Public Meeting to Address Agenda Items for Codex Committee on Fresh Fruits and Vegetables
Congressional and Public Affairs
Steven Van Der Werff
WASHINGTON, Jan. 27, 2014 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), and the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS), are sponsoring a public meeting to provide information and 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 18th 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 Avenue SW, Room 107-A, Washington, DC 20250. Documents and agenda items related to the 18th session of CCFFV will be accessible at the Codex website: http://www.codexalimentarius.org/meetings-reports/en/ . To join the public meeting by conference call, 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, Stop 0235, Room 2086, South Building, 1400 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20250-0235; Telephone: (202) 690-4944, Fax:(202) 720-0016. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.