[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 15 (Wednesday, January 23, 2013)]
[Notices]
[Pages 4829-4830]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office
[FR Doc No: 2013-01237]


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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Food Safety and Inspection Service

[Docket No. FSIS-2012-0055]


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

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

ACTION: Notice of public meeting and request for comments.

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SUMMARY: The Office of the Under Secretary for Food Safety, U.S. 
Department of Agriculture (USDA), and the Food and Drug Administration 
(FDA), Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN), are 
sponsoring a public meeting on February 5, 2013. 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 23rd Session of the Codex Committee on Fats and Oils 
(CCFO) of the Codex Alimentarius Commission (Codex), which will be held 
in Langkawi, Malaysia, February 25-March 1, 2013. The Under Secretary 
for Food Safety and FDA recognize the importance of providing 
interested parties the opportunity to obtain background information on 
the 23rd Session of the CCFO and to address items on the agenda.

DATES: The public meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, February 5, 2013, 
from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

ADDRESSES: The public meeting will be held at FDA, CFSAN, Harvey Wiley 
Building, Room 1A-002, 5100 Paint Branch Parkway, College Park, MD 
20740. Documents related to the 23rd Session of the CCFO will be 
accessible via the World Wide Web at the following address: http://www.codexalimentarius.org/meetings-reports/en/.
    Martin J. Stutsman, U.S. Delegate to the 23rd Session of the CCFO, 
invites U.S. interested parties to submit their comments electronically 
to the following email address: Martin.Stutsman@fda.hhs.gov.
    Call-In Number:
    If you wish to participate in the public meeting for the 23rd 
Session of the CCFO by conference call, please use the call-in number 
and participant code listed below:

Call-in Number: 1-888-858-2144
Participant Code: 6208658

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION ABOUT THE 23rd SESSION OF THE CCFO CONTACT:  
Martin Stutsman, J.D., Office of Food Safety, CFSAN, FDA, 5100 Paint 
Branch Parkway, College Park, MD 20740, Phone: +1(240) 402-1642, Fax: 
+1(301) 436-2651, Email: 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: +1(202) 205-7760, Fax: +1(202) 720-3157, 
Email: Marie.Maratos@fsis.usda.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

Background

    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 the food 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 23rd Session of the CCFO 
will be discussed during the public meeting:
     Matters Referred by the Codex Alimentarius Commission and 
Other Codex Committees
     Proposed Draft Standard for Fish Oils
     Proposed Draft Amendment to Parameters for Rice Bran Oil 
in the Standard for Named Vegetable Oils

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     Discussion Paper on the Amendment of the Standard for 
Named Vegetable Oils: Sunflower Seed Oils
     Discussion Paper on Cold Pressed Oils
     Discussion Paper on the Amendment of the Standard for 
Named Vegetable Oils: High Oleic Soybean Oil
     Discussion Paper on the Amendment of the Standard for 
Named Vegetable Oils for the addition of Palm Oil with High Oleic Acid 
OxG
     Discussion Paper on the Revision of the Limit for 
Campesterol in the Codex Standard for Olive Oils and Olive Pomace Oils
     Discussion Paper on the Amendment of the Standard for 
Olive Oils and Olive Pomace Oils: Content of Delta-7-Stigmastenol
     Reference to Acceptance/Voluntary Application in Codex 
Standards
     Other Business and Future Work
    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 5, 2013, 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 23rd Session of the CCFO, Martin Stutsman (see ADDRESSES). Written 
comments should state that they relate to activities of the 23rd 
Session of the CCFO.

Additional Public Notification

    FSIS will announce this notice online through the FSIS Web page 
located at http://www.fsis.usda.gov/regulations_&_policies/Federal_Register_Notices/index.asp.
    FSIS will also make copies of this Federal Register publication 
available through the FSIS Constituent Update, which is used to provide 
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consumer interest groups, health professionals, and other individuals 
who have asked to be included. The Update is also available on the FSIS 
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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, or 
audiotape.) should contact USDA's Target Center at 202-720-2600 (voice 
and TTY).
    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 202-720-5964 (voice and TTY). 
USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

    Done at Washington, DC on: January 4, 2013.
Mary Frances Lowe,
U.S. Manager for Codex Alimentarius.
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