Codex News - May 2, 2014
Electronic Working Groups
Committee on Spices and Culinary Herbs (CCSCH) has established an electronic working group (eWG) to develop a draft standard for black, white and green pepper. India will lead this working group, with Cameroon and Indonesia as co-chairs. Member countries and observer organizations interested in participating in this eWG should send the name, official title, member country or organization, and email address of a representative to Mr. G. Venugopal (firstname.lastname@example.org) of India, to Mr. Ebai Takang Stephen (email@example.com) of Cameroon, and to Dr. S. Joni Munarso (firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com) of Indonesia, with copies to firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com by May 15, 2014. Persons in the United States who are interested in participating in these eWG should send their name, official title, organization, and email address to the U.S. Codex Office (firstname.lastname@example.org) by May 9.
The Committee on Food Additives invites members and interested organizations to provide information on the availability of data to re-evaluate six food colors:
- Allura red (INS 129)
- Tartrazine (INS 102)
- Brilliant blue (INS 133)
- Erythrosine (INS 127)
- Fast green FCF (INS 143)
- Indigotine (INS 132)
Information should be submitted by January 15, 2015, using a form provided by the Codex Secretariat. Parties in the United States that are interested in submitting data should contact the U.S. Codex Office (email@example.com).
The Committee on Food Additives invites members and interested organizations to provide proposals for new and/or revised food additive provisions for inclusion in the General Standard for Food Additives (GSFA). Proposals should be submitted by January 15, 2015, using a form provided by the Codex Secretariat. Parties in the United States that would like to suggest new additives or revision of adopted provisions for the GSFA should contact the U.S. Codex Office (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The FAO/WHO JECFA Secretariat has issued a call for data on Non-dioxin-like PCBs and Pyrrolizidine alkaloids. The deadline for data submission is August 31, 2014. The call is available on the FAO website: www.fao.org/fileadmin/user_upload/agns/pdf/Call_for_data_experts/JECFA_call_for_data_on_NDL-PCB__and_PAs.pdf, and also on the WHO website: www.who.int/entity/foodsafety/jecfa-call-data.pdf?ua=1.
The U.S. Codex Office hosted a training event for U.S. Delegates and subject matter experts, April 24-25. The event was held at the U.S. Agricultural Marketing Service facility in Fredericksburg, Virginia, and featured presentations and discussions on the roles and responsibilities of delegates, effective leadership, planning and priority-setting, outreach, and collaboration between general subject and commodity committees. The chairpersons of the three U.S. hosted committees, along with former Codex Chairperson Karen Hulebak, offered suggestions for effective cooperation between committee chairs and delegates. Officials from the U.S. Departments of State and Commerce, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, and the Foreign Agriculture Service provided delegates with the broader context of diplomatic and trade initiatives, in particular the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) under negotiation between the United States and the European Union. This is the fourth year that the U.S. Codex Office has organized this training event for U.S. Delegates.