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Codex News - August 4, 2015

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

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Electronic Working Groups (eWGs)

Committee on Residues of Veterinary Drugs in Food (CCRVDF)

Emerging issues:  CCRVDF invites Members and Observers to join an eWG, led by France, working in English only, with the following Terms of Reference: to prepare a discussion paper exploring the feasibility of adopting a scoring system to establish priorities for the work of the Committee. The deadline for submission of application for this eWG has been extended to 15 August 2015. Codex members and observers wishing to participate in this EWG should send their nominations to louise.dangy@ensv.vetagro-sup.fr.  Applications should be sent through or with a copy to the Codex Contact Point of the member country or recognized observer organization.

Codex Committee on Fats and Oils (CCFO)

Addition of High Oleic Acid: CCFO invites Members and Observers to join an eWG led by Colombia and co-chaired by Ecuador, open to all members and observers and working in English only, to prepare, subject to approval of the Commission, a proposed draft revision of the Standard for Named Vegetable Oils, for circulation for comments at Step 3 and consideration at its next session. Interested Codex members and observers to participate in the eWG, and to provide: name, official title, email address, name of country or observer organization, and telephone to Mrs. Claudia Maritza Bonilla Socadagui (cbonilla@minsalud.gov.co) and Mrs. Cristina Olarte Pinilla (bolarte@minsalud.gov.co). Codex members and observers wishing to participate in the EWG should send their nominations directly to the lead country as indicated in the attached file. Applications to participate in the work of the EWG should be sent through or with a copy to the Codex Contact Point (USCodex@fsis.usda.gov) of the member country or recognized observer organization on or before 10 September 2015.

Request for Comments

Committee on Food Hygiene (CCFH): CCFH, in CX 2015/47/6 request proposals for comment guidelines on the application of general principles of food hygiene to the control of foodborne parasites at Step 3 and should do so in writing in conformity with the Uniform Procedure for the Elaboration of Codex Standards and Related Texts to: Ms Barbara McNiff (Barbara.McNiff@fsis.usda.gov) with a copy to: The Secretariat, Codex Alimentarius Commission, Joint WHO/FAO Food Standards Programme, FAO, Rome, Italy, email codex@fao.org  by 30 September 2015.

Codex Committee Executive Committee (CCEXEC): CCEXEC in Ref. REP15/CAC para.106, agreed that the process to define the scope of Phase 1 of the review of Codex Work Management and Functioning of the Executive Committee should be transparent and inclusive with strong engagement of Codex members. Agreed the timeline and process for scoping Phase 1 as follows:

  • Send a circular letter in July 2015 requesting comments on the outcome of CCEXEC70 (deadline for comments: 15th September 2015).
  •  The Secretariat create a new document with FAO and WHO taking into account the working document and all comments and discussions in the process up to now (CCGP28, CCEXEC70, written comments, replies to the circular letter on the outcome of CCEXEC70).
  •  Circulate the new document for comments by the end of October with a deadline of 15 February 2016.
  • Discuss the document and comments at CCGP29 (May 2016) and create a new consolidated version of the document.
  • Consider the document at CCEXEC71 and take a final decision on the scope of Phase 1 at CAC39.
  • Start Phase 1 after CAC39.Codex Members and observer organizations wishing to submit comments on the outcome of the CCEXEC70 (REP15/EXEC para. 55) are invited to do so by replying to the online survey “Comments on outcome of CCEXEC70 discussion on Codex Work Management and Functioning of the Executive Committee” by 15 September 2015. The survey is available in English, French and Spanish. The survey will be transmitted directly by email to the Codex Contact Point of the member country or to the recognized observer organization using data from the Codex website. Please contact the Codex Secretariat (codex@fao.org)

Committee on Fats and Oils (CCFO): CCFO request for comments at Step 6 on the draft Standard for Fish Oils and noted that substantial progress had been made but that a few issues needed to be further discussed and that the information in Table 1 needed to be strengthened with additional data.

  • CCFO24 agreed to forward the proposed draft Standard to the Commission for adoption at Step 5.1
  • As requested by CCFO24, CL 2015/5-FO Part B, point 4 was issued asking for: additional information on the fatty acids profiles of anchovy and krill oils; and proposals for alternative texts in Section 7.3 “Other Labelling Requirements” in the CL 2015/5-FO document. Individuals both in the United States and in other Codex member countries and observer organizations wishing to provide comments should do so in sending their comments by e-mail to the Malaysian Secretariat for CCFO (ccfo_malaysia@moh.gov.my) and Secretariat, Joint FAO/WHO Food Standards Programme (codex@fao.org) by 30 September 2016.

Committee on Milk and Milk Products (CCMMP):  CCMMP request for comments at Step 6 on the draft General Standard for Processed Cheese. Codex members and observers are invited to submit comments to Secretariat Joint FAO/WHO Food Standards Programme (codex@fao.org).  Comments should be submitted through the Codex Contact Point or recognized international organizations having observer status with the Codex Alimentarius Commission. Comments should be in accordance with the general guidance for the provision of comments (Annex II) and presented in Word file to facilitate their analysis and compilation. Comment deadline is 30 September 2015.

Other News

The summary and conclusions of the 80th meeting of the Joint FAO/WHO Expert Committee on Food Additives (JECFA), which recently met in Rome, Italy, from June 16-25, 2015, are available on the FAO and WHO websites at: 

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Last Modified Aug 04, 2015