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Codex News - May 18, 2015

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

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Physical Working Groups (pWGs)

Committee on Food Import & Export Inspection & Certification Systems (CCFICS) invites Members and Observers to two physical working groups, led by Australia and the United Kingdom, and planned for July 16 – 21, 2015, in London, United Kingdom. The goal of the pWGs is to progress the work of the Committee, subject to the approval of new work by the Codex Alimentarius Commission this July.  The pWGs will be conducted in English, French and Spanish.  The pWG to consider the proposed draft Principles and Guidelines for the Exchange of Information (Including Questionnaires) Between Countries to Support Food Import and Export will take place on July 16-17, 2015.  The pWG to consider the proposed draft Guidelines for Monitoring the Performance of National Food Control Systems will take place on July 20-21, 2015.

Individuals in the United States interested in contributing information/data to the U.S. delegation to the pWG, should contact the U.S. Codex Office (USCodex@fsis.usda.gov) as soon as possible. Other Codex members and observers wishing to participate in the pWGs should return the completed registration form, indicating clearly whether delegates will attend one or both of the physical working groups, to Codex Australia codex.contact@agriculture.gov.au no later than June 26, 2015.Please note that as seating may be limited so delegations are limited to three members.Details regarding the process for booking accommodation and other delegate information will be provided on confirmation of your registration.

Electronic Working Groups (eWGs)

Committee on Contaminants in Foods (CCCF) 

Arsenic in Rice:  CCCF invites Members and Observers to join an eWG, led by Japan and co-chaired by China, open to all Members and observers and working in English only, to further develop the Code of Practice for the Prevention and Reduction of Arsenic Contamination in Rice.   The eWG will take into account the points raised in the discussion and the written comments submitted, and to make proposals for consideration by the next session of the Committee.  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 May 28.  Members and observer organizations in other countries should provide the requested information through the Codex Contact Points to the following email addresses: JPPSDCCCF@nm.maff.go.jp  and wuyongning@cfsa.net.cn  with a copy to codex@mext.go.jp  by May 31, 2015.

Inorganic Arsenic in Rice:  CCCF invites Members and Observers to join an eWG, led by Japan and co-chaired by China, open to all Members and observers and working in English only, to elaborate the Proposed Draft Maximum Level for Inorganic Arsenic in Rice. The eWG will further consider new/additional data provided by countries, especially main rice-producing countries and countries where husked rice is a major staple food, in view of the opinions expressed regarding the need for more geographically representative data. The Committee will consider the outcome of the analysis performed by the eWG based on the current and new/additional data to confirm or change the ML of 0.35 mg/kg.

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 May 28.  Members and observer organizations in other countries should provide the requested information through the Codex Contact Points to the following email addresses: JPPSDCCCF@nm.maff.go.jp  and wuyongning@cfsa.net.cn  with a copy to codex@mext.go.jp  by May 31, 2015.

Cadmium in Chocolate and Cocoa-Derived Products:  CCCF invites Members and Observers to join the re-established eWG, led by Ecuador and co-chaired by Brazil and Ghana, working in English and Spanish, to reconsider the proposed draft MLs for cadmium in chocolate and cocoa-derived products.  The eWG will take into account the points raised in the discussion and the written comments submitted, and to make proposals for consideration by the next session of the Committee. 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 May 28.  Members and observer organizations in other countries should provide the requested information through the Codex Contact Points to the following email addresses: codexecuador@inen.gob.ec  with copy to cccf.ewg.ecuador@agrocalidad.gob.ec by May 31, 2015.

Committee on Food Additives (CCFA) 

International Numbering System (INS): CCFA invites Members and Observers to join an eWG, led by Iran, working in English only, to consider the replies to the Circular Letter requesting proposals for changes and/or additions to the INS and to assign INS numbers for specific proteases for which no corresponding INS has been set (e.g. proteases from Aspergillus oryzae var. and from Streptomyces fradiae). Please note the deadline for comments on the INS issues detailed in CL 2015/10-FA is September 15, 2015.  Individuals in the United States interested in participating in the eWG should provide their name, official title, and e-mail address to the U.S. Codex Office (USCodex@fsis.usda.gov) by June 10.  Members and observer organizations in other countries should provide the requested information through the Codex Contact Points to Dr. Behzad Marandi (bmarandi@arianprocess.com) by June 15, 2015.

Additives in Additives (Secondary Additives): CCFA invites Members and Observers to join an eWG, led by the European Union and working in English only, to continue the work on secondary food additives to:

(i) Compare the working definition (see REP15/FA, para 147) with the Section 4 in the Preamble of the GSFA; and if the analysis under (i) establishes that Section 4 does not appropriately cover all the aspects of the definition;
(ii) Analyze what would be the impact of the definition on the GSFA.

The report of the EWG will form a basis for the discussion at the 48th session of the CCFA to decide on the way forward. 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 May 26.  Members and observer organizations in other countries should provide the requested information through the Codex Contact Points to the EU Codex Contact Point (sante-Codex@ec.europa.eu) and Jiri Sochor (Jiri.SOCHOR@ec.europa.eu) by May 29, 2015.

General Standard for Food Additives (GSFA): CCFA invites Members and Observers to join an eWG, led by the United States of America, and working in English only, to request information and justification on the use of nisin (INS 234) in food category 08.3.2 (Heat-treated processed comminuted meat, poultry, and game products) in general, and specifically in products conforming to the corresponding commodity standards, and to prepare proposals based on the information received. Individuals in the United States as well as other Codex Members and Observers interested in participating in this eWG should provide their contact information, including name(s), affiliation, and e-mail address to Dr. Susan Carberry (ccfa@fda.hhs.gov) by June 5, 2015.

Labelling of Food Additives when Sold as Such: CCFA invites Members and Observers to join an eWG, led by the United States of America, and working in English only, to prepare a proposed draft revision of Sections 4.1.c and 5.1.c of the General Standard for the Labelling of Food Additives when Sold as Such (CODEX STAN 107-1981), for consideration at the next session.  Individuals in the United States as well as other Codex Members and Observers interested in participating in this eWG should provide their contact information, including name(s), affiliation, and e-mail address to Dr. Susan Carberry (ccfa@fda.hhs.gov) by June 15, 2015.

Committee on Methods of Analysis and Sampling (CCMAS)

Type I Methods:  CCMAS invites Members and Observers to join an eWG, led by the United States, open to all Members and observers and working in English only, to further develop the Discussion Paper on Development of Procedures / Guidelines for Determining Equivalency to Type I Methods.   The eWG will take into account the points raised in the discussion and the written comments submitted, and make proposals for consideration by the next session of the Committee.  Individuals in the United States interested in participating should provide their name, official title, and e-mail address to Dr. Gregory Noonan (Gregory.Noonan@fda.hhs.gov), with a copy to the U.S. Codex Office (USCodex@fsis.usda.gov) with subject line of CCMAS Criteria eWG by June 12, 2015.

Other News

The final evaluation of the Codex Trust Fund in English is now available on the Codex Alimentarius Commission website at the following link:  ftp://ftp.fao.org/codex/Meetings/CAC/cac38/cac38_18_add3e.pdf

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