U.S. Codex News—Friday, May 4, 2012
A summary of recent and upcoming events published biweekly; direct inquiries to USCodex@fsis.usda.gov
Recent Committee Meetings
Committee on Pesticide Residues (CCPR) held its 44th Session, Aril 23-28, in Shanghai, China, with the following results:
- Advanced close to 400 maximum residue limits (MRLs) for 30 pesticides, which will be submitted for adoption by the Codex Alimentarius Commission (CAC) when it meets July 2-7;
- Agreed to develop criteria for the use of the proportionality approach to derive maximum residue levels;
- Revised the risk analysis document and established an electronic working group to finalize the remaining sections, including the procedure for periodic evaluation.
- Agreed on a priority list of compounds for evaluation by the Joint Meeting on Pesticide Residues (JMPR), an FAO/WHO expert body;
- Continued to support work on the pilot project and the national global joint review of the nominated compound, sufloxor.
- Advanced to the CAC for adoption the classification for the fruit commodity groups: citrus fruits, pome fruits, stone fruits, berries and small fruits and assorted tropical and subtropical fruits, edible and inedible peel.
- Returned work to an electronic working group to develop performance criteria for the suitability assessment of methods of analysis.
- Returned the draft discussion paper on MRLs for pesticides for minor crops and specialty crops for further work by the electronic working group to develop criteria to determine the number of field trials for MRLS for minor crops/specialty crops.
Approximately 300 representatives from 182 countries and regions attended the meeting.
Upcoming Committee Meetings
Committee on Residues of Veterinary Drugs in Foods (CCRVDF): The 20th Session opens on May 7 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The agenda for this session features:
- setting maximum residue limits (MRLs) for veterinary drugs in foods;
- amendments to the Risk Analysis Principles applied by the CCRVDF;
- revision of the Risk Assessment Policy for the setting of MRLS for Veterinary Drugs in Foods;
- draft sampling plans for residue control for aquatic animal products;
- draft priority list for veterinary drugs requiring scientific evaluation or re-evaluation; and
- risk management recommendations for veterinary drugs for which no acceptable daily intake and/or MRL has/have been recommended by scientific evaluation.
The Session concludes on May 11.
Committee on Food Labeling (CCFL): The 40th Session will be in Ottawa, Canada, May 14-18, 2012, and features two main topics: (1) revision of the Guidelines for the Use of Nutrition and Health Claims (CAC/GL 23-1997); and (2) Guidelines for the Production, Processing, Labelling and Marketing of Organically Produced Foods.
Electronic Working Groups
Committee on Import and Export Certification and Inspection Systems (CCFICS) established an electronic working group (eWG), chaired by the United States, to develop a questionnaire on how countries currently assess and manage the performance of their national food control systems and to give examples of indicators used. This questionnaire will be circulated by the Codex Secretariat, and, based on the replies, the United States will prepare a more detailed discussion paper and project document for the next session of CCFICS. Codex members and observers interested in participating in the electronic work group should provide their name, title and e-mail address to USCodex@fsis.usda.gov by May 18.
Committee on Food Hygiene (CCFH): The Codex Secretariat circulated a draft revision of Principles for the Establishment and Application of Microbiological Criteria for Foods (CAC/GL 21-1997) which was prepared by the co-chairs of a physical working group that will meet in Parma, Italy, May 29-June 1, 2012. The proposed draft revision is published on the U.S. Codex website at: 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. Comments for consideration by the US participants in the working group should be sent to USCodex@fsis.usda.gov by May 9, 2012. Comments by other participants in the working group should be sent to email@example.com and Sebastian.Hielm@mmm.fi by May 14, 2012.
The monographs for the toxicological evaluation of the veterinary drugs (Amoxicillin, Apramycin, Derquantel, Monensin, Monenpental, Narasin, and Triclabendazole) evaluated at the 75th meeting of the Joint FAO/WHO Expert Committee on Food Additives (JECFA, Rome, November 7-18, 2011) are now available on the FAO website ( http://typo3.fao.org/fileadmin/user_upload/agns/pdf/JECFA_Monograph_12.pdf ), and the WHO website ( http://whqlibdoc.who.int/publications/2012/9789241660662_eng.pdf ). Draft maximum residues limits for these compounds will be considered at the 20th Session of CCRVDF.