U.S. Codex News—Friday, February 24, 2012
A summary of recent and upcoming events published biweekly; direct inquiries to USCodex@fsis.usda.gov
Recent Committee Meeting
Ad Hoc Intergovernmental Codex Task Force on Animal Feeding concluded today (Feb 24) its Sixth Session in Berne, Switzerland. The Task Force focused on drafting Proposed Guidelines on the Application of Risk Assessment for Feed and the proposed Prioritized List of Hazards in Feed.
On the risk assessment document, the Task Force focused on revising its structure and content, and clarifying the scope to make it explicit that the guidelines are intended for use by governments. A physical working group was established to revise the remaining sections of the document, and the guidelines document was advanced to step 5.
The Task Force discussed at length the scope and intent of the proposed draft Prioritized List of Hazards in Feed, and agreed to focus on criteria for governments to prioritize hazards, examples of hazards of international relevance, and guidance on applying the criteria. The Task Force also agreed to a proposal by the United States to change the title of the document to Guidance for Use by Governments on Prioritizing their National Feed Hazards. An electronic working group was established, to be led by Switzerland, to revise the remainder of the document. The document remains at step 2.
The Task Force was authorized for two sessions with an option for a third, and its second meeting is scheduled for February 4-8, 2013.
Upcoming Public Meeting
Codex Committee on Methods of Analysis and Sampling (CCMAS): The public meeting for the 33rd Session will be held February 28, 2012, at 11:00 a.m. at FDA, CFSAN, Harvey Wiley Building, Room 1A-002, located at 5100 Paint Branch Parkway, College Park, MD. The public meeting will address all agenda items including: proposed draft Principles for the Use of Sampling and Testing in International Food Trade; Endorsement of Methods of Analysis Provisions in Codex Standards; and Provisions on the Use of Proprietary Methods in Codex Standards. Individuals may also participate via teleconference by calling (888) 810-5908; Participant code: 21317. The upcoming CCMAS Session will be held in Budapest, Hungary, March 5-9, 2012.
Electronic Working Groups (eWG)
Codex Committee on Food Hygiene (CCFH): The European Union and New Zealand will co-chair an eWG, working in English, to redraft the proposed Guidelines for Control of Specific Zoonotic Parasites. The eWG co-chairs would like to receive revisions of the draft guidelines by early June 2012. The revised draft guidelines will then be circulated by the Codex Secretariat for consideration at the next session of CCFH, to be held in New Orleans, Louisiana, November 12-16, 2012. 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). Other Codex Members and Observers interested in participating in this eWG to provide the name(s), official title and e-mail address of their representatives to Kris De Smet (email@example.com) and Steve Hathaway ( Steve.firstname.lastname@example.org) by March 1, 2012.
Codex Committee on Nutrition and Foods for Special Dietary Uses (CCNFSDU): The United States will chair, with Thailand and Chile acting as co-chairs, an eWG, working in English and Spanish, to prepare a revised document on the establishment of Nutrient Reference Values for labelling purposes for nutrients associated with risk of diet-related noncommunicable diseases for the general population. The eWG chair/co-chairs anticipate circulating a consultation document to the eWG in May with timeline, background and questions to facilitate the work. 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). Other Codex Members and Observers interested in participating in this eWG to provide the name(s), official title and e-mail address of their representatives to Nancy Crane ( Nancy.Crane@fda.hhs.gov); Kraisid Tontisirin (Kraisid.Tontisirin@gmail.com) and Diego Gaitán ( email@example.com) by March 30, 2012.
A call for public comments was recently issued by the WHO Nutrition Policy and Scientific Advice Unit, which has developed evidence-informed guidelines on sodium and potassium consumption based on the WHO Handbook for Guideline Development. Individuals wishing to participate at this stage of the guideline development process should submit a signed Declaration of Interests Form and a recent résumé via the following link: http://www.who.int/nutrition/en/
Public comments will be accepted until February 29, 2012.
The FAO and WHO JECFA Secretariats have issued the following: Corrigendum: The status of the recommended MRLs for Apramycin are temporary and not fully recommended MRLs, as reported in the Summary of the 75th Meeting of the Committee that was issued on 23 November 2011. The Summary and Conclusions of the 75th JECFA available on the FAO and JECFA websites have been amended to reflect the above corrigendum.