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Codex News - August 26, 2016

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

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Electronic Working Groups

Committee on Methods of Analysis and Sampling (CCMAS) invites Members and Observers to join the re-established eWG, chaired by Chile and co-chaired by France, working in English only, to work on criteria for endorsement of biological methods used to detect chemicals of concern.  The specific terms of reference are as follows: 

  • to identify those methods already adopted by Codex as possible replacements for some of the biological methods for the determination of vitamins and to identify clear questions that could be put to the relevant Codex committees in relation to these methods;
  • to continue with the classification of biological methods; and
  • to identify to which classes of methods the criteria approach applies and recommend criteria to endorse each class of biological methods defined. 

Individuals in the United States interested in participating in the eWG should contact the U.S. Codex Office (USCodex@fsis.usda.gov) immediately.  Other Codex members and Observers should send their full contact details via their Codex Contact Points to Soraya Sandoval (codex@ispch.cl) and copied to Jean-Luc Deborde (jean-luc.deborde@scl.finances.gouv.fr) as soon as possible.

Committee on Contaminants in Foods (CCCF) 

Dioxin:  CCCFinvites Members and Observers to join an eWG, chaired by the European Union, working in English only, to prepare a discussion paper on the review of the Code of Practice for the Prevention and Reduction of Dioxin and Dioxin-like PCB Contamination in Food and Feeds (CAC/RCP 62-2006).  The specific task will be to evaluate if recommendations from the JECFA assessment on non-dioxin like PCBs could be included.  Individuals in the United States interested in participating in this eWG should contact the U.S. Codex Office (USCodex@fsis.usda.gov) by August 30, 2016.  Other Codex members and Observers should send their full contact details via their Codex Contact Points to frans.verstraete@ec.europa.eu with a copy to Sante-Codex@ec.europa.eu by August 31, 2016. 

Mycotoxins in Spices:  CCCF invites Members and Observers to join an eWG chaired by India and co-chaired by the European Union, working in English only, to develop a new discussion paper on the development of maximum levels for mycotoxins in spices. The specific terms of reference are as follows:

  • provide a rationale for selection of spices (chili, paprika, ginger, nutmeg, pepper, turmeric);
  • provide rationale for selection of total aflatoxins and OTA;
  • take into account the outcome of JECFA evaluation of 2016;
  • consider trade aspects of existing national standards; and
  • prepare a Project document for new work with proposals for MLs for spices.

Individuals in the United States interested in participating in this eWG should contact the U.S. Codex Office (USCodex@fsis.usda.gov) immediately.  Other Codex members and Observers should send their full contact details via their Codex Contact Points to Dr. Dinesh Singh Bisht (ccsch.bisht@gmail.com), Frans Verstraete EU (Frans.Verstraete@ec.europa.eu) with a copy to codex-india@nic.in and Sante-Codex@ec.europa.eu.

Physical Working Groups (pWG)

Antimicrobial Resistance:   The 39th Session of the Codex Alimentarius Commission agreed to establish a pWG, chaired by the United Kingdom and co-chaired by Australia and the United States, open to all Members and Observers with the following tasks:

  • Revise the project documents for new work (CX/CAC 16/39/12, Appendix 1, part 1 and 2);
  • Revise the terms of reference for the request for scientific advice to FAO and WHO in collaboration with OIE (CX/CAC 16/39/12, Appendix 3); and  
  • Request FAO and WHO to develop a capacity development program to respond to the needs identified.

The pWG will be held November 29 – December 2, 2016 in London, United Kingdom at 15 Hatfields, Chadwick Court, London, SE1 8DJ. The pWG will be conducted in English, French and Spanish.

An electronic pre-consultation is planned to prepare the documents that will facilitate the work of the pWG. Individuals in the United States and in other Codex members and Observers interested in participating in this pre-consultation should send their full contact details via their Codex Contact Points to the following addresses:  United Kingdom (mike.oneill@foodstandards.gsi.gov.uk); USA (Kenneth.lowery@fsis.usda.gov); and Australia (codex.contact@agriculture.gov.au) by September 2, 2016.

Registration Forms for the pWG are due by October 25, 2016, and should be sent directly to oladapo.fakoyede@foodstandards.gsi.gov.uk.  Questions regarding visas should also be directed to this email address. Please note that due to venue capacity restrictions, the chairs of the pWG request that delegations be limited to three members each.

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