[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 21 (Thursday, January 31, 2013)]
[Notices]
[Pages 6804-6805]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office 
[FR Doc No: 2013-02108]


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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Food Safety and Inspection Service

[Docket No. FSIS-2013-0001]


Codex Alimentarius Commission: Meeting of the Codex Committee on 
Food Labeling

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), are sponsoring a public meeting on April 17, 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 41st Session of the Codex Committee on Food 
Labeling (CCFL) of the Codex Alimentarius Commission (Codex), which 
will be held in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada from May 
14-17, 2013. The Under Secretary for Food Safety and FDA recognize the 
importance of providing interested parties the opportunity to obtain 
background information on the 41st Session of the CCFL, and to address 
items on the agenda.

DATES: The public meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, April 17, 2013, 
from 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.

ADDRESSES: The public meeting will be held at the Jamie L. Whitten 
Building, USDA, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Room 107-A, Washington, 
DC 20250.
    Documents related to the 41st Session of the CCFL will be 
accessible via the World Wide Web at the following address: http://www.codexalimentarius.org/meetings-reports/en/.
    The U.S. Delegate to the 41st Session of the CCFL invites U.S. 
interested parties to submit their comments electronically to the 
following email address: ccfl@fda.hhs.gov.
    Call-In Number:
    If you wish to participate in the public meeting for the 41st 
Session of the CCFL, 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 41st Session of the CCFL: 
Contact: Office of Nutrition, Labeling, and Dietary Supplements, Center 
for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, FDA, 5100 Paint Branch Parkway 
(HFS-800), College Park, MD 20740, Email: ccfl@fda.hhs.gov.
    For Further Information About the Public Meeting Contact: Doreen 
Chen-Moulec, U.S. Codex Office, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Room 
4861, Washington, DC 20250, Telephone: (202) 205-7760, Fax: (202) 720-
3157, Email: uscodex@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 fair practices in the food 
trade.
    The CCFL is responsible for:
    (a) Drafting provisions on labeling applicable to all foods;
    (b) Considering, amending if necessary, and endorsing draft 
specific provisions on labeling prepared by the Codex Committees 
drafting standards, codes of practice and guidelines;
    (c) Studying specific labeling problems assigned to it by Codex; 
and
    (d) Studying problems associated with the advertisement of food 
with particular reference to claims and misleading descriptions.
    The Committee is hosted by Canada.

Issues To Be Discussed at the Public Meeting

    The following items on the agenda for the 41st Session of the CCFL 
will be discussed during the public meeting:
     Matters referred to the CCFL.
     Consideration of labeling provisions in draft Codex 
standards.
     Implementation of the World Health Organization Global 
Strategy on Diet, Physical Activity and Health.
    (a) Proposed draft revision of the Guidelines on Nutrition and 
Health Claims concerning Non-Addition of Sodium Salts
     Guidelines for the Production, Processing, Labeling and 
Marketing of Organically Produced Foods.
    (a) Use of ethylene as sprouting inhibitor for onions and potatoes.
    (b) Organic aquaculture.
     Discussion Paper on Issues Related to Date Marking.
     Discussion Paper on Labeling of Food Derived from Crops 
Biofortified by Natural Selection
     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 these documents (see ADDRESSES).

Public Meeting

    At the April 17, 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 41st 
Session of the CCFL (see ADDRESSES). Written comments should state that 
they relate to activities of the 41st Session of the CCFL.

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Additional Public Notification

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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 24, 2013.
Mary Frances Lowe,
U.S. Manager for Codex Alimentarius.
[FR Doc. 2013-02108 Filed 1-30-13; 8:45 am]
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