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Codex News - December 2, 2016

A summary of recent and upcoming events published biweekly; direct inquiries to USCodex@fsis.usda.gov

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Request for Comments

Committee on Milk and Milk Products (CCMMP) 

Dairy Permeate Powders:  The Codex Secretariat has issued a Circular Letter (CL 2016/46-MMP) requesting comments on the Analysis of Responses to CL 2016/25-MMP: Draft Standard for Dairy Permeate Powders.  The CL is currently available in English on the Codex Website at the following link: http://www.fao.org/fao-who-codexalimentarius/circular-letters/en/.   If you are interested in having your comments considered in the U.S. response to this CL, please send your comments to Ken Lowery in the U.S. Codex Office (kenneth.lowery@fsis.usda.gov) by December 12, 2016.  Other Countries and Observers should send their comments via their Codex Contact Points to the Codex Contact Point for New Zealand (CodexNZ@mpi.govt.nz) with a copy to the Codex Secretariat (codex@fao.org) by December 23, 2016.

Committee on Sugars (CCS)

Non-centrifuged dehydrated sugar cane juice:  The Codex Secretariat has issued a Circular Letter (CL 2016/45-CS) requesting comments on the scope and definition for the draft Standard for Non-centrifuged dehydrated sugar cane juice.   The CL is currently available in English and Spanish on the Codex Website at the following link:  http://www.fao.org/fao-who-codexalimentarius/circular-letters/en/.   If you are interested in having your comments considered in the U.S. response to this CL, please send your comments to Marie Maratos in the U.S. Codex Office (marie.maratos@fsis.usda.gov) by January 15, 2017.  Other Countries and Observers should send their comments via their Codex Contact Points to the Codex Contact Point of Colombia (bolarte@minsalud.gov.co) with a copy to jmunoz@mincit.gov.co by January 31, 2017.

Committee on Food Hygiene (CCFH)

Fresh Fruits and Vegetables:The Codex Secretariat has issued a Circular Letter (CL 2016/49-FH) requesting comments at Step 5/8 on the Proposed Draft Revision of the Code of Hygienic Practice for Fresh Fruits and Vegetables (CAC/RCP 53-2003). The CL is currently available in English on the Codex Website at the following link:  http://www.fao.org/fao-who-codexalimentarius/circular-letters/en/.   If you are interested in having your comments considered in the U.S. response to this CL, please send your comments to Barbara McNiff in the U.S. Codex Office (barbara.mcniff@fsis.usda.gov) by May 1, 2017.  Other Countries and Observers should upload comments directly to the Codex Online Commenting System (OCS) https://ocs.codexalimentarius.org/ by May 31, 2017.

Electronic Working Groups (eWG)

Committee on Contaminants in Foods (CCCF)

Cadmium in Cocoa:  has extended the deadline to register for the eWG, chaired by Ecuador and co-chaired by Brazil and Ghana, on the establishment for maximum levels for cadmium in chocolate and cocoa-derived products. Individuals in the United States interested in participating in the eWG that have not previously expressed their interest should contact the U.S. Codex Office (USCodex@fsis.usda.gov) as soon as possible.  Other Codex members and Observers should send their full contact details via their Codex Contact Points to codexalimentarius@normalizacion.gob.ec  with copy to the e-mail cccf.ewg.ecuador@agrocalidad.gob.ec  by December 5, 2016.

Committee on Residues of Veterinary Drugs in Foods (CCRVDF)

Prioritization: CCRVDFinvites Members and Observers to join an eWG, co-chaired by Costa Rica and the United States, working in English and Spanish, on the Prioritization of Countries’ Needs for Veterinary Drug MRLs.  The specific terms of reference are to consider the complete results of the global survey in order to identify priority veterinary drugs and identify information gaps for a successful and comprehensive assessment by JECFA.  Individuals in the United States, as well as other Codex members and Observers, should send their full contact details via their Codex Contact Points to the following email addresses:  brandi.robinson@fda.hhs.gov, alasso@meic.go.cr and hfernandez@senasa.go.cr  no later than December 16, 2016.

MRLs for groups of fish species:  CCRVDFinvites Members and Observers to join an eWG, co-chaired by Norway and Japan, working officially in English only, to develop a discussion paper on the feasibility of establishing MRLs for groups of fish species for veterinary drugs being considered by JECFA/CCRVDF.Chile and Senegal have offered to provide translations of relevant EWG documents to facilitate the participation of Spanish and French-speaking countries.  Individuals in the United States interested in participating in the eWG should contact the US Codex Office (uscodex@fsis.usda.gov) by December 27, 2016.  Other Codex members and Observers should send their full contact details via their Codex Contact Points to the following email addresses:  ewgfishspec@mattilsynet.no  and yuko_endo700@maff.go.jp by January 1, 2017.

Offal: CCRVDFinvites Members and Observers to join an eWG, chaired by Kenya, working in English only, to prepare a discussion paper on the possible definition of edible offal tissue and to specify edible offal tissues of interest in international trade.  Individuals in the United States interested in participating in the eWG should contact the US Codex Office (uscodex@fsis.usda.gov) by January 11, 2017.  Other Codex members and Observers should send their full contact details via their Codex Contact Points to the following email addresses:  aazegele@kilimo.go.ke, nsongok@kilimo.go.ke,  and akothe@kebs.org  no later than January 15, 2017.

Other News

83rd JECFA Summary Report:  The summary report for the 83rd meeting of JECFA, held in Rome, Italy, from November 8-17, 2016, has been published and is now available on the FAO and WHO websites at:

Corrigendum to the Call for Data:  A Call for data was recently issued for the 85th meeting of the Joint FAO/WHO Expert Committee on Food Additives (JECFA) which will be dedicated to the evaluation of veterinary drug residues in food.  The meeting will now be held one week earlier than previously announced, from October 17-26, 2017, in Geneva, Switzerland.  The deadline for the data submission is still March 31, 2017.   Additional information and the call for data are available on the FAO and WHO websites at:

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Last Modified Dec 02, 2016