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Codex News - January 23, 2015

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

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Recent Meetings

Committee on Milk and Milk Products (CCMMP): The physical Working Group (pWG) on Processed Cheese met in Brussels, January 20- 22, 2015, and was co-chaired by Dr Steve Hathaway (New Zealand) and Ms Daniela Escobar (Uruguay).  Due to the wide range of processed cheese (and processed cheese like products or preparations being traded internationally), and the different designations assigned to these products, the participants realized it would be difficult to cover all of these products under a general standard for processed cheese.  It was also the understanding from the decision of CAC36 that the scope should be limited. In view of this, the pWG agreed to more clearly identify those products that were not covered by the draft standard to avoid any misunderstanding on the scope.

The pWG had extensive discussion on composition. While it was the consensus of the pWG that the main ingredient should be cheese, the pWG could not agree on the exact wording or the percentage of cheese and retained this section in square brackets.  The United States disagreed with emulsifiers being allowed in processed cheese and lodged a formal reservation.

There was extensive discussion regarding the naming of named varieties of processed cheese and three options for naming these products was retained in square brackets for later discussion.  The minimum fat content of dry matter was also placed in square brackets as was a proposal for spices and seasonings.  The pWG agreed to recommend that New Zealand as the Chair of CCMMP, which is sine die, circulate the draft standard at step 3 for further comment.

Upcoming Public Meetings

The US Delegate to the Committee on Methods of Analysis and Sampling (CCMAS) will conduct a public meeting on Thursday, February 5, from 10:00 AM to 12:00 noon, at the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) South Building, Room 1211, 1400 Independence Ave, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250.   The purpose of this public meeting is to present draft US positions on the topics to be discussed at the upcoming meeting of CCMAS.  Persons interested in attending the public meeting in person are strongly urged to provide their name, organizational affiliation, and contact information to Marie Maratos (202-205-7760; marie.maratos@fsis.usda.gov) for pre-clearance into the building.  Persons interested in participating by teleconference should dial 888-844-9904, and use participant code 512-6092.  CCMAS will hold its 36th session in Budapest, Hungary, February 23-27.  The proposed agenda for this session is available at http://www.codexalimentarius.org/meetings-reports/en.

Physical Working Groups (pWGs)

Committee on Food Hygiene (CCFH) invites Member and Observers to attend a pWG, led by the United States and Denmark, with interpretation provided in English, French, and Spanish, on the Proposed Draft Guidelines for the Control of Nontyphoidal Salmonella spp. in beef and pork meatThe pWG will be convened at the Centre Albert Borschette, rue Froissart 36, in Brussels, Belgium, in May 6-8, 2015.   Please note that space is limited at the Centre and so each delegation will have a restricted number of participants.  Individuals in the United States interested in contributing information/data to the U.S. delegation to the pWG, should send it directly to Barbara McNiff (barbara.mcniff@fsis.usda.gov).  Individuals in other Member countries and organizations interested in participating should register through their Codex Contact Point no later than Tuesday, February 17, 2015, using the Codex Meeting Manager system at http://codexmeetingmanager.com.

Electronic Working Groups (eWGs)

Codex Committee on Food Hygiene (CCFH) invites Members and Observers to join an eWG, led by Brazil and France, and working in English and French, to develop the discussion paper on the review of the Code of Hygiene Practice for Fresh Fruits and Vegetables (CAC/RCP 53-2003) and its annexes. The terms of reference of the eWG are:

  • Continue to remove redundancies and duplications between the main Code and its annexes, while ensuring the pure editorial nature of the amendments;
  • Use the resultant amended Code as a basis for identifying additional changes of a noneditorial nature; and
  • Prepare a discussion paper that clearly outlines and scopes the work on the revision of the Code for consideration by CCFH47.

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 February 6, 2015.  Individuals in other Member countries and organizations interested in participating should forward their information to Codex Brazil at codexbrasil@inmetro.gov br with a copy to ligia.schreiner@anvisa.gov.br; inspecao.alimentos@anvisa.gov.br; Caroline.NICOLO@dgccrf.finances.gouv.fr and Anselme.AGBESSI@dgccrf.finances.gouv.fr by February 10, 2015.

FAO/WHO Coordinating Committee for Asia (CCAsia): At the last session, members agreed to establish an eWG, chaired by India, open to all Members of the Asia Region and observers, working in English only, to redraft the proposed draft regional Code of Hygienic Practice for the Street-Vended Foods for consideration by the 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 February 18, 2015.  Individuals in other Member countries and organizations interested in participating should forward their information to codex-india@nic.in February 20, 2015.

Call For Data

A Call for data for the 81st meeting of the Joint FAO/WHO Expert Committee on Food Additives (JECFA) on Veterinary Drugs  (to be held in Rome from 17th  to 26th  November 2015), has just been published and is available on the FAO and WHO websites at:

The deadline for the data submission is 15th March 2015.

Other News

The full Report of the 2014 JMPR is now available at the FAO and WHO websites at the following links:

FAO: http://www.fao.org/fileadmin/templates/agphome/documents/Pests_Pesticides/JMPR/Report2014/web_JMPR_2014_Full_Report.pdf

WHO: http://www.who.int/foodsafety/areas_work/chemical-risks/jmpr_2014_summary_report.pdf?ua=1

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Last Modified Jan 23, 2015