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Codex News - June 15, 2015

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

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Upcoming Public Meetings

Codex Alimentarius Commission (CAC): The U.S. Codex Office will conduct a public meeting on Wednesday, June 17, from 1:00-4:00 PM, at the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Jamie L. Whitten Building, Room 107-A, 1400 Independence Ave, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250.   The purpose of this public meeting is to present draft US positions on the topics to be discussed at the upcoming 38th Session  of the CAC in Geneva, Switzerland, July 6-11, 2015.  Persons interested in attending the public meeting in person are strongly urged to provide their name, organizational affiliation, and contact information to Jasmine Curtis (202-205-7760; jasmine.curtis@fsis.usda.gov) for pre-clearance into the building.  Persons interested in participating by teleconference should dial 888-844-9904, and use participant code 512-6092.  The proposed agenda for this session is available at http://www.codexalimentarius.org/meetings-reports/en/.

Electronic Working Groups (eWGs)

Committee on Contaminants in Foods (CCCF)

Lead: CCCF invites Members and Observers to join  a re-established eWG, led by the United States, working in English only, to continue work on outstanding issues related to the review of maximum levels (MLs) for lead in fruits and vegetables in the General Standard for Contaminants and Toxins in Food and Feed, namely, review of MLs for passion fruit juice; juices and nectars from berries and other small fruits; canned berries and other small fruits; jams (fruit preserves) and jellies; mango chutney; canned chestnuts and canned chestnuts puree; canned brassica vegetables; canned leafy vegetables; canned legume vegetables; pickled cucumbers (cucumber pickles); preserved tomatoes; processed tomato concentrates; table olives; fungi and mushrooms.  Individuals in the United States and other Member countries and organizations interested in participating should provide their name, official title, and e-mail address to Lauren Robin (lauren.robin@fda.hhs.gov) as soon as possible. Please include “CCCF Lead MLs EWG” in the subject line.

There is also a call for data on the indicated foods covering approximately the last 10 years. Data should be submitted by August 31, 2015, to allow time for data analysis and drafting and review of the paper.  JECFA/WHO will be compiling data for the eWG. All new data must be submitted to JECFA through the GEMS database, which is now easily accessible on the web. To access the GEMS database, go to http://www.who.int/foodsafety/chem/gems/en/index.html. Please read the “GEMS/Food Database Manual” before attempting to submit data to GEMS. To submit data, you will need an account, and instructions on creating an account are found on page 2 of the manual. For technical questions about submitting data to GEMS, please contact Philippe Verger at the WHO (vergerp@who.int) and copy Lauren Robin (lauren.robin@fda.hhs.gov).

Committee on Food Additives (CCFA)

Milk and Dairy in the GSFA: CCFA invites Members and Observers to join an eWG, led by New Zealand, working in English only, on the revision of food category 01.1 “Milk and dairy –based drinks” and its subcategories in the General Standard for Food Additives (GSFA).  Individuals in the United States interested in participating should provide their name, official title, and e-mail address to the U.S. Codex Office (USCodex@fsis.usda.gov) by June 17, 2015.  Individuals in other Member countries and organizations interested in participating should forward their information through their Codex Contact Points directly to the New Zealand Codex Contact Point (NZcodex@MPI.govt.nz) and John van den Beuken (john.vandenbeuken@mpi.govt.nz) by June 19, 2015.

Committee on Fats and Oils (CCFO) 

List of Acceptable Previous Cargoes: CCFO invites Members and Observers to join an eWG, led by Malaysia, working in English only, to review of the List of Acceptable Previous Cargoes.  The specific terms of reference are:   

  • To consider proposals from members on new substances to be added to the List provided such proposals are supported by adequate and relevant information provided by the proponent.
  • Prioritize substances to be submitted to FAO and WHO for evaluation.
  • Consider proposals from members to remove substances from the list in the light of new data.
  • To report to the Committee with recommendations as indicated by the findings.

If needed, a Physical Working Group will be chaired by Malaysia to consider the report of the eWG immediately prior to the next Session of CCFO. Individuals in the United States interested in participating should provide their name, official title, and e-mail address to the U.S. Codex Office (USCodex@fsis.usda.gov) by June 27, 2015.  Individuals in other Member countries and organizations interested in participating should forward their information through their Codex Contact Points directly to:  ccfo_malaysia@moh.gov.my with a copy to zailina.am@moh.gov.my  before June 30, 2015.

Cold Pressed Oils: CCFO invites Members and Observers to join an eWG,  led by Iran, working in English only, to amend the title and revise the project document for the “Amendment to the Standard for Named Vegetable Oils (CODEX STAN 210-1999)” to include walnut oil, almond oil, hazelnut oil, pistachio oil, flaxseed oil and avocado oil.  Individuals in the United States interested in participating should provide their name, official title, and e-mail address to the U.S. Codex Office (USCodex@fsis.usda.gov) by June 27, 2015.  Individuals in other Member countries and organizations interested in participating should forward their information through their Codex Contact Points directly to: Dr. Zahra Piravi Vanak (zpiravi@gmail.com) by June 30, 2015.

Peanut Oil: CCFO invites Members and Observers to join an eWG, led by Argentina, working in English only,  to prepare a revision of the fatty acid composition and other quality factors of peanut oil in the Standard for Named Vegetable Oils (CODEX STAN 210‐1999).   Individuals in the United States interested in participating should provide their name, official title, and e-mail address to the U.S. Codex Office (USCodex@fsis.usda.gov) by June 27, 2015.  Individuals in other Member countries and organizations interested in participating should forward their information through their Codex Contact Points directly to: codex@minagri.gob.ar and peanutoil@minagri.gob.ar by June 30, 2015.

Sunflowerseed Oil: CCFO invites Members and Observers to join a re-established eWG, led by Argentina and now co-chaired by Brazil, working in English only, to revise the discussion paper and project document with respect to ranges of oleic and linoleic acids values and related quality composition factors in sunflowerseed oil.Individuals in the United States interested in participating should provide their name, official title, and e-mail address to the U.S. Codex Office (USCodex@fsis.usda.gov) by June 27, 2015.  Individuals in other Member countries and organizations interested in participating should forward their information through their Codex Contact Points directly to: sunfloweroil@minagri.gob.ar,   dfranc@minagri.gob.arana.peretti@anvisa.gov.br, codexbrasil@inmetro.gov.br by June 30, 2015.

Campesterol in Olive Oil: CCFO invites Members and Observers to join an eWG,  led by Argentina and co-chaired by Australia and Italy, working in English only, to revise Section 3 of the Standard for Olive Oils and Olive Pomace Oils (CODEX STAN 33-1981), and in particular, to introduce an exception for authentic virgin olive oils that naturally deviate from the current limit of campesterol.Individuals in the United States interested in participating should provide their name, official title, and e-mail address to the U.S. Codex Office (USCodex@fsis.usda.gov) by June 27, 2015.  Individuals in other Member countries and organizations interested in participating should forward their information through their Codex Contact Points directly to the following email addresses: oliveoil@minagri.gob.ar, mlarre@magyp.gob.ar, gcatal@minagri.gob.ar, codex.contact@agriculture.gov.au, john.power@agriculture.gov.au, piue2.codex@politicheagricole.it, a.faberi@politicheagricole.it, and gary.fan@agriculture.gov.au by June 30, 2015. 

Committee on Residues of Veterinary Drugs in Foods (CCRVDF) 

Global Survey: CCRVDF invites Members and Observers to join an eWG, co-chaired by Costa Rica and the United States, working in English and Spanish, to conduct a global survey on veterinary drug needs based on national implementation. Individuals in the United States and in other Member countries and organizations interested in participating should forward their information through their Codex Contact Points directly to kevin.greenlees@fda.hhs.gov, brandi.robinson@fda.hhs.gov, glavagni@meic.go.cr, and jrojas@senasa.go.cr  by July 3, 2015.

Carry-Over: CCRVDF invites Members and Observers to join an Ewg, o-chaired by Canada and the United States, working in English only, to prepare a discussion paper addressing the unintended presence of residues of veterinary drugs in food commodities resulting from carry-over of veterinary drugs into feed.  Individuals in the United States and in other Member countries and organizations interested in participating should forward their information through their Codex Contact Points directly to manisha.mehrotra@hc-sc.gc.ca and kevin.greenlees@fda.hhs.gov by July 3, 2015.

Committee on Nutrition and Foods for Special Dietary Uses (CCNFSDU)

Biofortification invites Members and Observers to join an eWG, co-chaired by Zimbabwe and South Africa, working in English only, to develop a proposed draft definition for biofortification or biofortified foods, taking into account the different processes applied. Individuals in the United States interested in participating should provide their name, official title, and e-mail address to the U.S. Codex Office (USCodex@fsis.usda.gov) by June 25, 2015.  Individuals in other Member countries and organizations interested in participating should forward their information through their Codex Contact Points directly to the Codex Contact Point for South Africa (CACPSA@health.gov.za) and the Codex Contact Point Zimbabwe (nepfoodsafety.zw@gmail.com and fchinyavanhu@healthnet.org.zw) by June 30, 2015.  Please use the following subject line: CCFSNDU eWG on Biofortification.

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