Codex News - September 19, 2014
A summary of recent and upcoming events published biweekly; direct inquiries to USCodex@fsis.usda.gov
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Recent Committee Meetings
The Committee on Processed Fruits and Vegetables (CCPFV) held its 27th Session in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, from September 8-12. The purpose of this public meeting is to draft and agree on specific agenda items each country had for the upcoming meeting. The Committee was informed that the 28th Session of the Committee was tentatively scheduled to be held in approximately two years’ time. The exact date and venue would be decided between the United States of America and the Codex Secretariats. There were approximately 29 countries and 69 delegates who attended this public meeting. During this meeting the Committee agreed that paprika, dried chili peppers, dried garlic and dried ginger could be considered for new work in CCSCH rather than for the CCPFV.
The U.S. Delegate’s Report on this session will soon be published on line at: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsis/topics/international-affairs/us-codex-alimentarius/recent-delegation-reports.
The Codex Secretariat will publish the official report of this session at: http://www.codexalimentarius.org/meetings-reports/en/.
Upcoming Committee Meetings
Regional Committee for North America & Southwest Pacific (CCNASWP) will hold its 13th session in Kokopo, Papua New Guinea, September 23-26. The United States will attend as a member of this committee. The draft agenda for this session with related documents is available at: http://www.codexalimentarius.org/meetings-reports/en/.
Regional Committee for Europe (CCEURO) will hold its 29th Session in The Hague, The Netherlands, September 30 - October 3. The United States will attend the session as an observer. The draft agenda for this session with related documents is available at: http://www.codexalimentarius.org/meetings-reports/en/.
Upcoming Public Meetings
The US Delegate to the Committee on Food Labeling (CCFL) will conduct a public meeting on Tuesday, September 23, from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM, at USDA’s Whitten Building, 1400 Independence Ave., SW, Washington, DC, Room 107-A. The purpose of this public meeting is to present draft US positions on the topics to be discussed at the upcoming meeting of CCFL, which will hold its 42nd Session in Rome, Italy, October 21-24. The proposed agenda for this session is available with related documents at http://www.codexalimentarius.org/meetings-reports/en/.
The US Delegate to the Committee on Food Import and Export Certification and Inspection Systems (CCFICS) will conduct a public meeting on Thursday, September 23, from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM, at USDA’s Whitten Building, 1400 Independence Ave., SW, Washington, DC, Room 107-A. The purpose of this public meeting is to present draft US positions on the topics to be discussed at the upcoming meeting of CCFICS, which will hold its 21st Session in Brisbane, Australia, October 13-17. The proposed agenda for this session is available with related documents at http://www.codexalimentarius.org/meetings-reports/en/.
Persons interested in participating in the public meeting in person should provide their name to Maria Espinoza (firstname.lastname@example.org) to facilitate pre-clearance into the Whitten Building. Interested persons may also participate by teleconference by calling 888-844-9904, and use participant code 512-6092 to access the conference.
Electronic Working Groups
Committee on Fresh Fruits & Vegetables (CCFFV): New Zealand will lead an electronic working group (eWG) to begin drafting a standard for kiwi fruit, which is new work that was approved by the Commission. Iran will co-chair this eWG. Organizations and individuals interested in contributing to US participation in this working groups should send their name, title, and contact information to the US Codex Office (email@example.com) by September 26. Member countries and observer organizations should send the representative’s name, official title, member country or organization, email address and language of preference (English or Spanish) to codexNZ@mpi.govt.nz and firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com by September 30.