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Codex News - April 4, 2014

Upcoming Public Meetings

Committee on Pesticide Residues (CCPR):  USDA and EPA will convene a public meeting on April 10, 2014, from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., to review draft U.S. positions on agenda items that will be considered at the 46th CCPR session, scheduled for May 5-10, 2014, in Nanjing, China.  The public meeting will take place at the EPA, One Potomac Yard, 2777 South Crystal Drive, Room S-7100, Arlington, VA.   Individuals may also participate via teleconference with the following call-in information:  within U.S. 1-866-299-3188; international (706) 758-1822; Participant Code: 7033056463#.   Some of the agenda items that will come up at this year’s session include: 

  • Matters of interest arising from the Food and Agriculture Organization and the World Health Organization (FAO/WHO) and other international organizations
  • The continued revision of the Risk Analysis Principles applied by the CCPR
  • Establishment of Codex Priority Lists of Pesticides
  • Guidance on Performance Criteria for Suitability Assessment of Methods of Analysis for Pesticide Residues
  • Discussion paper on Guidance to Facilitate the Establishment of Maximum Residue Limits for Pesticides for Minor Uses and Specialty Crops 

Electronic Working Groups (eWG)

Committee on Spices and Culinary Herbs (CCSCH) invites Codex members and observers to join an eWG, chaired by India, working in English only, to prepare a discussion paper on Grouping of Spices and Culinary Herbs.  The Terms of Reference for the eWG are as follows: 

  1. clarify the intent and purpose of the grouping of spices and culinary herbs, including the rationale; and
  2. propose grouping of spices culinary herbs taking into account scientific and technical information and the work on classification and grouping used by other Committees (e.g. CCPR).

Individuals in the United States interested in participating should provide their name, official title, and e-mail address to the U.S. Codex Office (USCodex@fsis.usda.gov) by April 14, 2014.  Individuals in other Member countries and organizations interested in participating should forward their information directly to codex-india@nic.in by April 15, 2014.

Committee on Food Hygiene (CCFH) invites Codex members and observers to join an eWG, led by Brazil and co-chaired by France, working in English and French, to revise the Code of Hygienic Practice for Fresh Fruits and Vegetables and all its Annexes (CAC/RCP 53-2003), taking into account the Discussion Paper presented by Brazil and the comments received at the November 2013 Session. The goal is for this discussion paper is to provide a consolidated version of the Code, eliminating duplication and redundancies and identifying any additional provisions that might be missing. The Committee agreed that the eWG would also prepare a project document for new work if substantial changes were proposed to the Code.

Individuals in the United States interested in participating should provide their name, official title, and e-mail address to the U.S. Codex Office (USCodex@fsis.usda.gov) by April 28, 2014.  Individuals in other Member countries and organizations interested in participating should forward their information directly to Andrea Silva (inspecao.alimentos@anvisa.gov.br) and Anselme Agbessi (anselme.agbessi@dgccrf.finances.gouv.fr), with copy to Denise Resende (denise.resende@anvisa.gov.br) by May 1, 2014.

Coordinating Committee on Africa (CCAFRICA) has extended the deadline for comments and information on the eWG, led by Botswana and Côte d’Ivoire, working in English and French, to identify and rank African regional food products suitable for a Codex Standard (regional or international) for discussion at the next session of the Committee (REP13/AFRICA, paras 84 –85). (ftp://ftp.fao.org/codex/meetings/CCAFRICA/CCAFRICA20/ca20_02e.pdf).

Individuals in the United States interested in submitting comments and/or information should provide their name, official title, and e-mail address to the U.S. Codex Office (USCodex@fsis.usda.gov) by September 1, 2014.  Individuals in other Member countries and organizations interested in submitting comments and/or information should forward their information directly to Botswana: kseipone@gov.bw and htarimo@gov.bw and to Ivory Coast: codexalimentariusci@yahoo.fr by September 30, 2014.

Request for Comments

Committee on Residues of Veterinary Drugs in Foods (CCRVDF) requests comments to Circular Letter (CL 2014/09-RVDF) on the Request for Revision/Information to the Database on Countries’ Needs for MRLs. The updated database will then be used by an eWG, chaired by the United States of America and Costa Rica, to identify data availability and data gaps and explore alternative ways to fill data gaps and prioritize veterinary drugs for evaluation by JECFA.  If you are interested in having your comments considered in the U.S. response to this circular letter, please send your comments to Mr. Kevin Greenlees, U.S. Delegate to CCRVDF, by e-mail at: kevin.greenlees@fda.hhs.gov, by June 13, 2014.  Other comments should be sent by June 30, 2014, directly to the CCRVDF Secretariat in the U.S. Codex Office, Food Safety and Inspection Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture by e-mail at:  CCRVDF-USSEC@fsis.usda.gov.  A copy should also be sent to the Codex Secretariat by e-mail at:  codex@fao.org.

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