Marketing Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, 
Room 1114, South Agriculture Building, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., 
Washington, DC 20250. Phone: (202) 720-1861. Fax: (202) 690-2306. E-
mail: duane.spomer@usda.gov.

Alternate Delegate

    John F. Sheehan, Director, Division of Dairy and Egg Safety, Office 
of Plant and Dairy Foods and Beverages, Center for Food Safety and 
Applied Nutrition, U.S. Food and Drug Administration (HFS-306), Harvey 
W. Wiley Federal Building, 5100 Paint Branch Parkway, College Park, MD 
20740. Phone: (240) 402-1488. Fax: (301) 436-2632. E-mail: 
john.sheehan@fda.hhs.gov.

Codex Committee on Natural Mineral Waters

(Host Government--Switzerland)

U.S. Delegate

    Lauren Posnick Robin, Sc.D., Review Chemist, Office of Plant and 
Dairy Foods, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, U.S. Food 
and Drug Administration, Harvey W. Wiley Federal Building, 5100 Paint 
Branch Parkway, College Park, MD 20740-3835. Phone: (240) 402-1639. 
Fax: (301) 436-2651. E-mail: Lauren.Robin@fda.hhs.gov.

Codex Committee on Sugar (Adjourned Sine Die)

(Host Government--United Kingdom)

U.S. Delegate

    Martin J. Stutsman, J.D., Office of Food Safety (HFS-317), Center 
for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, U.S. Food and Drug 
Administration, 5100 Paint Branch Parkway, College Park, MD 20740-3835. 
Phone: (240) 402-1642. Fax: (301) 436-2651. E-mail: 
Martin.Stutsman@fda.hhs.gov.

Codex Committee on Vegetable Proteins (Adjourned Sine Die)

(Host Government--Canada)

U.S. Delegate

    Dr. Wilda H. Martinez, Area Director, ARS North Atlantic Area, 
Agricultural Research Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, 600 E. 
Mermaid Lane, Wyndmoor, PA 19038. Phone: (215) 233-6593. Fax: (215) 
233-6719. E-mail: wmartinez@ars.usda.gov.

Ad Hoc Intergovernmental Task Forces

Ad Hoc Intergovernmental Task Force on Animal Feeding

(Host government--Denmark)

Delegate

    Daniel G. McChesney, PhD, Director, Office of Surveillance & 
Compliance, Center for Veterinary Medicine, U.S. Food and Drug 
Administration, 7529 Standish Place, Rockville, MD 20855. Phone: (240) 
453-6830. Fax: (240) 453-6880. Daniel.McChesney@fda.hhs.gov.

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Alternate

    Dr. Patty Bennett, Branch Chief, Risk Assessment Division, Office 
of Public Health Science, Food Safety and Inspection Service, U.S. 
Department of Agriculture, 901 Aerospace Center, Washington, DC 20250. 
Phone: (202) 690-6189. patty.bennett@fsis.usda.gov.

Ad Hoc Intergovernmental Task Force on Antimicrobial Resistance

(Host Government--Republic of Korea)

U.S. Delegate

    David G. White, M.S., PhD, Director, Office of Research, U.S. Food 
and Drug Administration, Center for Veterinary Medicine, 8401 Muirkirk 
Road, Laurel, MD 20708. Phone: (301) 210-4187. Fax: (301) 210-4685. E-
mail: David.White@fda.hhs.gov.

Alternate Delegate

    Neena Anandaraman, D.V.M., Veterinary Medical Officer, Applied 
Epidemiology Division, Office of Public Health Science, Food Safety and 
Inspection Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, 1400 Independence 
Ave., SW., Room 343, Aerospace Center, Washington, DC 20250. Phone: 
(202)690-6429. Fax: (202) 720-8213. E-mail: 
neena.anandaraman@fsis.usda.gov.
    There are six regional coordinating committees:

Coordinating Committee for Africa,
Coordinating Committee for Asia,
Coordinating Committee for Europe,
Coordinating Committee for Latin America and the Caribbean,
Coordinating Committee for the Near East,
Coordinating Committee for North America and the Southwest, Pacific.

    Contact:
    Karen Stuck, United States Manager for Codex, U.S. Department of 
Agriculture, Office of Food Safety, Room 4861, South Agriculture 
Building, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20250-3700. 
Phone: (202) 205-7760. Fax: (202) 720-3157. E-mail: 
karen.stuck@osec.usda.gov.

[FR Doc. 2011-13985 Filed 6-2-11; 4:15 pm]
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