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Codex News - January 10, 2014

New Electronic Working Groups (eWG)

Committee on Food Hygiene (CCFH) invites Codex members and observers to join an eWG, chaired by the United States and co-chaired by Denmark, working in English only, to start new work on Guidelines for the Control of Nontyphoidal Salmonella spp. in Beef and Pork. The Guidelines will provide a framework which countries can utilize to establish control measures appropriate to their national situation and will focus on control measures for primary production, processing and distribution. The guidelines will also cover validation and verification of control measures, as well as monitoring and review.  Collaboration with OIE on pre-harvest measures will be initiated as well.  Countries and organizations interested in participating should provide the name, official title, and e-mail address of their representatives to the U.S. Codex Office (USCodex@fsis.usda.gov) with a copy to Barbara McNiff (Barbara.McNiff@fsis.usda.gov) and Gudrun Sandoe (gus@fvst.dk) by Friday, February 7, 2014.

Upcoming Workshops

Committee on Food Import and Export Inspection and Certification Systems (CCFICS):   At its 20th Session in Chiang Mai, Thailand, the Committee discussed the following work:

  • Burden of Multiple Questionnaires Directed at Exporting Countries for Initiating Market Access (led by Costa Rica), and
  • Monitoring Regulatory Performance of National Food Control Systems (led by the United States).

During the discussion on the monitoring of regulatory performance, the Chairperson noted that regional workshops could be an efficient tool to demystify and clarify the intent of the proposal. In view of this and the discussion on the proposal relating to the burden of multiple questionnaires, the Committee agreed to hold two workshops to allow for extensive discussion on both topics.  The first workshop took place in San José, Costa Rica, from December 3-6, 2013. 

The second workshop is planned for February 3-5, 2014, in Brussels, Belgium, with one day of discussion on the burden of questionnaires and two days of discussion on monitoring the performance of national food control systems.  Interpretation in French, English and Spanish will be available at this meeting. Member delegations are limited to a maximum of 2 people due to limited meeting space.

Participants should complete the registration forms sent to their Codex Contact Points and email them to Codex Australia (Codex.contact@daff.gov.au) by January 10, 2014.   Parties in the United States interested in contributing to the U.S. response should contact the U.S. Codex Office (USCodex@fsis.usda.gov) as soon as possible.

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