WASHINGTON, March 31, 2014 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service in conjunction with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is sponsoring a public meeting to provide information and receive public comments on agenda items, and on draft U.S. positions to be discussed at the 46th Session of the Codex Committee on Pesticide Residues (CCPR), which will be held in Nanjing, China May 5-10, 2014.
The public meeting will be held on April 10, 2014, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the EPA, Room S-7100, One Potomac Yard South, 2777 South Crystal Drive, Arlington, VA 22202. Documents and agenda items related to the 46th Session of the CCPR will be accessible at the Codex website at: www.codexalimentarius.org. To join the public meeting by conference call, dial 1 (866) 299-3188 and use participant code: 7033056463#.
During the meeting, the committee will discuss:
CCPR is responsible for establishing maximum limits for pesticide residues in specific food items, in groups of food and certain animal feeding stuffs. It also considers methods of sampling and analysis for determining pesticide residues in food and feed while establishing maximum limits for environmental and industrial contaminants showing chemical or other similarities to pesticides.
Codex was established in 1963 by FAO/WHO. Codex seeks to protect the health of consumers and ensure fair practices in the food trade through adoption of food standards, codes of practice and other guidelines developed by its committees, and by promoting their adoption and implementation by governments.
For more information about the public meeting, or to submit written comments about the 46th Session of the CCPR, contact: Lois Rossi, Office of Pesticide Programs, U.S. EPA, Ariel Rios Building, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20406, telephone: (703) 305-5447, fax: (703) 305–6920 or e-mail: Rossi.Lois@epa.gov or Marie Maratos, U.S. Codex Office, 1400 Independence Avenue, Room 4861, Washington, D.C.; Telephone (202) 720-7760, e-mail: Marie.Maratos@fsis.usda.gov.