U.S. Codex News—Friday, March 9, 2012
A summary of recent and upcoming events published biweekly; direct inquiries to USCodex@fsis.usda.gov
Clarification/Public Meeting Announcement
The Public Meeting for the Committee on Residues of Veterinary Drugs in Food (CCRVDF) will be April 23. A March 1 news release by FSIS incorrectly indicated that the CCRVDF public meeting is scheduled for March 23. A subsequent March 5 release (available on the FSIS website) corrected that error.
The CCRVDF public meeting convenes at 1:00 p.m. in Room 107-A of the USDA Whitten Building. Details are available on the U.S. Codex web page (http://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsis/topics/international-affairs/us-codex-alimentarius/public-meetings).
Recent Committee Meeting
Committee on Methods of Analysis and Sampling (CCMAS): The 33rd Session concluded on March 9 in Budapest, Hungary. The Committee focused on three main agenda items: the proposed draft Principles for the Use of Sampling and Testing in International Food Trade, the endorsement of methods of analysis provisions in Codex standards, and provisions on the use of propriety methods in Codex standards.
- On the proposed draft Principles for the Use of Sampling and Testing in International Food Trade, the Committee agreed to consider only the principles and essential notes at an in-session Working Group; the development of explanatory notes and examples should be considered at a later stage. The proposed draft Principles will be forwarded to the 35th Session (2012) of the Commission for adoption at Step 5; the explanatory notes and examples will be retained at Step 2/3, for development by electronic Working Group for consideration at the next session of CCMAS, scheduled for March 4-8, 2013, in Budapest, Hungary.
- On endorsement of methods of analysis provisions in Codex standards, the Committee considered the various proposed methods and made numerous editorial changes and amendments. The most notable changes were to some methods for dietary fiber that CCMAS had previously endorsed for the Committee on Nutrition and Foods for Special Dietary Uses (CCNFSDU). Since the last CCMAS session, an electronic Working Group considered the elaboration of a decision tree for the selection of available methods for dietary fiber, because some of the previously endorsed "Type 1" methods could cause confusion for analysts. The Committee could not agree on whether such guidance would be best provided in a Codex document or by an external publication. In the end, the Committee opted to revise the "Dietary Fiber Methodology—What is measured and what is not measured" and to provide the new version in a Conference Room Document available to the delegates.
- On the Use of Proprietary Methods in Codex Standards, CCMAS will submit to the Committee on General Principles (CCGP) the proposed definition for "proprietary method" and criteria to the to be added to the Principles for the Establishment of Codex Methods of Analysis of the Procedural Manual.
The U.S. Codex Office conducted its fifth colloquium with CCAFRICA member countries in Dakar, Senegal, March 5-7. The colloquium provided an opportunity for an exchange of views between the U.S. Delegates and 41 delegates from the region in preparation for the upcoming meetings of the committees on General Principles (CCGP), Food Additives (CCFA), and Residues of Veterinary Drugs in Foods (CCRVDF). The colloquium was attended by delegates from Benin, Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Djibouti, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Kenya, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Mozambique, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania, Togo, and Zambia.
U.S. Codex Manager Karen Stuck has indicated her intention to retire from the Federal service in July. A recruitment notice (announcement number W-OA-2012-0006) for a new Manager has been posted at USAJobs.gov. The closing date for applications is March 22.