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U.S. Codex News—Friday, January 11, 2013

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

Task Force on Animal Feeding (TFAF) will hold a public meeting to go over the agenda for its next Session on January 17 from 1:00-4:00 p.m., in the Jamie L. Whitten Building of USDA, 1400 Independence Ave. SW, Washington DC, Room 107-A. Individuals may also participate via teleconference by calling 1-888-858-2144; Participant Code: 6208658. The upcoming Session of the TFAF will be held in Berne, Switzerland, from February 4-8, 2013.

Committee on Food Import and Export Certification and Inspection Systems (CCFICS) will hold a public meeting to go over the agenda for its next Session on January 24 from 2:00-4:00 p.m., in the Jamie L. Whitten Building of USDA, 1400 Independence Ave. SW, Washington DC, Room 107-A. Individuals may also participate via teleconference by calling 1-888-858-2144; Participant Code: 6208658. The upcoming Session of CCFICS will be held in Chiang Mai, Thailand, from February 18-22, 2013.

Electronic Working Groups (eWG)

Committee on Food Hygiene (CCFH) 
Parasites: The CCFH invites Member countries and observer organizations to join an eWG, led by the European Union and New Zealand, working in English only, to further develop the proposed draft Guidelines for Control of Specific Zoonotic Parasites: Trichinella spp. and Cysticercus bovis, taking into account the discussions at the recent 44th Session of CCFH and the development of OIE work on the revision of Chapter 8.13 of the Terrestrial Animal Health Code. 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 Kris de Smet ( kris.de-smet@ec.europ.eu) with a copy to Steve Hathaway ( Steve.Hathaway@mpi.govt.nz) by February 1, 2013.

Committee on Fish and Fish Products (CCFFP) 
Food Additives: The CCFFP invites Member countries and observer organizations to join an eWG, led by the European Union and the United States, working in English only, to prepare proposals for food additives in the standards for fish and fishery products, following the approach taken for the Standard for Smoked Fish and to focus on technological justification for those food additives, with the possibility of proposing changes to the GSFA. 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 jiri.sochor@ec.europa.eu (with a copy to codex@ec.europa.eu) and clarke.beaudry@fda.hhs.gov (with a copy to USCodex@fsis.usda.gov) by January 31, 2013.

Fish Sauce: The CCFFP invites Member countries and observer organizations to join an eWG, led by Thailand and Vietnam, to help draft a Code of Practice for Processing Fish Sauce. 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 following email addresses: codex@acfs.go.th, manat@acfs.go.th and vungocquynh@vfa.gov.vn by February 2, 2013.

Scallop Meat: The CCFFP invites Member countries and observer organizations to join an eWG, led by Canada, working in English only, to redraft the proposed Code of Practice on the Processing of Scallop Meat. 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 Manon Picard ( Manon.Picard@inspection.gc.ca) by February 4, 2013.

Committee on Nutrition and Foods for Special Dietary Uses 
Nutrient Reference Values: The CCNFSDU invites Member countries and observer organizations to join an eWG, led by Australia, working in English only, to recommend draft additional or revised NRVs-R for vitamins A, D, E, C; magnesium, selenium, iron and zinc, as a requirement for labelling purposes in the Codex Guidelines on Nutrition Labelling. 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 codex.contact@daff.gov.au with a copy to janine.lewis@foodstandards.gov.au by February 8, 2013.

Addition of Essential Nutrients to Foods: The CCNFSDU invites Member countries and observer organizations to join an eWG, led by Canada and co-chaired by New Zealand, working in English only, to revise the General Principles for the Addition of Essential Nutrients to Foods (CAC/GL 9-1987). 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 Codex-addition_of_nutrients_adjonction_des_elements_nutritifs@hc-sc.gc.ca by February 1, 2013.

Call for Data

FAO and WHO are issuing a call for data and experts on microbiological hazard associated with spices and dried aromatic herbs. The detailed information can be found at http://www.fao.org/food/food-safety-quality/scientific-advice/calls-data-experts/ and the call is available at http://www.fao.org/fileadmin/templates/agns/pdf/jemra/
Call_for_data_and_experts_on_spices_Final_20121220.pdf
. Data submissions in response to the call for data should be sent to Masami Takeuchi ( Masami.Takeuchi@fao.org) and Mina Kojima ( foodsafety@who.int) by March 31, 2013.

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