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Codex News - February 12, 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):  This is a reminder that 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 today 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

Committee on Contaminants in Foods (CCCF):  The U.S. Codex Office will conduct a public meeting on March 7, 2016, from 1:00-4:00 pm at the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Harvey W. Wiley Federal Building, Room 1A-001, 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 CCCF in Rotterdam, Netherlands.  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 Doreen Chen Moulec (doreen.chen-moulec@fsis.usda.gov) by March 4th for clearance into the FDA building.  For those wishing to participate via teleconference, please use the following call-in Number: 1-888-844-9904 and Participant Code: 512-6092. The proposed agenda and relevant documents for this session are available at http://www.fao.org/fao-who-codexalimentarius/meetings-reports/detail/en/?meeting=CCCF&session=10

Request for Comments

Committee on Pesticide Residues (CCPR):  The Codex Secretariat has issued Circular Letter CL 2016/1-PR requesting comments on the priority list for evaluation / re-evaluation of pesticides by the Joint FAO/WHO Meetings on Pesticide Residues (JMPR).  The CL is available in English on the Codex website: http://www.codexalimentarius.org/circular-letters/en/. If you are interested in having your comments considered in the U.S. response to this circular letter, please send your comments to Laura Nollen (nollen.laura@epa.gov) and Marie Maratos in the U.S. Codex Office (marie.maratos@fsis.usda.gov) as soon as possible.  Other comments should be sent directly to Ian Reichstein, Chair of the CCPR Electronic Working Group on Priorities (ian.reichstein@agriculture.gov.au), with a copy to Lifang DUAN of the CCPR Secretariat (ccpr@agri.gov.cn) and the Codex Secretariat (codex@fao.org) by March 1, 2016. 

Committee on Milk and Milk Products (CCMMP):   The Codex Secretariat has issued Circular Letter CL 2016/2-MMP for comments at Step 3 on the proposed draft Standard for Dairy Permeate Powders.  The CL is available in English on the Codex Website at the following link: http://www.codexalimentarius.org/circular-letters/en/.  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 March 15, 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 March 31, 2016.

Electronic Working Groups

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

Biofortification:  CCNFSDU invites Members and Observers to join an eWG, led by Zimbabwe and South Africa, working in English only, to further develop the proposed draft definition of biofortification.  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 miriebanda@yahoo.com, cacpsa@health.gov.za  and copied to nepfoodsafety.zw@gmail.com, tshitg@health.gov.za and ancikaria53@gmail.com by
February 28, 2016.

RUTF:  CCNFSDU invites Members and Observers to join an eWG, led by South Africa and co-chaired by Senegal and Uganda, working in English and French, to develop the Guidelines for Ready to Use Therapeutic Foods (RUTF) by clearly defining RUTFs in terms of:

a. its composition and safety aspects related to suitable ingredients,
b. the nutritional composition as outlined in the 2007 Joint Statement by WHO, WFP, UNSCN and UNICEF,
c. appropriate criteria and limits for relevant microbiological hazards and chemical contaminants
(e.g. heavy metals, mycotoxins and pesticides) and,
d. labelling requirements respectively in order to provide protection to vulnerable consumers of RUTF.

Individuals in the United States interested in participating should contact the U.S. Codex Office (USCodex@fsis.usda.gov) by March 1, 2016.  Other Codex members and Observers should send their full contact details via their Codex Contact Points to: tshitg@health.gov.za; naickn@health.gov.za; mgsall@gmail.com; and iwanyenya@nda.or.ug, with copies to the Contact Points of South Africa (CACPSA@health.gov.za), Senegal (mamediarrafaye@yahoo.fr) and Uganda (info@unbs.go.ug) by March 4, 2016.

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