Executive Committee (CCEXEC) will meet in Rome, Italy, June 26-29, to conduct the critical review of
proposed standards and related texts to be submitted to the Codex Alimentarius Commission. Also on the agenda is continued
implementation of the current Strategic Plan and development of a new Strategic Plan for 2014-2019. The United States is a
member of this Committee.
Codex Alimentarius Commission (CAC) will meet in Rome, Italy, July 2-7, 2012, and the core of the
agenda is consideration of proposed amendments to the Procedural Manual, the adoption of 23 new or revised standards (or groups
of standards) proposed by 12 committees (along with the revocation of existing standards that are being superseded by any newly
adopted standards), and the consideration of proposals for new work or the discontinuation of work proposed by committees.
Agendas for the both committees are available on line at:
this site features links to the relevant documents that will be under consideration by the Executive Committee and the Codex
Committee for Latin America & Caribbean (CCLAC): A group of 18 officials who work on Codex
issues from Costa Rica as well as from 10 Caribbean countries (Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica, Dominican Republic,
Grenada, Haiti, Jamaica, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, and Trinidad & Tobago) participated in a Codex
SPS Workshop, on June 11-12, in San Jose, Costa Rica. The program was organized by the U.S. Codex Office, in conjunction with
the U.S. Foreign Agricultural Service. The purpose of the program was to provide advice for strengthening Codex programs
in their own countries as well as for enhancing Caribbean participation in Codex meetings.
Electronic Working Groups (eWG)
Committee on Food Additives (CCFA) established a new eWG on prioritization criteria for the
re-evaluation of food additives by the Joint FAO/WHO Expert Committee on Food Additives (JECFA). The eWG plans to (1) compile
information from members and other organizations, including from the industry producing food additives, on the detailed list of
the 107 food colors evaluated by JECFA since 1956; and (2) establish a prioritized list of food colors based on the prioritization
tool. Canada will lead this eWG. Observers interested in participating in this eWG should provide the name(s), official title,
and email address of their representative(s) to Dr. Madeline Weld
with a copy to the Canadian Codex contact point at Codex_Canada@hc-sc.gc.ca
by July 6, 2012. Parties in the United States that are interested in contributing to the U.S. participation in this eWG should
contact the U.S. Codex Office (USCodex@fsis.usda.gov).
Committee on Food Hygiene (CCFH): The United States is leading an eWG on the revision of the Codex of
Practice for Spices and Dried Aromatic Plants (CAC/RPC 42-1995). Parties interested in participating should forward contact
information to Jenny Scott, Senior Adviser, Office of Food Safety, U.S. Food and Drug Administration (Jenny.Scott@fda.hhs.gov)
and to Jane Van Doren, Interdisciplinary Scientist, U.S. Food and Drug Administration (firstname.lastname@example.org) by June 29, 2012.
Committee on Food Hygiene (CCFH): The United States is leading a working group on the establishment
of CCFH work priorities, and has invited member governments to propose new work for consideration by the working group, including
the possible revision and/or revocation of existing codes of practice. Comments should be sent to Jenny Scott, Senior Adviser,
Office of Food Safety, U.S. Food and Drug Administration (email@example.com),
and to Barbara McNiff, Senior Advisor, U.S. Codex Office (Barbara.McNiff@fsis.usda.gov),
with a copy to the Codex Secretariat (firstname.lastname@example.org) by September 7, 2012.
The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Health Organization (WHO) invite comments on a new paper:
State of the art on the initiatives and activities relevant to risk assessment and risk management of nanotechnologies in the
food and agriculture sectors. This document is available for review at:
http://www.fao.org/food/food-safety-quality/home-page/en/ (Under "News") and
FAO_WHO_Nano_Paper_Public_Review_20120608.pdf (Direct link to the document).
Comments should be sent to Masami Takeuchi (Masami.Takeuchi@fao.org) with a copy to
Mina Kojima (email@example.com) by no later than November 30, 2012.
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