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U.S. Codex News—Friday, December 14, 2012

A summary of recent and upcoming events published biweekly; direct inquiries to USCodex@fsis.usda.gov

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Recent Committee Meetings

Committee on Nutrition and Foods for Special Dietary Uses (CCNFSDU) held its 34th Session in Bad Soden, Germany, December 3-7. The Committee recommended the following documents for adoption by the Codex Commission:

  • Nutrient Reference Values (NRVs) for sodium and saturated fatty acids for use in food labeling (adoption at Step 8);
  • Revision of the Guidelines for Formulated Supplemental Foods for Older Infants and Young Children (Step 8);
  • Proposed General Principles for NRVs for Noncommunicable Diseases (Step 5/8); and
  • Proposed NRVs for 11 vitamins and minerals for labeling purposes (Step 5/8).
  • New work for the revision the Standard for Follow-up Formula (STAN 156-1987).

The Committee also established four electronic Working Groups (eWG):

  1. To review the NRV for protein and considering additional vitamin and mineral NRVs - to be led by Australia;
  2. To amend the General Principles for the Addition of Essential Nutrients to Foods (CAC/GL 9-1987) - to be led by Canada;
  3. To amend the Standard for Processed Cereal-Based Foods for Infants and Young Children (STAN 74-1981) to add a new Part for underweight children - to be led by India; and
  4. To revise the Follow-up Formula Standard, assuming approval by the Commission of new work - to be led by New Zealand.

The United States delegation offered to prepare a discussion paper on a possible NRV for potassium in relation to the risk of diet-related noncommunicable diseases, and the Canadian delegation offered to collaborate with the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) on the development of a discussion paper on the biofortification by means of conventional breeding of staple food crops with essential vitamins and minerals.

The U.S. Delegate's Report with more detail about this session will soon be published at: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsis/topics/international-affairs/us-codex-alimentarius/recent-delegation-reports

Finally, the Committee paid tribute to Barbara Schneeman, who retires from Federal service at the end of this month. Dr. Schneeman has led the U.S. Delegation at the past 8 CCNFSDU sessions. She has also led the U.S. Delegate to CCFL since 2006.

Electronic Working Groups (eWG)

Committee on Food Hygiene (CCFH) 

Low Moisture Foods: The CCFH invites Member countries and observer organizations to join an eWG, led by Canada and the United States, working in English only, to develop a Draft Code of Hygienic Practice for Low-Moisture Foods. Individuals in the United States interested in contributing to the eWG should send their name, official title, and email address to the U.S. Codex Office (USCodex@fsis.usda.gov). Codex Member countries and observer organizations interested in participating in this eWG should provide the name(s), official title, and email address of their representative(s) directly to Jeff Farber (jeff.farber@hc-sc.gc.ca) and Helene Couture (helene.couture@hc-sc.gc.ca) of Canada, with a copy to Jenny Scott (jenny.scott@fda.hhs.gov) of the United States by January 29, 2013.

Parasites: The CCFH invites Member countries and observer organizations to join an eWG, led by Australia, working in English only, to prepare a discussion paper on occurrence and control of parasites in food (REP13/FH paras. 125-126). Individuals in the United States interested in contributing to the eWG should send their name, official title, and email address to the U.S. Codex Office (USCodex@fsis.usda.gov). Codex Member countries and observer organizations interested in participating in this eWG should provide the name(s), official title, and email address of their representative(s) directly to the Australian Codex Contact Point ( codex.contact@daff.gov.au) by March 1, 2013.

Committee on Fish and Fish Products (CCFFP) 

Sturgeon Caviar: The CCFFP invites Member countries and observer organizations to join an eWG, led by Iran, to help redraft the Code of Practice for Fish and Fishery Products (section on Sturgeon Caviar) which was returned to Step 2/3 by the Committee. Individuals in the United States interested in contributing to the eWG should send their name, official title, and email address to the U.S. Codex Office (USCodex@fsis.usda.gov). Codex Member countries and observer organizations interested in participating in this eWG should provide the name(s), official title, and email address of their representative(s) directly to the Secretary of CCFFP in Iran, Mrs. Afsaneh Samiei ( ccffp@isiri.org.ir and fishcommittee@gmail.com), by January 31, 2013.

Histamine: The CCFFP invites Member countries and observer organizations to join an eWG, led by Japan and the United States, working in English only, will consider multiple items, including an assessment as to how the CCFFP may use expert advice and make recommendations for integrating recommendations into the relevant CCFFP standards and codes of practice, taking into account that histamines can be controlled by applying GHP and/or HACCP. Individuals in the United States interested in contributing to the eWG should send their name, official title, and email address to the U.S. Codex Office (USCodex@fsis.usda.gov). Codex Member countries and observer organizations interested in participating in this eWG should provide the name(s), official title, and email address of their representative(s) directly to Hajime Toyofuku (toyofuku@niph.go.jp) and to William Jones ( william.jones@fda.hhs.gov) by February 1, 2013.

Request for New Work Proposals

Committee on Food Labelling (CCFL) has issued a Circular Letter (CL 2012/39-FL) inviting Member countries and observer organizations to submit proposals for new work for the Committee by January 15, 2013. Individuals in the United States interested in proposing new work should send their proposals, along with their name, official title, and email address to the U.S. Codex Office (USCodex@fsis.usda.gov). Codex Member countries and observer organizations interested in submitting proposals should send their proposals along with their name(s), official title, and email address directly to Codex Canada (codex_canada@hc-sc.gc.ca) with a copy to the Codex Secretariat (codex@fao.org).

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