U.S. Codex News — Friday, September 9, 2011
A summary of recent and upcoming events published biweekly; direct inquiries to USCodex@fsis.usda.gov
Upcoming Outreach Events
The U.S. Codex Office will host a colloquium for African and U.S. delegates to the Codex committees that will meet in the final months of 2011 to develop strategies for cooperation. An expected 68 African government officials from 24 countries will attend the colloquium in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, September 13-15. U.S. Codex and U.S. Food and Drug Administration officials will lead discussions on preserving the science basis of Codex, the risk management role of Codex, and the relationship between Codex and the World Trade Organization. One day will be devoted to discussions of issues on the agenda of upcoming sessions of the Committees on Food Import and Export Certification & Inspection Systems (CCFICS), Nutrition & Foods for Special Dietary Uses (CCNFSDU), and Food Hygiene (CCFH).
New Working Groups
Committee on Food Labeling (CCFL): Canada will chair an electronic working group to draft text for proposed amendments to the "Guidelines for the Use of Nutrition and Health Claims" specifically to:
- Include non-addition claims for sugars and salt;
- Develop claims and conditions for use related to trans-fatty acids;
- Clarify that sodium would be captured in claims that would require a change of 25% in order to be made; and
- Consider additional conditions for three types of comparative claims related to (a) reducing the energy of nutrient content (e.g., "reduced" or "lower"); (b) "light" claims; and (c) having more of a nutrient (e.g., "more").
Codex Members and Observers eligible to participate should by September 19, provide the name, official title, affiliation, and email address of their representative to Charmaine Kuran at Nut.Labelling-Etiquetage@hc-sc.gc.ca with a copy to the Canada contact point at email@example.com. The final report of this eWG will be posted on the Codex website ( www.codexalimentarius.net) with the CCFL agenda in advance of the next CCFL session.
The August 26 Codex News included an item about an eWG led by India to prepare a proposed draft amendment to the Standard for Processed Cereal-Based Foods for Infants and Young Children (CODEX74-1981) with a new Part B on underweight children. Codex members and observer organizations eligible to participate were to send their contact information to the Indian Codex Contact Point (firstname.lastname@example.org) by August 31. Links to the final report of this eWG will be posted on the Codex website ( www.codexalimentarius.net) with the CCNFSDU agenda in advance of the next CCNFSDU session. Other interested parties in the United States are invited to send comments on eWG final reports and on U.S. preliminary draft positions for CCNFSDU agenda items to the U.S. Delegate at: CCNFSDU@fda.hhs.gov.
A Summary Report of the 74th meeting of the Joint FAO/WHO Expert Committee on Food Additives (JECFA) is available at: ftp://ftp.fao.org/ag/agn/jecfa/JECFA_74_Summary_Report_4July2011.pdf .
New and revised specifications in the searchable on-line Combined Compendium of Food Additive Specifications are now available at: http://www.fao.org/ag/agn/jecfa-additives/search.html.
The interim report of the Electronic Expert Group on Salmonella in Bivalve Mollusks is available from the Joint FAO/WHO Expert Meeting on Microbiological Risk Assessment (JEMRA) at: http://www.fao.org/ag/agn/agns/jemra_index_en.asp.