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Codex News - December 12, 2014

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

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Electronic Working Groups (eWGs)

Codex Committee on Food Import & Export Inspection & Certification Systems (CCFICS) invites participation in three electronic working groups:

Questionnaires:  CCFICS invites Members and Observers to join an eWG, chaired by New Zealand and Co-chaired by Brazil and Mexico, working in English and Spanish, to prepare a proposed draft standard on “Principles and Guidelines for the Elaboration and Management of Questionnaires Directed at Exporting Countries” for circulation for comment at Step 3 and consideration at its next Session.  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 December 16.  Individuals in other Member countries and organizations interested in participating should forward their information to CodexNZ@mpi.govt.nz with copy to Codex.Contact@agriculture.gov.au, garroyo@cofepris.gob.mx, and codexbrasil@inmetro.gov.br before December 18, 2014.  Please note that although there may be multiple experts, each country should designate one individual as the official representative to participate in the eWG.

There is also possibility of convening a physical working group during July 2015 on this proposed draft standard that would be conducted in English, French and Spanish.  Countries interested in possibly co-hosting the proposed physical working group should contact Ann Backhouse of the Australian Secretariat (ann.backhouse@agriculture.gov.au) to indicate their interest.

Monitoring Performance:  CCFICS invites Members and Observers to join an eWG, chaired by the United States, working in English only, to prepare a proposed draft standard on the “Principles and Guidelines for Monitoring Performance of National Food Control Systems” for circulation for comments at Step 3 and consideration at its next Session. 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 the U.S. Codex Office (USCodex@fsis.usda.gov) and the Australian Secretariat (Codex.Contact@agriculture.gov.au) before December 18, 2014.  Please note that although there may be multiple experts, each country should designate one individual as the official representative to participate in the eWG.

There is also possibility of convening a physical working group during July 2015 on this proposed draft standard that would be conducted in English, French and Spanish.  Countries interested in possibly co-hosting the proposed physical working group should contact Ann Backhouse of the Australian Secretariat (ann.backhouse@agriculture.gov.au) to indicate their interest.

Rejections:  CCFICS invites Members and Observers to join an eWG, chaired by the Australia and co-chaired by Canada, to prepare proposed draft amendments to “The Guidelines for the Exchange of Information Between Countries on Rejections of Imported Food (CAC/GL 25‐1997)” for circulation for comment at Step 3 and consideration at its next Session.  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 January 6, 2015.  Individuals in other Member countries and organizations interested in participating should forward their information to Codex.Contact@agriculture.gov.au before January 9, 2015.

Request for Comments

Committee on Sugars (CCS) requests comments on the draft standard for Non-Centrifugated Dehydrated Sugar Cane Juice.  Draft standard is included in the circular letter CL 2014/35-CS, available at this website: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsis/topics/international-affairs/us-codex-alimentarius/committees-and-task-forces/commodity-committees/codex-committee-on-sugars/ct_index.

Interested parties in the United States who wish to have their views considered for inclusion in the U.S. comments should send those views to the U.S. Codex Office (uscodex@fsis.usda.gov) by January 23.  Observer organizations and other member countries should send their comments to the Codex Secretariat (codex@fao.org) by January 31, 2015.    

Call for Data: FAO and WHO are jointly organizing an Expert Meeting with the specific objective of providing Member Countries with an updated overview of the current state of knowledge on hazards associated with conventional, novel and unconventional feed, feed ingredients (including feed additives, but not veterinary drugs) and feed production processes (e.g. insects, food waste, biofuels by-products). More specifically, the objective is to collate and analyse scientific information and data on:

  1. Hazards, their sources, their levels and variability (seasonality) in feed to facilitate feed safety assessment;
  2. Transfer of hazards from feed to food products of animal origin;
  3. Emerging hazards in the animal feed chain; including hazards in novel and unconventional feed, feed ingredients and feed production processes; and 
  4. New analytical methods for the detection of hazards in feed, including rapid methods and multi-analyte methods.

The meeting will also provide guidance on the most appropriate use of this information for risk analyses purposes; it will identify knowledge gaps and prioritize future work on the identification of potential hazards of key global concern from the perspective of human and animal health.  Individuals in the United States interested in participating should contact the U.S. Codex Office (USCodex@fsis.usda.gov) for further information.  Individuals in other Member countries and organizations should contact their Codex Contact Point directly to receive additional information on the call for experts and data, as soon as possible, and no later than January 31, 2015.

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