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Codex News - July 14, 2014

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

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Upcoming Meeting

Codex Alimentarius Commission will open its 37th Session in Geneva, Switzerland, on July 14, 2014, and the core of the agenda is consideration of proposed amendments to the Procedural Manual, the adoption of 30 new or revised standards (or groups of standards) proposed by 8 committees (along with the revocation of existing standards that are being superseded by any newly adopted standards), and the consideration of proposals for new work or the discontinuation of work proposed by committees.  The agenda and associated documents are available on line at http://www.codexalimentarius.org/meetings-reports/en.

The election of a new Chairperson and three new vice Chairpersons will also take place at this session because none of the incumbents are eligible for re-election.  Dr. Samuel Godefroy of Canada and Mrs. Awilo Ochieng Pernet of Switzerland are declared candidates for the office of Chairperson.  Competing for the 3 Vice Chairperson offices are:  Mr. Guilherme Costa of Brazil, Prof. Dr. Salah El-din Abu Raya of Egypt, Dr. Mahamadou Sako of Mali, and Dr. Yayoi Tsujiyama of Japan.

New Electronic Working Groups (eWG)

Codex Committee on Methods of Analysis and Sampling (CCMAS):  The United States will lead an electronic working group (eWG) to prepare a discussion paper on different approaches for determining equivalency to Type I methods for consideration at the next CCMAS session in March 2015.  Organizations and individuals interested in contributing to US participation in this working group should send their name, title, and contact information to the US Codex Office (uscodex@fsis.usda.gov) as soon as possible.  Member countries and observer organizations should send the representative’s name, official title, member country or organization, and email address to Gregory Noonan (Gregory.Noonan@fda.hhs.gov) with a copy to USCodex@fsis.usda.gov.

Committee on Contaminants in Foods (CCCF) announced the establishment of 3 electronic working groups:

  • Japan and co-chaired by Norway to develop a discussion paper to provide proposals for maximum levels for methylmercury in fish, to express to which fish species these should apply, and to include a project document for a new work proposal for consideration by the next Committee in March 2015. Organizations and individuals interested in contributing to US participation in this working group should send their name, title, and contact information to the US Codex Office (uscodex@fsis.usda.gov) as soon as possible.  Member countries and observer organizations should send the representative’s name, official title, member country or organization, and email address to Hirohide Matsushima (hirohide_matsushima@nm.maff.go.jp) with copy to codex_maff@nm.maff.go.jp, and to Anders Taraldsen (Anders.tharaldsen@mattilsynet.no), with a copy to Kirstin.faerden@mattilsynet.no
  • Brazil, assisted by the United States and Nigeria, will lead an to prepare a proposed draft revision of the Code of Practice for the Prevention and Reduction of Mycotoxin Contamination in Cereals to include an annex on the prevention and reduction ofaflatoxins and OTA in sorghum.  Organizations and individuals interested in contributing to US participation in this working group should send their name, title, and contact information to the US Codex Office (uscodex@fsis.usda.gov) by July 25.  Member countries and observer organizations should send the representative’s name, official title, member country or organization, and email to codexbrasil@inmetro.gov.br, with copies to ligia.schreiner@anvisa.gov.br; fabio.silva@anvisa.gov.br; Nega.Beru@fda.hhs.gov; nafdac@nafdac.gov.ng; codexng@sononline.org by July 31.
  • The Netherlands, with assistance from Japan, will lead an eWG to follow-up on the conclusions and recommendations of the Inter-Agency Working Group to determine the need and feasibility to pursue work on the following matters:  Stage of food production to which the Codex guideline levels apply; period of time these Guidelines (GLs) should apply in food trade following a nuclear or radiological emergency; the identification of internationally validated methods of analysis for radionuclides in foods; the development of sampling plans to enhance the implementation of the Codex GLs.If further work is identified, proposals will be presented for consideration at the next committee session (March 2015). Organizations and individuals interested in contributing to US participation in this working group should send their name, title, and contact information to the US Codex Office (uscodex@fsis.usda.gov) by July 25.  Member countries and observer organizations should send the representative’s name, official title, member country or organization, and email to name, title, and contact information to Rob Theelen (r.m.c.theelen@nvwa.nl) by July 31.

Other News 

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a “Quantitative Assessment of the Net Effects on Fetal Neurodevelopment from Eating Commercial Fish as Measured by IQ and also by Early Age Verbal Development in Children.”  The assessment can be found at www.fda.gov/Food/FoodborneIllnessContaminants/Metals/ucm393211.htm.

  • The assessment represents a nearly 10 year effort by FDA to estimate effects on the developing nervous system of the fetus from the consumption of commercial fish during pregnancy.  An assessment of this type can be a resource for public health officials in the development of risk management strategies, such as fish consumption advice directed to pregnant and lactating women. It can also point scientists to areas where additional research would be useful, since quantitative assessments must always rely on assumptions to some extent to fill gaps in existing data.   

The FAO and WHO Secretariat for the Joint Expert Committee on Food Additives (JECFA) has published the report of JECFA’s 78th meeting, in Rome, Italy, November 5-14, 2013.  The full report is available at:

The FAO and WHO Secretariat for the Joint Expert Committee on Food Additives (JECFA) has published the summary and conclusion of JECFA’s 79th session, which met in Geneva, Switzerland, June 17-26, 2014.  This summary report is available on websites for the FAO and the WHO:

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