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Codex News - February 7, 2014

Upcoming Committee Meetings

Committee on Spices and Culinary Herbs (CCSCH) will hold its inaugural session in Kochi, India, February 11-14.  The agenda for this session will feature discussion to establish the Committee’s work management process, set priorities, and consider proposals for new work.

Committee on Fish and Fishery Products (CCFFP) will hold its 33rd Session in Bergen, Norway, February 17-21. The Committee will consider three topics at Step 6:  draft Performance Criteria for Reference and Confirmatory Methods for Marine Toxins; the draft section on food additives for the Standard for Smoked Fish, Smoke-Flavored Fish, and Smoke-Dried Fish; and the draft Standard for Raw, Fresh and Quick Frozen Scallop Products.  The Committee will also consider draft Codes of Practice for the processing of scallop meat, sturgeon caviar, and fish sauce, and discussion papers on histamine and nitrogen factors.

Committee on Fresh Fruits and Vegetables (CCFFV) will hold its 18th Session in Phuket, Thailand, February 24-28.  The Committee will consider draft standards for golden passion fruit, durian, and okra, as well as new work on ware potatoes and a review of the Committee’s terms of reference.

Upcoming Public Meetings

The U.S. Delegate to the Committee on Food Additives (CCFA) will conduct a public meeting on Tuesday, February 11, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon, at the Harvey Wiley Federal Building of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, 5100 Paint Branch Parkway, College Park, Maryland, rooms 1A-001 and 1A-002. The purpose of this public meeting is to present draft U.S. positions on the topics to be discussed at the upcoming meeting of CCFA.  Persons interested in participating in the public meeting by teleconference can receive a call-in number and participant code by contacting ccfa@fda.hhs.gov.  CCFA will hold its 46th session in Hong Kong, March 17-21; the proposed agenda for this session is available at http://www.codexalimentarius.org/meetings-reports/en/.

Electronic Working Groups

The United States will lead an electronic working group (eWG) to recommend a draft nutrient reference value on non-communicable disease for potassium.  The eWG will be co-chaired by Chile.  Organizations and individuals interested in contributing to US participation in this working groups should send their name, title, and contact information to the US Codex Office (uscodex@fsis.usda.gov) by March 21.  Member countries and observer organizations should send the representative’s name, official title, member country or organization, email address and language of preference (English or Spanish) to Paula Trumbo (paula.trumbo@fda.hhs.gov) and Paolo Castro (paolo.castro@minsal.cl) by March 31.

Comments Requested

The Codex Secretariat requests comments on the proposed schedules and priority lists for pesticides to be considered by the Committee on Pesticide Residues (CCPR).   Organizations and individuals in the United States interested in contributing to the U.S. response to this request should send their comments to USCodex@fsis.usda.gov by February 21.  Codex Member countries and observer organizations should submit their comments to Ian Reichstein (ian.reichstein@daff.gov.au), chairperson of the CCPR working group on priorities, with copies to the Codex Secretariat (codex@fao.org) and Lifang Duan of the CCPR Secretariat (ccpr@agri.gov.cn) by March 1.  The letter circulated by the Codex Secretariat inviting comments on the proposed schedules and priority lists is available at: http://www.codexalimentarius.org/circular-letters/

CCPR will meet in China, May 5-10, 2014.

Other News

The Codex Secretariat announced a special two-hour event on the relationship of Codex and the Committee of Fresh Fruits and Vegetables (CCFFV) with the Fruit and Vegetable Scheme of the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).  This event will take place midday on February 24, in Phuket, Thailand, at the venue for the 18th Session of CCFFV (February 24-28).  The program will include presentations by the OECD Secretariat on the Fruit and Vegetable Scheme and on the OECD’s explanatory brochure on pomegranates, by the United States on the development of a Codex standard for pomegranates.

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