U.S. Codex News Brief — Friday, January 27, 2012
A summary of recent and upcoming events published biweekly; direct inquiries to USCodex@fsis.usda.gov
Coordinating Committee on Latin America & the Caribbean (CCLAC): The U.S. Codex Office concluded on January 26 a three-day colloquium in San José, Costa Rica, for an exchange of views among 30 delegates in preparation for the upcoming meetings of the committees on Food Additives (CCFA), General Principles (CCGP), and Residues of Veterinary Drugs in Foods (CCRVDF). The colloquium was attended by delegates from Belize, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Mexico, Panama, Peru, St. Lucia, the United States, and Uruguay. This is the 6th Western Hemisphere colloquium since this series began in 2008.
The Committee on Milk and Milk Products (CCMMP) requests information on trade problems anticipated with the prospect of discontinuing work on the proposed standard for processed cheese. The Committee recommended to the Codex Commission in 2010 that work be discontinued in consideration of the inability of the Committee to agree on a proposed standard. The Commission referred the matter to the regional committees for comment; the Commission in 2011 considered the divergent views of the regional committees and decided to request further information from member countries and observer organizations. The circular letter requesting comments is available on our companion page (http://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsis/topics/international-affairs/us-codex-alimentarius/committees-and-task-forces/commodity-committees/codex-committee-on-milk-and-milk-products/ct_index). Parties interested in contributing to the U.S. response should send their comments to the U.S. Codex Office (USCodex@fsis.usda.gov) by February 13. International organizations may send their comments directly to the CCMMP Secretariat (CodexNZ@maf.govt.nz) with a copy to the Codex Secretariat (firstname.lastname@example.org), by the February 17, 2012 deadline set in the circular letter.