|Food Safety and Inspection
United States Department of Agriculture
Washington, D.C. 20250-3700
On March 15, 2004, Agriculture Secretary Ann M. Veneman announced details for an expanded surveillance effort for Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) in the United States. The plan incorporates recommendations from members of the international scientific review panel and authors of the Harvard Center for Risk Analysis report on BSE.
The primary focus of USDA’s enhanced surveillance effort will continue to be the highest risk populations for the disease, but USDA will greatly increase the number of target animals surveyed and will include a random sampling of apparently normal, aged animals. A copy of the BSE Surveillance Plan* can be found at: http://www.aphis.usda.gov/lpa/issues/bse/BSE_Surveil_Plan03-15-04.pdf.
FSIS will continue accepting comments on the new regulations addressing BSE until April 12. Any comments should be directed to: FSIS Docket Clerk, Docket #03-0381F, Room 102, Cotton Annex, 300 12th Street, SW, Washington, DC 20250-3700. Complete information on new regulations can be found at: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/OA/news/2004/bseregs.htm.
On March 11, 2004, the delegate report of Codex Committee on Meat Hygiene of the Codex Alimentarius Commission was made available to the public. The meeting was held in Auckland, New Zealand, on February 16-20, 2004, with the U.S. represented by Dr. Perfecto Santiago, U.S. Delegate, and Dr. William James, Alternate U.S. Delegate. The report of the session is available online at: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/oa/codex/rep_mh2004.htm.
The Library of Export Requirements has been updated to reflect changes in export requirements for Hong Kong, Mexico, Philippines, Republic of Korea, Romania, Saudi Arabia, and Western Samoa. Complete information can be found at http://www.fsis.usda.gov/OFO/export/explib.htm
A number of public meetings have been scheduled to occur prior to Codex Committee sessions this year. The Delegates to the Codex Committee on Food Additives and Contaminants (CCFAC), the Codex Committee on Methods of Analysis and Sampling (CCMAS), the Codex Committee on Milk and Milk Products (CCMMP), the Codex Committee on General Principles (CCGP) and the Codex Committee on Food Labeling (CCFL) have all posted public meetings. The dates, times, and locations for these meetings are available at http://www.fsis.usda.gov/oa/codex/meeting.htm.
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