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U.S. Codex News—Friday, November 29, 2013

New Electronic Working Groups (eWG)

FAO/WHO Coordinating Committee for Asia (CCASIA) invites Codex members and observers to join an eWG, chaired by China and working in English only, to develop a discussion paper on the classification of “compressed soybean curd” and on the food additive provisions for “composite/ flavored soybean milk.”  A Physical Working Group (pWG) will be held immediately before the next session of CCASIA, to consider the draft standard at Step 6 and the report of this eWG.  Countries and organizations interested in participating should provide the name, official title, and e-mail address of their representatives to:  Ms. Hanyang LU (luhanyang@cfsa.net.cn) and Dr. Jing TIAN (tianjing@cfsa.net.cn) before November 30, or soon thereafter.  Parties in the United States interested in contributing to the U.S. participation should contact the U.S. Codex Office (USCodex@fsis.usda.gov) as soon as possible.

Committee on Fats and Oils (CCFO) invites Codex members and observers to join an eWG, chaired by Argentina and working in English only, to consider the revision of the oleic and linoleic acid levels in the sunflower seed oil categories contained in Codex STAN 210-1999 and other composition and quality factors (such as refractive index, saponification value, iodine value and relative density). In order to facilitate the work of the eWG, Argentina requests that the tables in the Annex be used to submit data, stating which methods of analysis were applied and how the results are expressed.  The deadline for submitting data to the eWG is January 30, 2014.  Countries and organizations interested in participating should provide the name, official title, and e-mail address of their representatives to: Andres Maggi (amaggi@senasa.gob.ar) with a copy to Daniel Franco (dfranco@minagri.gob.ar) and the Codex Contact Point (grupocodexgirasol@minagri.gob.ar) before December 15, 2013.  Parties in the United States interested in contributing to the U.S. participation should contact the U.S. Codex Office (USCodex@fsis.usda.gov) by December 9, 2013. 

Committee on Nutrition and Foods for Special Dietary Uses (CCNFSDU) invites Codex members and observers to join an eWG, chaired by New Zealand and co-chaired by France and Indonesia, working in English only, with the following Terms of Reference:

  1. Continue to review the nutritional requirements of the older infants and young children, taking into account recent scientific developments and global data;
  2. Compare the requirements identified under the Terms of Reference (1) above with current compositional requirements of the existing infant formula and follow-up formula standards, taking into account dietary intakes and the role of the follow-up formula products as covered by the existing standard in the diet of the older infants and young children; and
  3. Develop a discussion document outlining the findings of the eWG.

Countries and organizations interested in participating should provide the name, official title, and e-mail address of their representatives to the following email addresses: jenny.reid@mpi.govt.nz and copied to tettyhelfery@yahoo.com;  Alice.STENGEL@dgccrf.finances.gouv.fr  and CodexNZ@mpi.govt.nz  before December 20, 2013.  Parties in the United States interested in contributing to the U.S. participation should contact the U.S. Codex Office (USCodex@fsis.usda.gov) by December 9, 2013. 

Other News

Codex Newsletter: The 10th Edition of the Codex Alimentarius Newsletter is available on the Codex website and on the FTP server (ftp://ftp.fao.org/codex/newsletters/Newsletter_10_November2013_LQ.pdf).

Revised Summary Report of 77th JECFA:  Due to a change in the ADI established for nisin, the report of the 77th JECFA meeting has been revised.  Specifically, during the editing process, it became apparent that the test substance used in the pivotal 13-week study was Nisaplin® with a nisin potency of 3000 IU/mg. The 3000 IU/mg translates to 7.5% nisin content in the preparation, not 2.5% as in the commercial preparation and as assumed in the ADI calculation. This has since been confirmed by the original study author and the supplier, and the ADI has been corrected with the agreement of the Committee.   The revised summary report is accessible on the WHO and FAO websites:

FAO:
http://www.fao.org/food/food-safety-quality/scientific-advice/jecfa/summary-reports/en/

WHO:
http://www.who.int/foodsafety/chem/jecfa/summaries/en/index.html

Summary Report of the 78th JECFA:  The Summary and Conclusions of the 78th JECFA meeting (Residues of Veterinary Drugs) which took place in Geneva, Switzerland, from November 5-14, 2013, has been published. The document is available on the FAO and WHO websites:

FAO:
http://www.fao.org/fileadmin/templates/agns/pdf/jecfa/JECFA_78_Summary_report_Version_final.pdf

WHO:
http://www.who.int/foodsafety/chem/jecfa/summaries/en/index.html

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