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U.S. Codex News—Friday, December 13, 2013

New Electronic Working Groups (eWG)

Committee on Nutrition and Foods for Special Dietary Uses (CCNFSDU) invites Codex members and observers to join an eWG, chaired by Australia and working in English only, on the proposed draft additional or revised Nutrient Reference Values – Requirements (NRVs-R) for labelling purposes, for inclusion in the Codex Guidelines on Nutrition Labelling.  The Terms of Reference are as follows:

  1. Recommend revised or additional NRVs-R for:
    • vitamin C
    • zinc
    • iron
    • selenium
    • manganese
    • molybdenum
    • fluoride
    in accordance with the revised definition of Recognized, Authoritative, Scientific Body (RASB) and General Principles for establishing NRVs-R for the general population. 
  1. Recommend relevant supporting information for the vitamins and minerals in Terms of Reference 1.

  2. As appropriate, recommend amendments to the General Principles arising from consideration of Terms of Reference 1.

Countries and organizations interested in participating should provide the name, official title, and e-mail address of their representatives to the Australian Codex Contact Point (codex.contact@daff.gov.au) by 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 17, 2013. 

Other News

77th JECFA:  The specifications monographs (FAO JECFA Monographs 14, FAO, Rome, 2013) resulting from the 77th JECFA meeting on food additive specifications, held in Rome, Italy from June 4-13, 2013, are now available to download as a PDF document at the FAO JECFA website as follows: http://www.fao.org/fileadmin/user_upload/agns/pdf/jecfa/FAO_Monograph_14_final.pdf

FAO Mycotoxin Sampling Tool:   As part of its technical assistance to developing countries in mycotoxin prevention and control, FAO has developed a Mycotoxin Sampling Tool (available at www.fstools.org/mycotoxins) which offers guidance on sampling plans to determine and quantify mycotoxin contamination in a range of food commodities. It includes a user guide with step by step guidance on its use in the 24 mycotoxin-commodity combinations.  In addition, this tool provides support in analyzing performance of sampling plans, and determining the most appropriate plan to meet the user’s defined objectives.  For instance,

  • The user can evaluate the effect of varying sampling plan design parameters, such as sample size, on the performance of the sampling plan.
  • Using the performance information, the user can determine the most appropriate mycotoxin sampling plan to minimize risk of misclassifying lots considering available resources.

FAO is encouraging Codex members to use this new tool and requests feedback be sent to:  food-quality@fao.org.

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