Public Meeting to Address Agenda Items for Codex Committee on Veterinary Drugs in Foods
WASHINGTON, July 31, 2013 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), in conjunction with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Center for Veterinary Medicine, is sponsoring a public meeting to provide information and receive public comments on agenda items, and draft U.S. positions to be discussed at the 21st Session of the Codex Committee on Residues of Veterinary Drugs in Foods (CCRVDF). The 21st Session will be held in Minneapolis, Minnesota from August 26-30, 2013.
The public meeting will be held on August 5, 2013, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the USDA – Jamie L. Whitten Building, U. S. Department of Agriculture, 1400 Independence Ave, Room 107-A, Washington, D.C., 20250. Documents and agenda items related to the 21st Session of the CCRVDF will be accessible at the Codex website: www.codexalimentarius.org. To join the public meeting by conference call, dial 1 (888) 858-2144 and use participant code: 6208658.
During the meeting, the committee will discuss:
- Matters arising from the Food and Agriculture Organization and the World Health Organization (FAO/WHO) and from the Joint FAO/WHO Expert Committee on Food Additives (JECFA)
- The draft priority list of veterinary drugs requiring evaluation or re-evaluation by JECFA
- The draft Maximum Residue Limits (MRLs) for veterinary drugs (at Step 6)
- The proposed draft MRLs for veterinary drugs (at Step 4)
- The database on countries’ needs for MRLs
- Risk Management Recommendations for Residues of Veterinary Drugs for which no MRLs have been recommended by JECFA due to Specific Human Health Concerns
- Proposed draft guidelines on performance characteristics for multi-residue methods
- Matters referred by the Codex Alimentarius Commission and other Codex Committees and Task Forces
Codex was established in 1963 by FAO/WHO. 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 21st Session of the CCRVDF, contact: Kenneth Lowery, U.S. Codex Office, Room 4861, 1400 Independence Avenue, Washington, DC 20250, telephone: (202) 690-4042, fax: (202) 720–3157 or e-mail: Kenneth.Lowery@fsis.usda.gov.