Constituent Update - January 31, 2014
Webinar Scheduled: Final Rule on New Generic Labeling
Effective Jan. 6, 2014, FSIS expanded the circumstances in which labels may be considered “generically approved.” This new rule will allow establishments to label a broader range of products without first submitting the label to the agency for approval. Companies will still need to submit labels bearing certain claims, such as organic, natural or animal-raising, as well as labels for temporary approval; products produced under religious exemption; and export-only that bear labeling deviations. FSIS will continue to verify that labels are accurate, not misleading and in compliance with all labeling features.
FSIS will host webinar on this subject on Feb. 11, 2014, all at 2 p.m. ET. To access the webinar, go to https://connect16.uc.att.com/usda/meet/?ExEventID=85277207 and follow the on-screen instructions. Please be sure to log on as a participant. For registration questions, contact Kristin Goodwin at (301) 504-0878 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
FSIS Food Recalls and Alerts
Stay up to date on FSIS’ food recalls and alerts by visiting FSIS’ Current Recalls and Alerts Web page at http://www.fsis.usda.gov/recalls.
You can also receive e-mail notifications when public health alerts and recalls are issued. Register at http://www.fsis.usda.gov/subscribe.
FSIS Policy Updates
On FSIS issues notices and directives to protect public health. All notices and directives are available at http://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsis/topics/regulations. The following policy updates were recently issued:
- Notice 04-14, Notification of Availability for the First Edition of the Guideline for Controlling Salmonella in Market Hogs
- Notice 06-14, Not Ready-To-Eat Comminuted Poultry Exploratory Sampling Project and Updating the PHIS Profile for Raw Turkey and Chicken Products
- Notice 07-14, Postage Rate Increase
- Notice 08-14, Temporary Suspension of Poultry Checklist
Export Requirement Updates
The Library of Export Requirements has been updated to reflect changes in export requirements for the following countries:
- United Arab Emirates
Complete information can be found at http://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsis/topics/international-affairs/exporting-products.
Public Meeting to Address Agenda Items for Codex Committee on Fresh Fruits, Vegetables
FSIS and the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS), are sponsoring a public meeting to provide information and to receive public comments on agenda items, and draft U.S. positions to be discussed at the 18th Session of the Codex Committee on Fresh Fruits and Vegetables (CCFFV). The session will be held in Thailand, Feb. 24-28, 2014.
The public meeting will be held Jan. 30, 2014, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at USDA Headquarters, Jamie L. Whitten Building, 1400 Independence Ave., SW, Room 107-A, Washington, DC 20250. Documents and agenda items related to the session of CCFFV will be accessible at the Codex website at http://www.codexalimentarius.org/meetings-reports/en/. To join the public meeting by conference call, participants should dial 1-888-844-9904 and use participant code: 512-6092.
During the meeting, the committee will discuss:
- Draft Codex standard for golden passion fruit
- Proposed draft Codex standard for durian
- Proposed draft Codex standard for okra
- Review of the maturity requirements in the Codex standard for table grapes
- Proposed layout for Codex standards for fresh fruits and vegetables
- Proposal for new work on a Codex standard for the Ware potato
- Proposal for new work on Codex standards for fresh fruits and vegetables
- Review of the terms of reference of the CCFFV, i.e. direct reference to “consult with the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Working Party on Agricultural Quality Standards.”
CCFFV is responsible for elaborating worldwide standards and codes of practice as may be appropriate for fresh fruits and vegetables. The group consults with UNECE and other international organizations working partly to explain worldwide standards and codes of practice and avoid duplication in the standards development process.
Codex was established in 1963 by the Food and Agriculture Organization and the World Health Organization. Codex seeks to protect the health of consumers and ensure fair practices in the food trade through adoption of food standards, codes of practice and other guidelines developed by its committees and by promoting their adoption and implementation by governments.
For more information about the public meeting, or to submit written comments about the 18th Session of the CCFFV, please contact: Dorian Lafond, Agricultural Marketing Service, Fruits and Vegetables Division, Mailstop 0235, Room 2086, South Building, 1400 Independence Ave., SW, Washington, DC 20250-0235; Telephone: 202-690-4944, Fax: 202-720-0016 or via E-mail at email@example.com.
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