U.S. Codex News in brief — Friday, January 13, 2012
A summary of recent and upcoming events published biweekly; direct inquiries to USCodex@fsis.usda.gov
Upcoming Public Meeting
Task Force on Animal Feeding : The public meeting for the upcoming 6th Session of the Task Force will be held January 18, from 1-3 pm in the Jamie 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 public meeting will discuss U.S. draft positions on two main issues: proposed draft guidelines on the application of risk assessment for feed, and the proposed draft prioritized list of hazards in feed. The Task Force will meet February 20-24, in Berne, Switzerland.
Coordinating Committee on Africa (CCAfrica) : The U.S. Codex Office concluded today a week-long technical assistance workshop in Yaoundé, Cameroon. The bilateral workshop, attended by 50 participants, was designed to emphasize critical elements for a successful National Codex Contact Point and National Codex Committee as well as to enhance Cameroon's ability to operate effectively as Chair of CCAfrica.
The first days of the workshop focused on providing a greater understanding to all parties in Cameroon involved with Codex work. This included a variety of presentations to the entire group, as well as smaller breakout groups to work on priority setting. The last day of the workshop focused on strengthening Cameroon's ability to lead in its new role as the Codex Regional Coordinator for Africa.
The Committee on Food Hygiene (CCFH) requests comments on the hygiene provisions (sections 2.3, 3.5, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8) of the draft Regional Code of Practice for Street-vended Foods prepared by the Committee for the Near East (CCNEA) and referred to CCFH. At the 43rd Session of CCFH, the Committee decided to solicit comments from member countries and interested international organizations on the hygiene provisions only of the draft Regional Code. CCFH also called attention to the two existing regional guidelines or codes of practice on street-vended foods: Regional Guidelines for the Design of Control Measures for Street-Vended Foods - Africa (CAC/GL 22R-1997) and the Regional Code of Hygienic Practice for the Preparation and Sale of Street Foods - Latin America and the Caribbean (CAC/RCP 43R-1995) which can be used as references. The draft regional code of practice is available as an Annex to a circular letter that will soon be published on our companion page: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsis/topics/international-affairs/us-codex-alimentarius/committees-and-task-forces/general-subject-committees/codex-committee-on-food-hygiene/ct_index
Parties interested in contributing to the U.S. response should send their comments to Jenny Scott, U.S. Delegate to CCFH, (firstname.lastname@example.org) with a copy to Joyce Saltsman (email@example.com) by May 31, 2012. International organizations may send their comments directly to the Codex Secretariat (firstname.lastname@example.org), with a copy to Barbara McNiff, in the U.S. Codex Office (email@example.com) by the June 30, 2012 deadline set in the circular letter.
JMPR: The report of the most recent session of the Joint FAO/WHO Meeting on Pesticide Residues (JMPR) is available online at: http://www.fao.org/fileadmin/templates/agphome/documents/Pests_Pesticides/JMPR/Report11/JMPR_2011_Report.pdf .
Meeting in Geneva, September 20-29, 2011, this panel evaluated 26 pesticides, including eight new compounds and four compounds that were re-evaluated for toxicity or residues, or both, within the periodic review program of the Codex Committee on Pesticide Residues (CCPR). The Meeting established acceptable daily intakes (ADIs) and acute reference doses (ArfDs), estimated maximum residue levels and recommended them for use by CCPR, and estimated supervised trials median residue (STMR) and highest residue (HR) levels as a basis for estimating dietary intakes.