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U.S. Codex News—Friday, July 27, 2012

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

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Electronic Working Groups (eWG)

Committee on Contaminants in Foods (CCCF) invites member countries and observer organizations to participate in the following eight eWGs:

Ochratoxin A in Cocoa: The eWG, led by Ghana, working in English only, will develop a Code of Practice for the Prevention and Reduction of Ochratoxin A in Cocoa. The eWG is seeking data on Ochratoxin A contamination of cocoa as well as agricultural and processing practices of small scale and commercial cocoa production. 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) to codex@gsa.gov.gh with a copy to takramax@yahoo.com by August 10. Parties in the United States that are interested in contributing to the U.S. participation in this eWG should contact the U.S. Codex Office (USCodex@fsis.usda.gov).

Hydrocyanic Acid in Cassava: The eWG, led by Australia and co-chaired by Nigeria, will (1) propose maximum levels for hydrocyanic acid (HCN) in bitter and sweet cassava; (2) develop a code of practice for the reduction of HCN in cassava; and (3) develop methods of analysis for HCN. 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) to the Australia Codex Contact Point ( codex.contact@daff.gov.au) with a copy to the eWG chairperson, Leigh Henderson ( Leigh.Henderson@foodstandards.gov.au) by August 15. Parties in the United States that are interested in contributing to the U.S. participation in this eWG should contact the U.S. Codex Office (USCodex@fsis.usda.gov).

Commodity Descriptions in GSCTFF: The eWG, led by the European Union, will prepare proposals for the description of commodities in the General Standard for Contaminants and Toxins in Food and Feed (GSCTFF) to be considered at the next CCCF session (March 2013). 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) to Frans Verstraete ( frans.verstraete@ec.europa.eu) by August 15. Parties in the United States that are interested in contributing to the U.S. participation in this eWG should contact the U.S. Codex Office (USCodex@fsis.usda.gov).

Pyrrolizidine Alkaloid: The eWG, led by the Netherlands, will develop a code of practice for weed control to prevent and reduce pyrrolizidine alkaloid in food and feed. Member countries and observer organizations should ask their Codex Contact Point to register their representatives using the on-line registration system ( http://codexmeetingmanager.com/ under the eWG name "CCCF EWG PA") by August 15. Parties in the United States that are interested in contributing to the U.S. participation in this eWG should contact the U.S. Codex Office (USCodex@fsis.usda.gov).

Methylmercury in Fish: The eWG, led by Norway and co-chaired by Japan, will develop a discussion paper on the review of the guideline for methylmercury in fish and predatory fish for consideration at the next CCCF session (March 2013). Member countries and observer organizations should ask their Codex Contact Point to register their representatives using the on-line registration system ( http://codexmeetingmanager.com/) by August 15, with copies to codex@mattilsynet.no, haruo_tominaga@nm.maff.go.jp, and hirohide_matsushima@nm.maff.go.jp. Parties in the United States that are interested in contributing to the U.S. participation in this eWG should contact the U.S. Codex Office (USCodex@fsis.usda.gov).

Deoxynivalenol (DON) Maximum Limits: The eWG, led by Canada and co-chaired by the European Union, will continue working on the elaboration of maximum limits (MLs) for DON in specified foods destined for human consumption, and develop sampling plans to support the proposed MLs. 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) to the Bureau of Chemical Safety, Health Canada (bcs-bipc@hc-sc.gc.ca) with a copy to codex_canada@hc-sc.gc.ca by August 15. Parties in the United States that are interested in contributing to the U.S. participation in this eWG should contact the U.S. Codex Office (USCodex@fsis.usda.gov).

Mycotoxins in Cereals: The eWG, led by Brazil and co-chaired by the United States, working in English, will prepare a discussion paper to identify the gaps in the Code of Practice for the Prevention and Reduction of Mycotoxin Contamination in Cereals. It will also address the possible need for a separate Code of Practice for Fumonisins in Maize and whether there are any other measures to control fumonisins in maize for consideration by the next session of the Committee. The eWG will also work on the development of a discussion paper on Aflatoxins in Cereals for consideration at its next session. Member countries and observers interested in participating in this eWG should provide the name(s), official title, and email address of their representative(s) to Ms. Lígia Lindner Schreiner of the Brazilian Codex Contact Point ( ligia.schreiner@anvisa.gov.br) with a copy to codexbrasil@inmetro.gov.br by August 15. Parties in the United States that are interested in contributing to the U.S. participation in this eWG should contact the U.S. Codex Office (USCodex@fsis.usda.gov).

Arsenic in Rice: The eWG, co-chaired by China and Japan, will work on the possibility to develop a Code of Practice for the Prevention and Reduction of Arsenic Contamination in Rice. The EWG will focus its discussion on the following issues for preventing and reducing arsenic contamination in rice: feasibility of source directed measures (especially, soil pollution and irrigated water contamination); effect of agricultural practices (including selection of cultivars, use of agricultural materials, control of irrigation water etc); and effect of processing and cooking. 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) to china_cdc@yahoo.cn and JPPSDCCCF@nm.maff.go.jp by August 31. Parties in the United States that are interested in contributing to the U.S. participation in this eWG should contact the U.S. Codex Office (USCodex@fsis.usda.gov).

Committee on Pesticide Residues (CCPR) invites member countries and observer organizations to participate in the following six eWGs:

Priorities: The re-established eWG, led by Australia, will work on the Schedules and Priority Lists for the consideration at the 45th Session of CCPR in 2013. 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) to codex.contact@daff.gov.au by August 1. Parties in the United States that are interested in contributing to the U.S. participation in this eWG should contact the U.S. Codex Office (USCodex@fsis.usda.gov).

Minor Uses and Specialty Crops: This eWG, led by France with Kenya and Thailand as co-chairs, will develop criteria for setting the minimum number of field trials needed to support the establishment of maximum residue limits for minor use/specialty crops for the submission of data to the Joint FAO/WHO Meeting on Pesticide Residues (JMPR). 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) to florence.gerault@agriculture.gouv.fr by August 15. Parties in the United States interested in contributing to the U.S. participation in this eWG should contact the U.S. Codex Office (USCodex@fsis.usda.gov).

Proportionality: This eWG, led by Australia, will develop principles and guidance on the use of proportionality to estimate maximum residue limits. 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) to codex.contact@daff.gov.au with a copy to raj.bhula@apvma.gov.au by August 15. Parties in the United States that are interested in contributing to the U.S. participation in this eWG should contact the U.S. Codex Office (USCodex@fsis.usda.gov).

Methods of Analysis: This eWG, led by Australia and co-chaired by China, will prepare a discussion paper on the development of performance criteria for suitability assessment of methods of analysis with consideration given to the working document CX/RVDF 12/20/10 (Appendix to CAC/GL 71-2009 - Guidelines for the Design and Implementation of National Regulatory Food Safety Assurance Programme Associated with the Use of Veterinary Drugs in Food Producing Animals) and associated Codex and other relevant documents to meet CCPR method needs. Member countries and observer organizations interested in participating in this eWG to provide the name(s), official title and e-mail address of their representatives to the Australian Codex Contact Point at codex.contact@daff.gov.au by August 15. Parties in the United States that are interested in contributing to the U.S. participation in this eWG should contact the U.S. Codex Office (USCodex@fsis.usda.gov).

Risk Analysis Principles: This eWG, led by Argentina and co-chaired by Costa Rica, working in English and Spanish, will consider the clarification to be provided by JMPR concerning the toxicological and residue data to be submitted when a chemical is not supported by the manufacturers, regarding Case B of CX/PR 12/44/13 (Rev.). It will also consider the examples of chemicals (dicofol, fenvalerate) that JMPR has evaluated that were not supported by the manufacturer. The eWG will also clarify issues related to national monographs and equivalence. 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) to codex@minagri.gob.ar by August 31. Parties in the United States that are interested in contributing to the U.S. participation in this eWG should contact the U.S. Codex Office (USCodex@fsis.usda.gov).

Extrapolation of MRLs for Commodity Groups: This eWG, led by the Netherlands and co-chaired by the United States, working in English only, will work on the revision of the Classification for the development of new commodity groups, including the further elaboration of Table 2 on Selection and Examples of Representative Commodities of the Principles and Guidance for the Selection of Representative Commodities for the Extrapolation of Maximum Residue Limits for Pesticides for Commodity Groups. The eWG will also work on the review of the commodity groups in the Codex Database for MRLs for Pesticides. 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) to Mrs. Erica Muller of the Netherlands Codex Contact Point (e.muller@minlnv.nl) by August 31. Parties in the United States that are interested in contributing to the U.S. participation in this eWG should contact the U.S. Codex Office (USCodex@fsis.usda.gov).

Last Modified Aug 29, 2013