[Federal Register: December 14, 1999 (Volume 64, Number 239)]

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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE



Food Safety and Inspection Service

[Docket No. 99-061N]



 

Codex Alimentarius: Eighth Session of the Codex Committee on Food 

Import and Export Inspection and Certification Systems (CCFICS)



AGENCY: Food Safety and Inspection Service.



ACTION: Notice of public meetings and request for comments.



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SUMMARY: The Office of the Under Secretary for Food Safety, and the 

Food Safety and Inspection Service, United States Department of 

Agriculture; and the Food and Drug Administration, United States 

Department of Health and Human Services, are sponsoring two public 

meetings to provide information and receive public comments on issues 

that will be discussed at the CCFICS, which will be held in Adelaide, 

Australia, February 21-25, 2000. The Departments recognize the 

importance of providing interested parties the opportunity to obtain 

background information on the Eighth Session of the CCFICS and to 

address items on the Agenda.



DATES: The first public meeting is scheduled for Thursday, January 13, 

2000, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. to review the technical content of 

the various documents coming before the Session. The second public 

meeting is scheduled for Thursday, February 10, 2000, from 1:00 p.m. to 

4:00 p.m. to review the U.S. Government positions on the agenda items.



ADDRESSES: Both public meetings will be held in Room 1409, Federal 

Office Building 8, 200 C Street SW, Washington, DC (Metro Rail Stop is 

Federal Center SW)

    Send an original and two copies of comments to: FSIS Docket Clerk, 

Docket #99-061N, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and 

Inspection Service, Room 102, Cotton Annex, 300 12th Street SW, 

Washington, DC 20250-3700. Comments should be submitted by February 4, 

2000. All comments submitted in response to this notice will be 

available for public inspection in the Docket Clerk's Office between 

8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.



FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Patrick J. Clerkin, Associate U.S. 

Manager for Codex, U.S. Codex Office, Food Safety and Inspection 

Service, Room 4861, South Building, 1400 Independence Avenue SW, 

Washington, DC 20250-3700, Phone: (202) 205-7760, Fax: (202) 720-3157. 

Persons requiring a sign language interpreter or other special 

accommodations should notify Mr. Clerkin at the above numbers.



SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:



Background



    Codex was established in 1962 by two United Nations organizations, 

the Food and Agriculture Organization and the World Health 

Organization. Codex is the major international organization for 

encouraging fair international trade in food and protecting the health 

and economic interests of consumers. 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 ensure that the world's food supply is 

sound, wholesome, free from adulteration, and correctly labeled.

    The Codex Committee on Food Import and Export Inspection and 

Certification Systems was established to develop principles and 

guidelines for food import and export inspection and certification 

systems to facilitate trade through harmonization and to supply safe, 

high quality foods to consumers. Recognition of quality assurance 

systems through the development of guidelines will help ensure that 

foods conform to the essential requirements.

    Issues to be Discussed at both Public Meetings

    <bullet> Proposed Draft Guidelines/Recommendations for Food Import 

Control Systems

    <bullet> Proposed Draft Guidelines and Criteria for Official 

Certificate Formats and Rules Relating to the Production and Issuance 

of Certificates

    <bullet> Proposed Draft Guidelines for the Utilization and 

Promotion of Quality Assurance Systems

    <bullet> Discussion Paper on the Judgement of Equivalence on 

Sanitary Measures Associated with Food Inspection and Certification 

Systems

    <bullet> Discussion Paper on the Judgement on Equivalence of 

Technical Regulations Associated with Food Inspection and Certification 

Systems



Additional Public Notification



    Public awareness of all segments of rulemaking and policy 

development is important. Consequently, in an effort to better ensure 

that minorities, women, and persons with disabilities are aware of 

these public meetings, FSIS will announce them and provide copies of 

this Federal Register publication in the FSIS Constituent Update. FSIS 

provides a weekly FSIS Constituent Update, which is communicated via 

fax to over 300 organizations and individuals. In addition, the update 

is available on line through the FSIS web page located at http://

www.fsis.usda.gov. The update is used to provide information regarding 

FSIS policies, procedures, regulations, Federal Register notices, FSIS 

public meetings, recalls, and any other types of information that could 

affect or would be of interest to our constituents/stakeholders. The 

constituent fax list consists of industry, trade, and farm groups, 

consumer interest groups, allied health professionals, scientific 

professionals, and other individuals that have requested to be 

included. Through these various channels, FSIS is able to provide 

information to a much broader, more diverse audience. For more 

information and to be added to the constituent fax list, fax your 

request to the Congressional and Public Affairs Office, at (202) 720-

5704.





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    Done at Washington, DC, on; December 6, 1999.

F. Edward Scarbrough,

U.S. Manager for Codex.

[FR Doc. 99-32286 Filed 12-13-99; 8:45 am]

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