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Codex News - January 29, 2016

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

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Upcoming Public Meetings

Committee on Food Additives (CCFA):  The U.S. Codex Office will conduct a public meeting on February 16, 2016, from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm at the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Harvey W. Wiley Federal Building, Room 1A-001 & 1A-002, 5100 Paint Branch Parkway, College Park, Maryland 20740.  The purpose of this public meeting is to present draft US positions on the topics to be discussed at the upcoming session of the CCFA in Xi’an, China.  Persons interested in attending the public meeting in person or by teleconference are requested to register in advance by providing their name, organizational affiliation, and contact information to Barbara McNiff (barbara.mcniff@fsis.usda.gov) by February 12th for clearance into the FDA building.  The Call-in Number and Participant Code will be provided to registered participants closer to the meeting date. The proposed agenda and relevant documents for this session are available at http://www.fao.org/fao-who-codexalimentarius/meetings-reports/detail/en/?meeting=CCFA&session=48

Request for Comments

Committee on Milk and Milk Products (CCMMP):   The Codex Secretariat has issued a reminder for information requested in Circular Letter CL 2015/34-MMP  (Request for Comments at Step 6: Draft General Standard for Processed Cheese).  The CL is available in English, French and Spanish on the Codex Website at the following links: CL 2015_34(E) , CL 2015_34(F) , CL 2015_34(S).  If you are interested in having your comments considered in the U.S. response to this circular letter, please send your comments to Ken Lowery in the U.S. Codex Office (kenneth.lowery@fsis.usda.gov) by February 11, 2016.  Other comments should be sent directly to the Codex Contact Point for New Zealand (CodexNZ@mpi.govt.nz) with a copy to the Codex Secretariat (codex@fao.org) by February 20, 2016.

Electronic Working Groups

Committee on Food Hygiene (CCFH)

Fresh Fruits and Vegetable:  CCFH invites Members and Observers to join an eWG, led by Brazil and France, working in English only, to prepare the revised draft Code of Hygiene Practice for Fresh Fruits and Vegetables (CAC/RCP 53-2003) and its annexes.  The EWG will also consider whether there is a need to develop annexes on tomatoes and carrots. Individuals in the United States interested in participating should contact the U.S. Codex Office (USCodex@fsis.usda.gov) by February 10, 2016.  Other Codex members and Observers should send their full contact details via their Codex Contact Points to: codexbrasil@inmetro.gov.br with a copy to ligia.schreiner@anvisa.gov.br, inspecao.alimentos@anvisa.gov.br,  and Caroline.NICOLO@dgccrf.finances.gouv.fr by February 12, 2016.

HACCP Annex:  CCFH invites Members and Observers to join an eWG, chaired by France and co-chaired by Chile, Ghana, India and the United States, working in English, Spanish and French, to prepare the proposed draft revision of the General Principles for Food Hygiene (CAC/RCP 1-1969) and its HACCP annex, for circulation for comments at Step 3 and consideration at the next session.  The eWG will also consider convening a Physical Working Group, with interpretation in English, French and Spanish, at the next session of CCHF to prepare a revised proposal based on comments submitted. Individuals in the United States interested in participating should contact the U.S. Codex Office (USCodex@fsis.usda.gov) by February 10, 2016.  Other Codex members and Observers should send their full contact details via their Codex Contact Points to: louise.dangy@ensv.vetagro-sup.fr  by February 12, 2016.

Committee on Cereals, Pulses, and Legumes (CCCPL) has extended the deadline to February 15, 2016, for Members and Observers to join the eWG, chaired Bolivia and co-chaired by the United States, working in English and Spanish, on the draft standard for Quinoa.  As part of a pilot program, the eWG will operate on an online bulletin board with the hope of achieving a better flow of information, greater security, and increased transparency.  Participants will be provided with the link and log-in information once credentials have been verified. Individuals in the United States as well as other Codex members and Observers interested in participating should provide their full contact information via their Codex Contact Points to the following: marisolmnina7@gmail.com;  marisol.mamani@ciq.org.bo;  roxana.llano@ibnorca.org;  and henry.kim@fda.hhs.gov  with a copy to: nataliafloresb-123@hotmail.com; thania@sindanorganic.com.bo; and kenneth.lowery@fsis.usda.gov.

Committee on Spices and Culinary Herbs (CCSCH) invites Members and Observers to join an eWG, led by Brazil, working in English only, to prepare sampling plans for inclusion in the draft standards for dried thyme and cumin, taking into account the recommendations of the Committee on Methods of Analysis and Sampling (CCMAS). Individuals in the United States interested in participating should contact the U.S. Codex Office (USCodex@fsis.usda.gov) by February 22, 2016.  Other Codex members and Observers should send their full contact details via their Codex Contact Points to: andre.oliveira@agricultura.gov.br and codexbrasil@inmetro.gov.br  by February 27, 2016.

Other

Call for Data:  The Joint FAO/WHO Expert Committee on Food Additives (JECFA) Secretariat has issued a call for data for its 83rd Meeting on Food Contaminants, scheduled for November 8-17, 2016 in Rome, Italy.  Please note the deadline for submission of the data is April 15, 2016.  Additional information on the call for data may be found at the following: http://www.fao.org/fileadmin/user_upload/agns/news_events/JECFA_83_call_for_data.pdf and http://www.who.int/foodsafety/JECFA83.pdf

New Codex Web Address:  As of this week, the Codex website (www.codexalimentarius.org) has moved to a new location under the FAO domain.  The new address for the Codex website is: http://www.fao.org/fao-who-codexalimentarius/.  For further information and support with technical issues please contact: codex@fao.org.

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