[Federal Register Volume 79, Number 114 (Friday, June 13, 2014)]
[Notices]
[Pages 33893-33902]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2014-13790]


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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Food Safety and Inspection Service

[Docket No. FSIS-2014-0003]


International Standard-Setting Activities

AGENCY: Office of Food Safety, USDA.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: This notice informs the public of the sanitary and 
phytosanitary standard-setting activities of the Codex Alimentarius 
Commission (Codex), in accordance with section 491 of the Trade 
Agreements Act of 1979, as amended, and the Uruguay Round Agreements 
Act. This notice also provides a list of other standard-setting 
activities of Codex, including commodity standards, guidelines, codes 
of practice, and revised texts. This notice, which covers the time 
periods from June 1, 2013, to May 31, 2014, and June 1, 2014, to May 
31, 2015, seeks comments on standards under consideration and 
recommendations for new standards.

ADDRESSES: FSIS invites interested persons to submit comments on this 
notice. Comments may be submitted by one of the following methods:
     Federal eRulemaking Portal: This Web site provides the 
ability to type short comments directly into the comment field on this 
Web page or attach a file for lengthier comments. Go to http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the on-line instructions at that site for 
submitting comments.
     Mail, including CD-ROMs, etc.: Send to Docket Clerk, U.S. 
Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service, Docket 
Clerk, Patriots Plaza 3, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Mailstop 3782, 
Room 8-163A, Washington, DC 20250-3700.
     Hand- or courier-delivered submittals: Deliver to Patriots 
Plaza 3, 355 E Street SW., Room 8-163A, Washington, DC 20250-3700.
    Instructions: All items submitted by mail or electronic mail must 
include the Agency name and docket number FSIS-2014-0003. Comments 
received in response to this docket will be made available for public 
inspection and posted without change, including any personal 
information, to http://www.regulations.gov.
    Docket: For access to background documents or comments received, go 
to the FSIS Docket Room at Patriots Plaza 3, 355 E Street SW., Room 8-
163A, Washington, DC 20250-3700, between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., 
Monday through Friday.
    Please state that your comments refer to Codex and, if your 
comments relate to specific Codex committees, please identify those 
committees in your comments and submit a copy of your comments to the 
delegate from that particular committee.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mary Frances Lowe, United States 
Manager for Codex, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of Food 
Safety, Room 4861, South Agriculture Building, 1400 Independence Avenue 
SW., Washington, DC 20250-3700; telephone: (202) 205-7760; fax: (202) 
720-3157; email: USCodex@fsis.usda.gov.
    For information pertaining to particular committees, the delegate 
of that committee may be contacted. (A complete list of U.S. delegates 
and alternate delegates can be found in Attachment 2 of this notice.) 
Documents pertaining to Codex and specific committee agendas are 
accessible via the Internet at http://www.codexalimentarius.org/meetings-reports/en/. The U.S. Codex Office also maintains a Web site 
at http://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsis/topics/international-affairs/us-codex-alimentarius.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background

    The World Trade Organization (WTO) was established on January 1, 
1995, as the common international institutional framework for the 
conduct of trade relations among its members in matters related to the 
Uruguay Round Trade Agreements. The WTO is the successor organization 
to the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT). U.S. membership 
in the WTO was approved and the Uruguay Round Agreements Act was signed 
into law by the President on December 8, 1994. The Uruguay Round 
Agreements became effective, with respect to the United States, on 
January 1, 1995. Pursuant to section 491 of the Trade Agreements Act of 
1979, as amended, the President is required to designate an agency to 
be ``responsible for informing the public of the sanitary and 
phytosanitary (SPS) standard-setting activities of each international 
standard-setting organization.'' The main organizations are Codex, the 
World Organisation for Animal Health, and the International Plant 
Protection Convention. The President, pursuant to Proclamation No. 6780 
of March 23, 1995 (60 FR 15845), designated the U.S. Department of 
Agriculture as the agency responsible for informing the public of the 
SPS standard-setting activities of each international standard-setting 
organization. The Secretary of Agriculture has delegated to the Office 
of Food Safety the responsibility to inform the public of the SPS 
standard-setting activities of Codex. The Office of Food Safety has, in 
turn, assigned the responsibility for informing the public of the SPS 
standard-setting activities of Codex to the U.S. Codex Office.
    Codex was created in 1963 by two United Nations organizations, the 
Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Health 
Organization (WHO). Codex is the principal international organization 
for establishing standards for food. 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, ensure 
fair practices in the food trade, and promote coordination of food 
standards work undertaken by international governmental and 
nongovernmental organizations. In the United States, U.S. Codex 
activities are managed and carried out by the United States Department 
of Agriculture (USDA); the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), 
Department of Health and Human Services (HHS); the National Oceanic and 
Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Department of Commerce (DOC); and 
the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
    As the agency responsible for informing the public of the SPS 
standard-setting activities of Codex, the Office of Food Safety 
publishes this notice in the Federal Register annually. Attachment 1 
(Sanitary and Phytosanitary Activities of Codex) sets forth the 
following information:
    1. The SPS standards under consideration or planned for 
consideration; and

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    2. For each SPS standard specified:
    a. A description of the consideration or planned consideration of 
the standard;
    b. Whether the United States is participating or plans to 
participate in the consideration of the standard;
    c. The agenda for United States participation, if any; and
    d. The agency responsible for representing the United States with 
respect to the standard.

    To Obtain Copies of the Standards Listed in Attachment 1, Please 
Contact the Codex Delegate or the U.S. Codex Office.

    This notice also solicits public comment on standards that are 
currently under consideration or planned for consideration and 
recommendations for new standards. The delegate, in conjunction with 
the responsible agency, will take the comments received into account in 
participating in the consideration of the standards and in proposing 
matters to be considered by Codex.
    The United States delegate will facilitate public participation in 
the United States Government's activities relating to Codex 
Alimentarius. The United States delegate will maintain a list of 
individuals, groups, and organizations that have expressed an interest 
in the activities of the Codex committees and will disseminate 
information regarding United States delegation activities to interested 
parties. This information will include the status of each agenda item; 
the United States Government's position or preliminary position on the 
agenda items; and the time and place of planning meetings and 
debriefing meetings following Codex committee sessions. In addition, 
the U.S. Codex Office makes much of the same information available 
through its Web page, http://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsis/topics/international-affairs/us-codex-alimentarius. If you would like to 
access or receive information about specific committees, please visit 
the Web page or notify the appropriate U.S. delegate or the U.S. Codex 
Office, Room 4861, South Agriculture Building, 1400 Independence Avenue 
SW., Washington, DC 20250-3700 (uscodex@fsis.usda.gov).
    The information provided in Attachment 1 describes the status of 
Codex standard-setting activities by the Codex Committees for the time 
periods from June 1, 2013, to May 31, 2014, and June 1, 2014, to May 
31, 2015. Attachment 2 provides a list of U.S. Codex Officials 
(including U.S. delegates and alternate delegates). A list of 
forthcoming Codex sessions may be found at: http://www.codexalimentarius.org/meetings-reports/en/.

Additional Public Notification

    FSIS will announce this notice online through the FSIS Web page 
located at: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsis/topics/regulations/fsis-notices.
    FSIS will also make copies of this Federal Register publication 
available through the FSIS Constituent Update, which is used to provide 
information regarding FSIS policies, procedures, regulations, Federal 
Register notices, FSIS public meetings, and other types of information 
that could affect or would be of interest to constituents and 
stakeholders. The Update is communicated via Listserv, a free 
electronic mail subscription service for industry, trade groups, 
consumer interest groups, health professionals, and other individuals 
who have asked to be included. The Update is also available on the FSIS 
Web page. In addition, FSIS offers an electronic mail subscription 
service which provides automatic and customized access to selected food 
safety news and information. This service is available at http://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsis/programs-and-services/email-subscription-service. Options range from recalls to export information 
to regulations, directives and notices. Customers can add or delete 
subscriptions themselves, and have the option to password protect their 
accounts.

    Done at Washington, DC, on June 9, 2014.
Paulo Almeida,
Associate U.S. Manager for Codex Alimentarius.

Attachment 1

Sanitary and Phytosanitary Activities of Codex

Codex Alimentarius Commission and Executive Committee

    The Codex Alimentarius Commission will hold its Thirty Seventh 
Session July 14-18, 2014, in Geneva, Switzerland. At that time, it will 
consider standards, codes of practice, and related matters forwarded to 
the Commission by the general subject committees, commodity committees, 
and ad hoc Task Forces for adoption as Codex standards and guidance. 
The Commission will also consider the implementation status of the 
Codex Strategic Plan, the management of the Trust Fund for the 
Participation of Developing Countries and Countries in transition in 
the work of the Codex Alimentarius, as well as financial and budgetary 
issues.
    Prior to the Commission meeting, the Executive Committee will meet 
at its Sixty-ninth session, July 8-11, 2014. It is composed of the 
chairperson; vice-chairpersons; seven members elected from the 
Commission from each of the following geographic regions: Africa, Asia, 
Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, Near East, North America, and 
South-West Pacific; and regional coordinators from the six regional 
committees. The United States is the elected representative from North 
America. The Executive Committee will conduct a critical review of the 
elaboration of Codex standards; consider applications from 
international non-governmental organizations for observer status in 
Codex; consider the Codex Strategic Plan and the capacity of the 
Secretariat; review matters arising from reports of Codex Committees 
and proposals for new work; and review the Food and Agriculture 
Organization and the World Health Organisation (FAO/WHO) Trust Fund for 
Enhanced Participation in Codex.
    Responsible Agency: USDA/FSIS.
    U.S. Participation: Yes.

Codex Committee on Residues of Veterinary Drugs in Foods

    The Codex Committee on Residues of Veterinary Drugs in Foods 
(CCRVDF) determines priorities for the consideration of residues of 
veterinary drugs in foods and recommends Maximum Residue Limits (MRLs) 
for veterinary drugs. The Committee also develops codes of practice, as 
may be required, and considers methods of sampling and analysis for the 
determination of veterinary drug residues in food. A veterinary drug is 
defined as any substance applied or administered to any food producing 
animal, such as meat or milk producing animals, poultry, fish or bees, 
whether used for therapeutic, prophylactic or diagnostic purposes, or 
for modification of physiological functions or behavior.
    A Codex Maximum Residue Limit (MRL) for Residues of Veterinary 
Drugs is the maximum concentration of residue resulting from the use of 
a veterinary drug (expressed in mg/kg or ug/kg on a fresh weight basis) 
that is recommended by the Codex Alimentarius Commission to be 
permitted or recognized as acceptable in or on a food. Residues of a 
veterinary drug include the parent compounds or their metabolites in 
any edible portion of the animal product, and include residues of 
associated impurities of the veterinary drug concerned. An MRL is based 
on the type and amount of residue considered to be without any 
toxicological hazard for human health

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as expressed by the Acceptable Daily Intake (ADI) or on the basis of a 
temporary ADI that utilizes an additional safety factor. The MRL also 
takes into account other relative public health risks as well as food 
technological aspects.
    When establishing an MRL, consideration is also given to residues 
that occur in food of plant origin or the environment. Furthermore, the 
MRL may be reduced to be consistent with official recommended or 
authorized usage, approved by national authorities, of the veterinary 
drugs under practical conditions.
    An Acceptable Daily Intake (ADI) is an estimate made by the Joint 
FAO/WHO Expert Committee on Food Additives (JECFA) of the amount of a 
veterinary drug, expressed on a body weight basis, which can be 
ingested daily in food over a lifetime without appreciable health risk.
    The Committee held its 21st session in Minneapolis, Minnesota, 
August 26-30, 2013. The following items are to be considered for 
adoption by the 37th session of the Commission in July 2014:
    To be considered for adoption:

 Draft provisions on Extrapolation of Maximum Residue Limits of 
Veterinary Drugs to Additional Species
 Draft provisions of the Use of the Concern Form for the CCRVDF

    To be considered at Step 5/8:

 Proposed draft Risk Management Recommendations (RMRs) for 
chloramphenicol, malachite green, carbadox, furazolidone, nitrofural, 
chlorpromazine, stilbenes and olaquindox
 Proposed draft Performance Characteristics for Multi-Residue 
Methods (MRMs) for Veterinary Drugs

    The Committee will continue working on:

 Draft Maximum Residue Limits for monepantel
 Proposed draft Maximum Residues Limits for derquantel
 Proposed draft Risk Management Recommendations for 
dimitridazole, ipronidazole, metronidazole, and ronidazole
 Priority List of Veterinary Drugs Requiring Evaluation or Re-
Evaluation by JECFA
 Draft provisions on establishment of MRLs for honey
 Discussion paper regarding the issues and concerns that impact 
the ability of the CCRVDF to efficiently perform its work
 Database on countries needs for MRLs
 Alternative approach to move compounds from the database on 
countries needs for MRLs to the JECFA Priority List

    Responsible Agencies: HHS/FDA/CVM; USDA/FSIS.
    U.S. Participation: Yes.

Codex Committee on Contaminants in Foods

    The Codex Committee on Contaminants in Foods (CCCF) establishes or 
endorses permitted maximum levels (ML) and, where necessary, revises 
existing guidelines levels for contaminants and naturally occurring 
toxicants in food and feed; prepares priority lists of contaminants and 
naturally occurring toxicants for risk assessment by the Joint FAO/WHO 
Expert Committee on Food Additives; considers and elaborates methods of 
analysis and sampling for the determination of contaminants and 
naturally occurring toxicants in food and feed; considers and 
elaborates standards or codes of practice for related subjects; and 
considers other matters assigned to it by the Commission in relation to 
contaminants and naturally occurring toxicants in food and feed.
    The Committee held its Eighth Session in The Hague, The 
Netherlands, March 31-April 4, 2014. The relevant document is REP14/CF. 
The following items are to be considered for adoption by the 37th 
Session of the Commission in July 2014:

 Editorial amendments to the General Standard for Contaminants 
and Toxins in Food & Feed (Codex Stan 193-1995)

    To be considered at Step 5/8:

 Proposed draft maximum levels for lead in infant formula and 
formula for special medical purposes intended for infants and for 
follow up formula
 Proposed draft maximum levels for inorganic arsenic in 
polished rice
 Proposed draft maximum levels for fumonisins in maize and 
maize products and associated sampling plans
 Proposed draft annex for the prevention and reduction of 
aflatoxins and ochratoxin A contamination in sorghum (Code of Practice 
for the Prevention and Reduction of Mycotoxin Contamination in Cereals 
(CAC/RCP 51-2003)
 Proposed draft Code of Practice for Weed Control To Prevent 
and Reduce Pyrollizidine Alkaloid Contamination in Food and Feed

    The Committee will continue working on:

 Proposed draft maximum levels for DON in raw cereal grains 
(wheat, maize and barley) including sampling plans and in flour, meal, 
semolina and flakes derived from wheat, maize or barley
 Maximum levels for lead in fruit juices and nectars (ready to 
drink), canned fruits and canned vegetables
 Maximum levels for lead in selected fruits and vegetables
 Proposed draft maximum levels for inorganic arsenic in husked 
rice
 Proposed draft Code of Practice for the Prevention and 
Reduction or Arsenic Contamination in Rice
 Proposed draft revision of the Code of Practice for the 
Prevention and Reduction of Mycotoxin Contamination in Cereals (CAC/RCP 
51-2003)
 Proposed draft maximum level for total aflatoxins in ready to 
eat peanuts
 Proposed draft maximum levels for cadmium in chocolate and 
cocoa-derived products
 Proposed draft maximum levels for acetylated derivatives (DON) 
in cereals and cereal-based products

    The Committee will work on the following discussion papers:

 Submission and use of data from GEMS/Food
 Radionuclides
 Approaches for phasing in of lower MLs
 Maximum levels for methylmecury in fish
 Mycotoxin contamination in spices (prioritization for 
potential work on MLs in spices)
 Feasibility of developing a code of practice for mycotoxins in 
spices
 Priority list of contaminants and naturally occurring 
toxicants proposed for evaluation by JECFA

    Responsible Agencies: HHS/FDA; USDA/FSIS.
    U.S. Participation: Yes.

Codex Committee on Food Additives

    The Codex Committee on Food Additives (CCFA) establishes or 
endorses acceptable maximum levels (MLs) for individual food additives; 
prepares a priority list of food additives for risk assessment by the 
Joint FAO/WHO Expert Committee on Food Additives (JECFA); assigns 
functional classes to individual food additives; recommends 
specifications of identity and purity for food additives for adoption 
by the Codex Alimentarius Commission; considers methods of analysis for 
the determination of additives in food; and considers and elaborates 
standards or codes of practice for related subjects such as the 
labeling of food additives when sold as such. The 46th Session of the 
Committee met in Hong Kong, China, March 17-21, 2014. The relevant 
document is REP14/

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FA. Immediately prior to the Plenary Session, there was a 2-day 
physical Working Group on the General Standard for Food Additives 
(GSFA) chaired by the United States.
    The following items will be considered by the 37th Session of the 
Commission in July 2014.

    To be considered for adoption:

 Amendments to the Notes of the GSFA
 Revised provisions for aluminum-containing food additives in 
selected standards
 Revised food additive sections of standards for meat products
 Revised food additive provisions of food category 08.0 (Meat 
and Meat products, including poultry) and its sub-categories of GSFA

    To be considered for adoption at Step 8 & 5/8:

 Draft and proposed draft food additive provisions of the GSFA

    To be considered for adoption at Step 5/8:

 Proposed draft Guidelines for the Simple Evaluation of Dietary 
Exposure to Food Additives (revision of CAC/GL 3-1989)
 Proposed draft amendments to the International Numbering 
System (INS) for Food Additives (CAC/GL 36-1989)
 Proposed draft specifications for the identity and purity of 
food additives

    The Committee will continue working on:

 Proposed draft food additive provisions of the GSFA 
(electronic Working Group (eWG) led by the United States)
    [cir] Food additive provisions in Tables 1 and 2 of the GSFA for 
Table 3 food additives with ``emulsifier, stabilizer, or thickener'' 
function, for their use for technological function other than as 
emulsifiers, stabilizers, or thickeners
    [cir] Food additive provisions in Table 1 and 2 of the GSFA in food 
categories 01.2 through 08.4, with the exclusion of food categories 
04.1.2.4, 04.2.2.4, 04.2.2.5, 04.2.2.6, 05.1.1, 05.1.3 and 05.1.4
 Alignment of the food additive provisions of commodity 
standards and relevant provisions of the GSFA (eWG led by Australia)
 Food additive provisions for food category 14.2.3 (Grape 
wines) and its sub-categories of the GSFA (eWG led by France)
 Food category descriptors and GSFA food additive provisions 
for food category 01.1 (Milk and dairy-based drinks) and its sub-
categories of the GSFA (eWG led by New Zealand)
 The effect of replacing GSFA Note 161 (``Subject to national 
legislation of the importing country aimed, in particular, at 
consistency with Section 3.2 of the Preamble.'') with an alternative 
note (or notes) to provisions for selected sweeteners (eWG led by the 
United Kingdom, with the assistance of the United States)
 Discussion paper on secondary additives (European Union)
 Discussion paper on the inconsistent terminology related to 
flavorings in the Guidelines for the Use of Flavourings (CAC/GL 66-
2008) and other Codex texts
 Amendments to the INS for food additives
 Specifications for the Identity and Purity of Food Additives 
(79th JECFA)
 Proposal for additions and changes to the Priority List of 
Substances Proposed for Evaluation by JECFA
 Information on the availability of data for the re-evaluation 
of six priority colors by JECFA
 Information document on the GSFA
 Information document on food additive provisions in commodity 
standards

    The Committee also agreed to hold a physical Working Group on the 
GSFA immediately preceding the 47th session of CCFA to be chaired by 
the United States. That group will discuss:

 The recommendations of the eWGs on: (i) The GSFA, (ii) the 
food additive provisions in food category 14.2.3 (Grape wines), (iii) 
the revision of food category 01.1 (Milk and dairy-based drinks) and 
its sub-categories, and (iv) Note 161 of the GSFA
 Proposed draft provisions for nisin (INS 234) in certain meat 
categories
 New proposals and proposed revisions of food additive 
provisions in the GSFA

    Responsible Agency: HHS/FDA.
    U.S. Participation: Yes.

Codex Committee on Pesticide Residues

    The Codex Committee on Pesticide Residues (CCPR) is responsible for 
establishing maximum limits for pesticide residues in specific food 
items or in groups of food; establishing maximum limits for pesticide 
residues in certain animal feeding stuffs moving in international trade 
where this is justified for reasons of protection of human health; 
preparing priority lists of pesticides for evaluation by the Joint FAO/
WHO Meeting on Pesticide Residues (JMPR); considering methods of 
sampling and analysis for the determination of pesticide residues in 
food and feed; considering other matters in relation to the safety of 
food and feed containing pesticide residues and; establishing maximum 
limits for environmental and industrial contaminants showing chemical 
or other similarity to pesticides in specific food items or groups of 
food.
    The 46th Session of the Committee met in Nanjing, China, May 5-10, 
2014. The relevant document is REP14/PR. The following items will be 
considered at the 37th Session of the Codex Alimentarius Commission in 
July 2014.
    For adoption:

 Proposed revision of the Risk Analysis Principles applied by 
the Codex Committee on Pesticide Residues for inclusion in the 
Procedural Manual

    To be considered at Steps 8 and 5/8:

 Draft and proposed draft Maximum Residue Limits for Pesticides 
in Foods and Feeds

    The Committee will continue working on:

 Draft revision of the Classification of Food and Feed: 
selected Vegetable Commodity Groups
 Proposed draft Principles and Guidelines for the Selection of 
Representative Commodities for the Extrapolation of Maximum Residue 
Limits for Commodity Groups--Table 2
 Draft Guidelines on Performance Criteria Specific for Methods 
of Analysis for the Determination of Pesticide Residues
 Discussion paper on Guidance to Facilitate the Establishment 
of Maximum Residue Limits for Pesticides for Minor Use/Specialty Crops

    Responsible Agencies: EPA; USDA/FSIS.
    U.S. Participation: Yes.

Codex Committee on Methods of Analysis and Sampling

    The Codex Committee on Methods of Analysis and Sampling (CCMAS) 
defines the criteria appropriate to Codex Methods of Analysis and 
Sampling; serves as a coordinating body for Codex with other 
international groups working on methods of analysis and sampling and 
quality assurance systems for laboratories; specifies, on the basis of 
final recommendations submitted to it by the bodies referred to above, 
reference methods of analysis and sampling appropriate to Codex 
standards which are generally applicable to a number of foods; 
considers, amends if necessary, and endorses as appropriate, methods of 
analysis and sampling proposed by

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Codex commodity committees, except for methods of analysis and sampling 
for residues of pesticides or veterinary drugs in food, the assessment 
of microbiological quality and safety in food, and the assessment of 
specifications for food additives; elaborates sampling plans and 
procedures, as may be required; considers specific sampling and 
analysis problems submitted to it by the Commission or any of its 
Committees; and defines procedures, protocols, guidelines or related 
texts for the assessment of food laboratory proficiency, as well as 
quality assurance systems for laboratories.
    The 35th Session of the Committee met in Budapest, Hungary, March 
3-7, 2014. The relevant document is REP14/MAS. The following items will 
be considered by the Commission at its 37th Session in July 2014.
    To be considered for adoption:

 Methods of Analysis and Sampling in Codex Standards at 
different steps

    The Committee will continue working on:

 Explanatory notes to the Principles for the Use of Sampling 
and Testing in International Food Trade (CAC/GL 83-2013)
 Discussion paper on the development of procedures/guidelines 
for determining equivalency to Type I methods
 Discussion paper on the development of a criteria approach for 
methods which use a ``sum of components''
 Compilation of a single list of methods in CODEX STAN 234-1999 
and commodity standards to conduct a validation exercise
 Follow-up on proposals for amendments to methods of analysis 
and proposals for sampling plans

    Responsible Agencies: HHS/FDA; USDA/GIPSA.

Codex Committee on Food Import and Export Inspection and Certification 
Systems

    The Codex Committee on Food Import and Export Inspection and 
Certification Systems is responsible for developing principles and 
guidelines for food import and export inspection and certification 
systems, with a view to harmonizing methods and procedures that protect 
the health of consumers, ensure fair trading practices, and facilitate 
international trade in foodstuffs; developing principles and guidelines 
for the application of measures by the competent authorities of 
exporting and importing countries to provide assurance, where 
necessary, that foodstuffs comply with requirements, especially 
statutory health requirements; developing guidelines for the 
utilization, as and when appropriate, of quality assurance systems to 
ensure that foodstuffs conform with requirements and promote the 
recognition of these systems in facilitating trade in food products 
under bilateral/multilateral arrangements by countries; developing 
guidelines and criteria with respect to format, declarations, and 
language of such official certificates as countries may require with a 
view towards international harmonization; making recommendations for 
information exchange in relation to food import/export control; 
consulting as necessary with other international groups working on 
matters related to food inspection and certification systems; and 
considering other matters assigned to it by the Commission in relation 
to food inspection and certification systems.
    The next session of the Committee will meet in Brisbane, Australia, 
October 13-17, 2014. The following agenda items will be discussed:

 Discussion paper on Principles and Guidelines for Monitoring 
Regulatory Performance of National Food Control Systems
 Discussion paper on the revision of the Principles and 
Guidelines for the Exchange of Information in Food Safety Emergency 
Situations
 Draft amendments to the Guidelines for the Exchange of 
Information between Countries on Rejections of Imported Food

    Responsible Agencies: HHS/FDA; USDA/FSIS.
    U.S. Participation: Yes.

Codex Committee on Food Labelling

    The Codex Committee on Food Labelling drafts provisions on labeling 
applicable to all foods; considers, amends, and endorses draft specific 
provisions on labeling prepared by the Codex Committees drafting 
standards, codes of practice, and guidelines; and studies specific 
labeling problems assigned by the Codex Alimentarius Commission. The 
Committee also studies problems associated with the advertisement of 
food with particular reference to claims and misleading descriptions.
    The Committee will hold its 42nd Session in Canada, October 21-24, 
2014. The Committee plans to continue work on the following items:

 Guidelines for the Production, Processing, Labeling and 
Marketing of Organically Produced Foods: Organic Aquaculture
 Review of the General Standard for the Labeling of Prepackaged 
Foods to address the issue on date marking
 Discussion paper on the labeling of non-retail containers
 Discussion paper on issues related to internet sales of food

    Responsible Agencies: HHS/FDA; USDA/FSIS.
    U.S. Participation: Yes.

Codex Committee on Food Hygiene

    The Codex Committee on Food Hygiene (CCFH):

 Develops basic provisions on food hygiene applicable to all 
food or to specific food types;
 Considers and amends or endorses provisions on food hygiene 
contained in Codex commodity standards and codes of practice developed 
by other Codex commodity committees;
 Considers specific food hygiene problems assigned to it by the 
Commission;
 Suggests and prioritizes areas where there is a need for 
microbiological risk assessment at the international level and develops 
questions to be addressed by the risk assessors; and
 Considers microbiological risk management matters in relation 
to food hygiene and in relation to FAO/WHO risk assessments.

    The Committee held its 45th session in Hanoi, Viet Nam, November 
11-15, 2013. The reference document is REP 14/FH. The following items 
will be considered by the Commission at its 37th Session in July 2014.
    To be considered for adoption:

 Proposed amendments to the definitions for hazard 
characterization, risk communication, risk estimate and risk management 
in the Principles and Guidelines for the Conduct of Microbiological 
Risk Assessment (CAC/GL 30-1999)

    To be considered for adoption at Step 5/8:

 Proposed draft Guidelines for the Control of Trichinella spp. 
in Meat of Suidae
 Proposed draft Guidelines for the Control of Taenia saginata 
in Meat of Domestic Cattle
 Proposed draft revision of the Code of Hygienic Practice for 
Spices and Dried Aromatic Herbs (CAC/RCP 42-1995)

    The Committee agreed to request the Commission to approve new work 
on:

 Guidelines for the Control of Nontyphoidal Salmonella spp. in 
Beef and Pork Meat
 Guidelines on the Application of General Principles of Food 
Hygiene to the Control of Foodborne Parasites


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    The Committee will continue working on:

 Annex on statistical and mathematical considerations to the 
Principles and Guidelines for the Establishment and Application of 
Microbiological Criteria Related to Foods (CAC/GL 21-1997)
 Proposed draft Code of Hygienic Practice for Low-Moisture 
Foods
 Review of a consolidated revision of the Code of Hygienic 
Practice for Fresh Fruits and Vegetables (CAC/RCP 53-2003)
 Applicability of draft criteria for evaluating and 
prioritizing new work and considerations for new work

    Responsible Agencies: HHS/FDA; USDA/FSIS.
    U.S. Participation: Yes.

Codex Committee on Fresh Fruits and Vegetables

    The Codex Committee on Fresh Fruits and Vegetables (CCFFV) is 
responsible for elaborating worldwide standards and codes of practice 
as may be appropriate for fresh fruits and vegetables; for consulting 
with the UNECE Working Party on Agricultural Quality Standards in the 
elaboration of worldwide standards and codes of practice, with 
particular regard to ensuring that there is no duplication of standards 
or codes of practice and that they follow the same broad format; and 
for consulting, as necessary, with other international organizations 
which are active in the area of standardization of fresh fruits and 
vegetables.
    The 18th Session of the Committee met in Phuket, Thailand, February 
24-28, 2014. The relevant document is REP14/FFV. The following items 
will be considered by the 37th Session of the Commission in July 2014.
    To be considered for adoption at Step 8:

 Draft Standard for Passion Fruit

    To be considered at Step 5/8:

 Proposed draft Standard for Durian
 Proposed draft Standard for Okra

    The Committee will continue working on:

 Proposed draft Standard for Ware Potato
 Proposed draft Standard for Garlic
 Proposed draft Standard for Aubergines
 Proposed draft Standard for Kiwifruit
 Minimum maturity requirements for table grapes (Standard for 
Table Grapes CODEX STAN 255-2007)
 Proposals for new work for Codex standards for fresh fruits 
and vegetables
 Review of the terms of reference of the Committee on Fresh 
Fruits and Vegetables
 Proposed layout for Codex standards for fresh fruits and 
vegetables

    Responsible Agencies: USDA/AMS; HHS/FDA.
    U.S. Participation: Yes.

Codex Committee on Nutrition and Foods for Special Dietary Uses

    The Codex Committee on Nutrition and Foods for Special Dietary Uses 
(CCNFSDU) is responsible for studying nutrition issues referred to it 
by the Codex Alimentarius Commission. The Committee also drafts general 
provisions, as appropriate, on nutritional aspects of all foods and 
develops standards, guidelines, or related texts for foods for special 
dietary uses in cooperation with other committees where necessary; 
considers, amends if necessary, and endorses provisions on nutritional 
aspects proposed for inclusion in Codex standards, guidelines, and 
related texts.
    The Committee held its 35th Session in Bad Soden am Taunus, 
Germany, November 4-8, 2013. The reference document is REP 14/NSFDU. 
The following items will be considered by the Commission at its 37th 
Session in July 2014.
    To be considered for adoption:

 Proposed draft Additional or Revised Nutrient Reference Values 
for Labeling Purposes in the Codex Guidelines on Nutrition Labeling 
(Protein)

    To be considered at Step 5:

 Proposed draft revision of the Codex General Principles for 
the Addition of Essential Nutrients to Foods (CAC/GL 9-1987)

    The Committee will continue working on:

 Proposal to review the Codex Standard for Follow-up Formula 
(CODEX STAN 156-1987)
 Proposed draft Additional or Revised Nutrient Reference Values 
for Labeling Purposes in the Codex Guidelines on Nutrition Labeling 
(other values than protein)
 Proposed draft Amendment to the Standard for Processed Cereal-
Based Foods for Infants and Young Children to include a New Part B for 
Underweight Older infants and Young Children
 Potential NRV for Potassium in relation to the risk of NCD
 Proposed draft revision of the List of Food Additives
 Discussion paper on biofortification

    Responsible Agencies: HHS/FDA; USDA/ARS.
    U.S. Participation: Yes.

Codex Committee on Fish and Fishery Products

    The Fish and Fishery Products Committee (CCFFP) is responsible for 
elaborating standards for fresh, frozen and otherwise processed fish, 
crustaceans, and mollusks. The Committee held its 33rd Session in 
Bergen, Norway, February 17-21, 2014. The relevant document is REP14/
FFP. The following items are to be considered for adoption by the 37th 
Session of the Commission in July 2014.
    To be considered for adoption:

 Food additive provisions in Standards for Fish and Fishery 
Products

    To be considered at Step 8:

 Draft Performance Criteria for Methods for the Determination 
of Marine Biotoxins (Section I-8.6) in the Standard for Live and Raw 
Bivalve Molluscs
 Draft Standard for Fresh and Quick Frozen Raw Scallop Products

    To be considered at Step 5:

 Proposed draft Code of Practice of Processing of Fish Sauce

    The Committee will continue working on:

 Proposed draft Code of Practice on the Processing of Fresh and 
Quick Frozen Raw Scallop Products
 Proposed draft Code of Practice for Fish and Fishery Products 
(section on Sturgeon Caviar)
 Food additive provisions in Standards for Fish and Fishery 
Products
 Discussion paper on histamine
 Discussion paper on nitrogen factors (amendments to section 
7.4 of the Standard for Quick Frozen Fish Sticks (Fish Fingers), Fish 
portions and Fish fillets-Breaded or in Batter (CODEX STAN 166-1989))
 Proposed draft Code of Practice for Fish and Fishery Products 
(optional final product requirements for commodities/appendix on MAP)
 New work proposal on a Standard for Fresh Chilled Pirarucu 
Fillet of Whole Fish

    Responsible Agencies: HHS/FDA; USDC/NOAA/NMFS.
    U.S. Participation: Yes.

Codex Committee on Fats and Oils

    The Codex Committee on Fats and Oils (CCFO) is responsible for 
elaborating worldwide standards for fats and oils of animal, vegetable, 
and marine origin, including margarine and olive oil.
    The Committee will hold its 24th session in Malaysia, February 9-
13, 2015, and will continue working on the following items:


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 Proposed draft Standard for Fish Oils
 Amendments to the lists of acceptable previous cargoes in the 
Code of Practice for the Storage and Transport of Edible Fats and Oils 
in Bulk (CAC/RCP 36-1987)
 Discussion paper on cold pressed oils
 Discussion paper on the amendment of the Standard for Named 
Vegetable Oils: High Oleic Soybean Oil

    Responsible Agencies: HHS/FDA; USDA/ARS.
    U.S. Participation: Yes.

Codex Committee on Processed Fruits and Vegetables

    The Codex Committee on Processed Fruits and Vegetables (CCPFV) is 
responsible for elaborating worldwide standards and related text for 
all types of processed fruits and vegetables including but not limited 
to canned, dried, and frozen products, as well as fruit and vegetable 
juices and nectars.
    The 27th session of the CCPFV will meet in Philadelphia, 
Pennsylvania, September 7-12, 2014. The Committee plans to discuss the 
following items:

 Proposed draft Sampling Plan including Metrological Provisions 
for Controlling the Minimum Drained Weight in Canned Fruits and 
Vegetables in Packing Media
 Proposed draft annexes on pears and pineapples (proposed draft 
Standard for Certain Canned Fruits)
 Proposed draft annexes on several quick frozen vegetables 
(proposed draft Standard for Certain Quick Frozen Vegetables)
 Proposal for the extension of the territorial application of 
the Regional Standard for Ginseng Products
 Food additive provisions in the Standards for Pickled Fruits 
and Vegetables (CODEX STAN 260-2007), Canned Bamboo Shoots (CODEX STAN 
241-2003) and the Annex on Mushrooms of the Standard for Certain Canned 
Vegetables (CODEX STAN 297-2009)
 Packing media provisions for pickled vegetables in the 
Standard for Pickled Fruits and Vegetables (CODEX STAN 260-2007)
 Status of work on the revision of Codex Standards for 
Processed Fruits and Vegetables

    Responsible Agencies: USDA/AMS; HHS/FDA.
    U.S. Participation: Yes.

Certain Codex Commodity Committees

    Several Codex Alimentarius Commodity Committees have adjourned sine 
die. The following Committees fall into this category:

 Cereals, Pulses and Legumes

    Responsible Agency: HHS/FDA.
    U.S. Participation: Yes.

 Cocoa Products and Chocolate

    Responsible Agency: HHS/FDA.
    U.S. Participation: Yes.

 Meat Hygiene

    Responsible Agency: USDA/FSIS.
    U.S. Participation: Yes.

 Milk and Milk Products

    Responsible Agencies: USDA/AMS; HHS/FDA.
    U.S. Participation: Yes.

 Natural Mineral Waters

    Responsible Agency: HHS/FDA.
    U.S. Participation: Yes.

 Sugars

    Responsible Agency: HHS/FDA
    U.S. Participation: Yes.

 Vegetable Proteins

    Responsible Agency: USDA/ARS.
    U.S. Participation: Yes.

FAO/WHO Regional Coordinating Committees

    The FAO/WHO Regional Coordinating Committees define the problems 
and needs of the regions concerning food standards and food control; 
promote within the Committee contacts for the mutual exchange of 
information on proposed regulatory initiatives and problems arising 
from food control and stimulate the strengthening of food control 
infrastructures; recommend to the Commission the development of 
worldwide standards for products of interest to the region, including 
products considered by the Committees to have an international market 
potential in the future; develop regional standards for food products 
moving exclusively or almost exclusively in intra-regional trade; draw 
the attention of the Commission to any aspects of the Commission's work 
of particular significance to the region; promote coordination of all 
regional food standards work undertaken by international governmental 
and non-governmental organizations within each region; exercise a 
general coordinating role for the region and such other functions as 
may be entrusted to it by the Commission; and promote the use of Codex 
standards and related texts by members.
    There are six regional coordinating committees:

Coordinating Committee for Africa
Coordinating Committee for Asia
Coordinating Committee for Europe
Coordinating Committee for Latin America and the Caribbean
Coordinating Committee for the Near East
Coordinating Committee for North America and the South West Pacific

Coordinating Committee for Africa

    The Committee (CCAfrica) will hold its 21st session in Cameroon, 
January 27-30, 2015.
    The Committee will continue working on:

 Developing a new strategic plan for CCAFRICA
 Identifying and ranking products suitable for a Codex standard 
(regional or international)

    Responsible Agency: USDA/FSIS.
    U.S. Participation: Yes (as observer).

Coordinating Committee for Asia

    The Committee (CCAsia) will hold its 19th session in Japan, 
November 3-7, 2014. The Committee will continue working on:

 Proposed draft Standard for Laver Products
 Proposed draft Code of Hygienic Practice for Street-Vended 
Food
 Discussion paper on new work on a regional standard for edible 
crickets and their products

    Responsible Agency: USDA/FSIS.
    U.S. Participation: Yes (as observer).

Coordinating Committee for Europe

    The Committee (CCEurope) will hold its 29th session in The 
Netherlands, September 30-October 03, 2014. The Committee will continue 
working on:

 Proposed draft Regional Standard for Ayran

    Responsible Agency: USDA/FSIS.
    U.S. Participation: Yes (as observer).

Coordinating Committee for Latin America and the Caribbean

    The Coordinating Committee for Latin America and the Caribbean 
(CCLAC) will hold its 19th session in Costa Rica, November 10-14, 2014.

    The Committee will continue working on:

 Proposed framework for monitoring the work of subsidiary 
bodies of the Codex Alimentarius Commission
 Proposal for new work on a Codex regional standard for 
yac[oacute]n

    Responsible Agency: USDA/FSIS.
    U.S. Participation: Yes (as observer).

Coordinating Committee for the Near East

    The Committee (CCNEA) will hold its 8th session in Lebanon, March 
9-13, 2015. The Committee will continue working on:

 Regional Standard for Doogh
 Standard for Halal Food
 Regional Standard for Labneh

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 Regional Standard for Mixed Zaatar
 Standard for Refrigerated and Frozen Meat
 Preparation of the Strategic Plan for CCNEA 2015-2020

    Responsible Agency: USDA/FSIS.
    U.S. Participation: Yes (as observer).

Coordinating Committee for North America and the South West Pacific 
(CCNASWP)

    The Committee (CCNASWP) will hold its 13th Session in Kokopo, Papua 
New Guinea, September 23-26, 2014.
    The committee will continue working on:

 Draft Strategic Plan for the CCNASWP 2014-2019
 Discussion paper on the development of a standard for 
fermented noni juice
 Discussion paper on the development of a regional standard for 
kava
 Discussion paper on products of the region that can be 
addressed by regional standards and mechanism for their prioritization

    Responsible Agency: USDA/FSIS.
    U.S. Participation: Yes.
    Contact: U.S. Codex Office, United States Department of 
Agriculture, Room 4861, South Agriculture Building, 1400 Independence 
Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20250-3700, Phone: (202) 205-7760, Fax: 
(202) 720-3157, Email: uscodex@fsis.usda.gov.

Attachment 2

U.S. Codex Alimentarius Officials

Codex Chairpersons From the United States

Codex Committee on Food Hygiene

Emilio Esteban, DVM, MBA, MPVM, Ph.D., Executive Associate for 
Laboratory Services, Office of Public Health Science, Food Safety and 
Inspection Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, 950 College Station 
Road, Athens, GA 30605, Phone: (706) 546-3429, Fax: (706) 546-3428, 
Email: emilio.esteban@fsis.usda.gov.

Codex Committee on Processed Fruits and Vegetables

Richard Boyd, Chief, Contract Services Branch, Specialty Crops 
Inspection Division, Fruit and Vegetable Program, Agricultural 
Marketing Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, 1400 Independence 
Avenue SW., Mail Stop 0247, Room 0726--South Building, Washington, DC 
20250, Phone: (202) 690-1201, Fax: (202) 690-1527, Email: 
richard.boyd@ams.usda.gov.

Codex Committee on Residues of Veterinary Drugs in Foods

Steven D. Vaughn, DVM, Director, Office of New Animal Drug Evaluation, 
Center for Veterinary Medicine, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, MPN 
2, Room 236, 7520 Standish Place, Rockville, Maryland 20855, Phone: 
(240) 402-0571, Fax: (240) 276-8242, Email: Steven.Vaughn@fda.hhs.gov.

U.S. Delegates and Alternate Delegates

General Subject Committees
Commodity Committees (Active and Adjourned)
ad hoc Task Forces
Regional Coordinating Committees

Worldwide General Codex Subject Committees

Contaminants in Foods (Host Government--The Netherlands)

U.S. Delegate
Nega Beru, Ph.D., Director, Office of Food Safety (HFS-300), Center for 
Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, 
5100 Paint Branch Parkway, College Park, MD 20740, Phone: +1 (240) 402-
1700, Fax: +1 (301) 436-2651, Nega.Beru@fda.hhs.gov.
Alternate Delegate
Kerry Dearfield, Ph.D., Chief Scientist, Office of Public Health 
Science, Food Safety and Inspection Service, U.S. Department of 
Agriculture, Room 9-195, PP 3 (Mail Stop 3766), 1400 Independence 
Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20250, Phone: +1 (202) 690-6451, Fax: +1 
(202) 690-6337, Kerry.Dearfield@fsis.usda.gov.

Food Additives (Host Government--China)

U.S. Delegate
Susan E. Carberry, Ph.D., Supervisory Chemist, Division of Petition 
Review, Office of Food Additive Safety (HFS-265), Center for Food 
Safety and Applied Nutrition, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, 5100 
Paint Branch Parkway, College Park, MD 20740, Phone: +1 (240) 402-1269, 
Fax: +1 (301) 436-2972, Susan.Carberry@fda.hhs.gov.
Alternate Delegate
Paul S. Honigfort, Ph.D., Consumer Safety Officer, Division of Food 
Contact Notifications (HFS-275), Office of Food Additive Safety, U.S. 
Food and Drug Administration, 5100 Paint Branch Parkway, College Park, 
MD 20740, Phone: +1 (240) 402-1206, Fax: +1 (301) 436-2965, 
Paul.Honigfort@fda.hhs.gov.

Food Hygiene (Host Government--United States)

U.S. Delegate
Jenny Scott, Senior Advisor, Office of Food Safety, Center for Food 
Safety and Applied Nutrition, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, 5100 
Paint Branch Parkway, HFS-300, Room 3B-014, College Park, MD 20740-
3835, Phone: +1 (240) 402-2166, Fax: +1 (301) 436-2632, 
Jenny.Scott@fda.hhs.gov.
Alternate Delegates
Kerry Dearfield, Ph.D., Chief Scientist, Office of Public Health, 
Science, Food Safety and Inspection Service, U.S. Department of 
Agriculture, Room 9-195, PP 3 (Mail Stop 3766), 1400 Independence 
Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20250, Phone: +1 (202) 690-6451, Fax: +1 
(202) 690-6337, Kerry.Dearfield@fsis.usda.gov.
Andrew Chi Yuen Yeung, Ph.D., Consumer Safety Officer, CFSAN, U.S. Food 
and Drug Administration, 5100 Paint Branch Parkway, HFS-316, College 
Park, MD 20740, United States of America, Phone: +1 (240) 402-1541, 
Fax: +1 (301) 436-2632, Andrew.Yeung@fda.hhs.gov.

Food Import and Export Certification and Inspection Systems (Host 
Government--Australia)

U.S. Delegate
Mary Stanley, Director, International Relations and Strategic Planning 
Staff, Office of Policy and Program Development, Food Safety and 
Inspection Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Room 2925, South 
Agriculture Building, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 
20250, Phone: +1 (202) 720-0287, Fax: +1 (202) 720-4929, 
Mary.Stanley@fsis.usda.gov.
Alternate Delegate
Julie Callahan, Ph.D., International Policy Manager, International 
Affairs Staff, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, U.S. Food 
and Drug Administration, 5100 Paint Branch Parkway, (HFS-550), College 
Park, MD 20740, Phone: +1 (240) 402-2054, Fax: +1 (301) 436-2618, 
Julie.Callahan@fda.hhs.gov.

Food Labelling (Host Government--Canada)

U.S. Delegate
Felicia B. Billingslea, Director, Food Labeling and Standards Staff, 
Office of Nutrition, Labeling, and Dietary Supplements, Center for Food 
Safety and Applied Nutrition, U.S. Food and

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Drug Administration, 5100 Paint Branch Parkway (HFS-820), College Park, 
MD 20740, Phone: +1 (240) 402-2371, Fax: +1 (301) 436-2636, 
felicia.billingslea@fda.hhs.gov.
Alternate Delegate
Jeffrey Canavan, Deputy Director, Labeling and Program Delivery Staff, 
Division Food Safety and Inspection Service, U.S. Department of 
Agriculture, 1400 Independence Avenue SW--Stop 5273, Patriots Plaza 3, 
8th Floor--161A, Washington, DC 20250, Phone: +1 (301) 504-0860, Fax: 
+1 (202) 245-4792, jeff.canavan@fsis.usda.gov.

General Principles (Host Government--France)

    Delegate Note: A member of the Steering Committee heads the 
delegation to meetings of the General Principles Committee.

Methods of Analysis and Sampling (Host Government--Hungary)

U.S. Delegate
Gregory O. Noonan, Ph.D., Director, Division of Bioanalytical 
Chemistry, Division of Analytical Chemistry, Center for Food Safety and 
Applied Nutrition, Food and Drug Administration, 5100 Paint Branch 
Parkway, College Park, MD 20740, Phone: +1 (240) 402-2250, Fax: +1 
(301) 436-2634, Gregory.Noonan@fda.hhs.gov.

Alternate Delegate

Dr. Timothy Norden, Branch Chief, Grain Inspection, Packers and 
Stockyards Administration (GIPSA), Technology & Science Division, U.S. 
Department of Agriculture, 10383 Ambassador Dr., Kansas City, MO, USA 
64153, Phone: +1 (816) 891-0470, Fax: +1 (816) 891-8070, 
timothy.d.norden@gipsa.usda.gov.

Nutrition and Foods for Special Dietary Uses (Host Government--Germany)

U.S. Delegate
Paula R. Trumbo, Ph.D., Nutrition Programs, Office of Nutrition, 
Labeling and Dietary Supplements, Center for Food Safety and Applied 
Nutrition, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, 5100 Paint Branch 
Parkway, HFS-830, College Park, MD 20740, Phone: +1 (240) 402-2579, 
Fax: +1 (301) 436-1191, Paula.Trumbo@fda.hhs.gov.
Alternate Delegate
Allison Yates, Ph.D., Associate Director, Beltsville Area Agricultural 
Research Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, 10300 Baltimore 
Avenue, Bldg. 003, Room 223, Beltsville, MD 20705, Phone: +1 (301) 504-
5193, Fax: +1 (301) 504-5863, Allison.Yates@ars.usda.gov.

Pesticide Residues (Host Government--China)

U.S. Delegate
Lois Rossi, Director of Registration Division, Office of Pesticide 
Programs, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Ariel Rios Building, 
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20460, Phone: +1 (703) 
305-5447, Fax: +1 (703) 305-6920, Rossi.Lois@epa.gov.
Alternate Delegate
Dr. Pat Basu, Senior Leader, Chemistry, Toxicology & Related Sciences, 
Office of Public Health Science, Food Safety and Inspection Service, 
U.S. Department of Agriculture, Patriots Plaza III, Room 9-205, 1400 
Independence Ave. SW., Washington, DC 20250-3766, Phone: +1 (202) 690-
6558, Fax: +1 (202) 690-2364, Pat.Basu@fsis.usda.gov.

Residues of Veterinary Drugs in Foods (Host Government--United States)

U.S. Delegate
Dr. Kevin Greenlees, Senior Advisor for Science & Policy, Office of New 
Animal Drug Evaluation, HFV-100, Center for Veterinary Medicine, U.S. 
Food and Drug Administration, 7500 Standish Place, Rockville, MD 20855, 
Phone: +1 (240) 402-0638, Fax: +1 (240) 276-9538, 
kevin.greenlees@fda.hhs.gov.
Alternate Delegate
Dr. Charles Pixley, DVM, Ph.D., Director Laboratory Quality Assurance 
Division, Office of Public Health Science, Food Safety and Inspection 
Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, 950 College Station Road, 
Athens, GA 30605, Phone: +1 (706) 546-3559, Fax: +1 (706) 546-3452, 
charles.pixley@fsis.usda.gov.

Worldwide Commodity Codex Committees (Active)

Fats and Oils (Host Government--Malaysia)

U.S. Delegate
Dr. Paul South, Review Chemist, Office of Food Safety (HFS-317), Center 
for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, U.S. Food and Drug 
Administration, 5100 Paint Branch Parkway, College Park, MD, USA 20740-
3835, Phone: +1 (240) 402-1640, Fax: +1 (301) 436-2632, 
Paul.South@fda.hhs.gov.
Alternate Delegate
Robert A. Moreau, Ph.D., Research Chemist, Eastern Regional Research 
Center, Agricultural Research Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, 
600 East Mermaid Lane, Wyndmoor, PA 19038, Phone: +1 (215) 233-6428, 
Fax: +1 (215) 233-6406, robert.moreau@ars.usda.gov.

Fish and Fishery Products (Host Government--Norway)

U.S. Delegates
Timothy Hansen, Director, Seafood Inspection Program, National Marine 
Fisheries Services, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, 
1315 East West Highway, SSMC3, Silver Spring, MD 20910, Phone: 
+1 (301) 427-8314, Fax: +1 (301) 713-1081, Timothy.Hansen@noaa.gov.
Dr. William Jones, Director, Division of Seafood Safety, Office of Food 
Safety (HFS-325), U.S. Food and Drug Administration, 5100 Paint Branch 
Parkway, College Park, MD 20740, Phone: +1 (240) 402-2300, Fax: +1 
(301) 436-2601, William.Jones@fda.hhs.gov.

Fresh Fruits and Vegetables (Host Government--Mexico)

U.S. Delegate
Dorian LaFond, International Standards Coordinator, Fruit and 
Vegetables Program, Specialty Crop Inspection Division, Agricultural 
Marketing Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Stop 0247, South 
Agriculture Building, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 
20250-0247, Phone: +1 (202) 690-4944, Fax: +1 (202) 690-1527, 
dorian.lafond@usda.gov.
Alternate Delegate
Samir K. Assar, Ph.D., Director, Produce Safety Staff, Office of Food 
Safety, Food and Drug Administration, Phone: +1 (240) 402-1636, 
Samir.Assar@fda.hhs.gov.

Processed Fruits and Vegetables (Host Government--United States)

U.S. Delegate
Dorian LaFond, International Standards Coordinator, Fruit and 
Vegetables Program, Specialty Crop Inspection Division, Agricultural 
Marketing Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Stop 0247, South 
Agriculture Building, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 
20250-0247, Phone: +1 (202) 690-4944, Fax: +1 (202) 690-1527, 
Dorian.Lafond@usda.gov.

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Alternate Delegate
Yinqing Ma, Ph.D., Consumer Safety Officer, Office of Food Safety (HFS-
317), Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, U.S. Food and Drug 
Administration, 5100 Paint Branch Parkway, College Park, MD 20740, 
Phone: +1 (240) 402-2479, Fax: +1 (301) 436-2632, 
Yinqing.Ma@fda.hhs.gov.

Spices and Culinary Herbs (Host Government--India)

U.S. Delegate
Dorian LaFond International Standards Coordinator, Fruit and Vegetables 
Program, Specialty Crop Inspection Division, Agricultural Marketing 
Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Stop 0247, South Agriculture 
Building, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20250-0247, 
Phone: +1 (202) 690-4944, Fax: +1 (202) 690-1527, 
Dorian.Lafond@usda.gov.
Alternate Delegate
George C. Ziobro, Ph.D., Dairy and Egg Branch, HFS-316, Division of 
Plant and Diary Food Safety, Office of Food Safety, Center for Food 
Safety and Applied Nutrition, 5100 Paint Branch Parkway, College Park, 
MD 20740, Phone: +1 (240) 402-1965, George.Ziobro@fda.hhs.gov.

Worldwide Commodity Codex Committees (Adjourned) Cereals, Pulses and 
Legumes (Adjourned sine die) (Host Government--United States)

U.S. Delegate
Henry Kim, Ph.D., Supervisory Chemist, Division of Plant and Dairy Food 
Safety, Office of Food Safety, Center for Food Safety and Applied 
Nutrition, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, 5100 Paint Branch 
Parkway, College Park, MD 20740, Phone: +1 (240) 402-2023, Fax: +1 
(301) 436-2651, henry.kim@fda.hhs.gov.

Cocoa Products and Chocolate (adjourned sine die) (Host Government--
Switzerland)

U.S. Delegate
Michelle Smith, Ph.D., Food Technologist, Office of Plant and Dairy 
Foods and Beverages, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, U.S. 
Food and Drug Administration (HFS-306), Harvey W. Wiley Federal 
Building, 5100 Paint Branch Parkway, College Park, MD 20740-3835, 
Phone: +1 (240) 402-2024, Fax: +1 (301) 436-2651, 
michelle.smith@fda.hhs.gov.

Meat Hygiene (Adjourned sine die) (Host Government--New Zealand)

U.S. Delegate
Vacant.

Milk and Milk Products (Adjourned sine die) (Host Government--New 
Zealand)

U.S. Delegate
Diane D. Lewis, Director, Grading and Standards Division, Dairy 
Programs, Agricultural Marketing Service, U.S. Department of 
Agriculture, 1400 Independence Ave. SW., Washington, DC 20250, Phone: 
+1 (202) 690-0530, Fax: +1 (202) 720-2643, Diane.Lewis@ams.usda.gov.
Alternate Delegate
John F. Sheehan, Director, Division of Plant and Dairy Food Safety, 
Office of Food Safety, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, 
U.S. Food and Drug Administration (HFS-3 15), Harvey W. Wiley Federal 
Building, 5100 Paint Branch Parkway, College Park, MD 20740, Phone: +1 
(240) 402-1488, Fax: +1 (301) 436-2632, john.sheehan@fda.hhs.gov.

Natural Mineral Waters (Adjourned sine die) (Host Government--
Switzerland)

U.S. Delegate
Lauren Posnick Robin, Sc.D., Review Chemist, Office of Food Safety, 
Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, U.S. Food and Drug 
Administration, Harvey W. Wiley Federal Building, 5100 Paint Branch 
Parkway, College Park, MD 20740-3835, Phone: +1 (240) 402-1639, Fax: +1 
(301) 436-2632, Lauren.Robin@fda.hhs.gov.

Sugars (Adjourned sine die) (Host Government--United Kingdom)

U.S. Delegate
Martin J. Stutsman, J.D., Office of Food Safety (HFS-317), Center for 
Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, 
5100 Paint Branch Parkway, College Park, MD 20740-3835, Phone: +1 (240) 
402-1642, Fax: +1 (301) 436-2651, Martin.Stutsman@fda.hhs.gov.

Vegetable Proteins (Adjourned sine die)

U.S. Delegate
Vacant.

Ad Hoc Intergovernmental Task Forces

Animal Feeding (Host Government--Switzerland)

U.S. Delegate
Daniel G. McChesney, Ph.D., Director, Office of Surveillance & 
Compliance, Center for Veterinary Medicine, U.S. Food and Drug 
Administration, 7529 Standish Place, Rockville, MD 20855, Phone: +1 
(240) 453-6830, Fax: +1 (240) 453-6880, Daniel.McChesney@fda.hhs.gov.
Alternate Delegate
Dr. Patty Bennett, Branch Chief, Risk Assessment Division, Office of 
Public Health Science, Food Safety and Inspection Service, U.S. 
Department of Agriculture, 901 Aerospace Center, Washington, DC 20250, 
Phone: +1 (202) 690-6189, patty.bennett@fsis.usda.gov.

Antimicrobial Resistance (Host Government--Republic of Korea)

U.S. Delegate
David G. White, M.S., Ph.D., Director, Office of Research, U.S. Food 
and Drug Administration, Center for Veterinary Medicine, 8401 Muirkirk 
Road, Laurel, MD 20708, Phone: +1 (301) 210-4187, Fax: +1 (301) 210-
4685, David.White@fda.hhs.gov.
Alternate Delegate
Neena Anandaraman, DVM, MPH, Veterinary Medical Officer, Applied 
Epidemiology Division, Office of Public Health Science, Food Safety and 
Inspection Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Stop 3777, PP3, 9-
241B, 1400 Independence Ave. SW., Washington, DC 20250, Phone: +1 (202) 
690-6429, Fax: +1 (202) 690-6364, neena.anandaraman@fsis.usda.gov.

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