[Federal Register Volume 79, Number 17 (Monday, January 27, 2014)]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office
[FR Doc No: 2014-01474]
DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
Food Safety and Inspection Service
[Docket No. FSIS-2013-0048]
Codex Alimentarius Commission: Meeting of the Codex Committee on
Methods of Analysis and Sampling
AGENCY: Office of the Under Secretary for Food Safety, USDA.
ACTION: Notice of public meeting and request for comments.
SUMMARY: The Office of the Under Secretary for Food Safety, U.S.
Department of Agriculture (USDA), and the Food and Drug Administration
(FDA), Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN), are
sponsoring a public meeting to take place on February 5, 2014. The
objective of the public meeting is to provide information and receive
public comments on agenda items and draft United States positions that
will be discussed at the 35th Session of the Codex Committee on Methods
of Analysis and Sampling (CCMAS) of the Codex Alimentarius Commission
(Codex), which will take place in Budapest, Hungary, from March 3-7,
2014. The Acting Under Secretary for Food Safety and the FDA recognize
the importance of providing interested parties the opportunity to
obtain background information on the 35th Session of CCMAS and to
address items on the agenda.
DATES: The public meeting is scheduled for February 5, 2014 from 2:00
p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
ADDRESSES: The public meeting will take place at the Harvey W. Wiley
Federal Building, Food and Drug Administration, Center for Food Safety
and Applied Nutrition, Room 1A-002, 5100 Paint Branch Parkway, College
Park, MD 20740.
Documents related to the 35th Session of the CCMAS will be
accessible via the World Wide Web at the following address: http://www.codexalimentarius.org/meetings-reports/en/.
Dr. Gregory O. Noonan, U.S. Delegate to the 35th Session of the
CCMAS, and the FDA, invite U.S. interested parties to submit their
comments electronically to the following email address:
Call-In Number: If you wish to participate in the public meeting
for the 35th Session of the CCMAS by conference call, please use the
call-in number and participant code listed below.
Call-In Number: 1-301-796-2700 or 1-877-231-0558 (toll free).
Participant Code: 5349.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For further information about the 35th
Session of the CCMAS contact: Gregory O. Noonan, Ph.D., Research
Chemist, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, Food and Drug
Administration, Harvey W. Wiley Federal Building, 5100 Paint Branch
Parkway, College Park, MD 20740; Telephone: (240) 402-2250, Fax: (301)
436-2634, Email: Gregory.Noonan@fda.hhs.gov.
For further information about the public meeting contact: Marie
Maratos, U.S. Codex Office, South Building, Room 4861, 1400
Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20250; Telephone: (202)205-
7760, Fax: (202)720-3157, Email: Marie.Maratos@fsis.usda.gov.
The Codex Alimentarius (Codex) was established in 1963 by two
United Nations organizations, the Food and Agriculture Organization and
the World Health Organization. Through adoption of food standards,
codes of practice, and other guidelines developed by its committees,
and by promoting their adoption and implementation by governments,
Codex seeks to protect the health of consumers and ensure fair
practices in the food trade.
The Codex Committee on Methods of Analysis and Sampling is
(a) Defining the criteria appropriate to Codex methods of analysis
(b) Serving as a coordinating body for Codex with other
international groups working in methods of analysis and sampling and
quality assurance systems for laboratories;
(c) Specifying the basis of final recommendations submitted to it
by other bodies;
(d) Considering, amending, and endorsing, methods of analysis and
sampling proposed by Codex (commodity) committees, except that methods
of analysis and sampling for residues of pesticides or veterinary drugs
in food, the assessment of micro biological quality and safety in food,
and the assessment of specifications for food additives do not fall
within the terms of reference of this Committee;
(e) Elaborating sampling plans and procedures;
(f) Considering specific sampling and analysis problems submitted
to it by the Commission or any of its Committees; and
(g) Defining procedures, protocols, guidelines or related texts for
the assessment of food laboratory proficiency, as well as quality
assurance systems for laboratories.
The CCMAS is hosted by Hungary.
Issues To Be Discussed at the Public Meeting
The following items on the Agenda for the 35th Session of CCMAS
will be discussed during the public meeting:
Matters Referred to the Committee by the Codex Alimentarius
Commission and Other Codex Committees
Endorsement of Methods of Analysis Provisions in Codex
Proposed Draft Principles for the Use of Sampling and Testing
in International Food Trade: Explanatory Notes (at Step 4)
Discussion paper on considering procedures for establishing
Discussion paper on elaboration of procedures for regular
updating of methods
Discussion paper on Sampling in Codex standards
Report of an Inter-Agency Meeting on Methods of Analysis
Other Business and Future Work
Each issue listed will be fully described in documents distributed,
or to be distributed, by the Codex Secretariat prior to the Committee
meeting. Members of the public may access or request copies of these
documents (see ADDRESSES).
At the February 5, 2014, public meeting, draft U.S. positions on
the agenda items will be described and discussed, and attendees will
have the opportunity to pose questions and offer comments. Written
comments may be offered at the meeting or sent to the U.S. Delegate for
the 35th Session of the CCMAS, Gregory Noonan (see ADDRESSES). Written
comments should state that they relate to activities of the 35th
Session of the CCMAS.
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USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.
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Done at Washington, DC on: January 9, 2014.
Mary Frances Lowe,
U.S. Manager for Codex Alimentarius.
[FR Doc. 2014-01474 Filed 1-24-14; 8:45 am]
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