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Codex News - July 7, 2017

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

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Request for Comments 

Committee on Fresh Fruits and Vegetables (CCFFV)  

Kiwi:   The Codex Secretariat has issued a Circular Letter (CL 2017/14-OCS-FFV) requesting comments at Step 6 on the draft standard for Kiwifruit.  The CL is currently available in English on the Codex Website at the following link: www.fao.org/fao-who-codexalimentarius/circular-letters/en/.   If you are interested in having your comments considered in the U.S. response to this CL, please send your comments to Ken Lowery in the U.S. Codex Office (kenneth.lowery@fsis.usda.gov) by August 1, 2017.    Other Countries and Observers should upload comments directly to the Codex Online Commenting System (OCS) https://ocs.codexalimentarius.org/  by August 31, 2017.

Electronic Working Groups (eWG)

Committee on Contaminants in Foods (CCCF)

Low Level Presence:  CCCF invites Members and Observers to join an eWG, chaired by New Zealand and co-chaired by The Netherlands, working in English only, to develop Guidelines for Risk Analysis of Chemicals Inadvertently Present in Food at Low Levels.  Since only one individual may represent each country in the forum, individuals in the United States interested in participating in the U.S. Contribution to eWG should contact Doreen Chen-Moulec in the U.S. Codex Office (doreen.chen-moulec@fsis.usda.gov) by July 26, 2017.  Other Codex members and Observers should send their full contact details via their Codex Contact Points to:  Codexnz@mpi.govt.nz with a copy to: info@codexalimentarius.nl by July 31, 2017. 

Aflatoxins and Sterigmatocystin in Cereals:   CCCF invites Members and Observers to join an eWG, chaired by Brazil and working in English only, to prepare a discussion paper on aflatoxins and sterigmatocystin in cereals (in particular maize, rice, sorghum and wheat).  This will enable the Committee to take an informed decision on possible risk management options for these mycotoxins in cereals.  This work follows-up on the outcome of the JECFA83 evaluation of mycotoxins.  Individuals in the United States interested in participating in the eWG should contact Doreen Chen-Moulec in the U.S. Codex Office (doreen.chen-moulec@fsis.usda.gov) by July 26, 2017.  Other Codex members and Observers should send their full contact details via their Codex Contact Points to: codexbrasil@inmetro.gov.br  with a copy to ligia.schreiner@anvisa.gov.br  and larissa.porto@anvisa.gov.br by July 31, 2017. 

Lead:  CCCF invites Members and Observers to join an eWG, chaired by Brazil and working in English only, to identify work priorities for lead in new food categories for inclusion in the General Standard for Contaminants and Toxins in Food and Feed (CODEX STAN 193-1995).  Individuals in the United States interested in participating in the eWG should contact Doreen Chen-Moulec in the U.S. Codex Office (doreen.chen-moulec@fsis.usda.gov) by July 26, 2017.  Other Codex members and Observers should send their full contact details via their Codex Contact Points to: codexbrasil@inmetro.gov.br  with a copy to ligia.schreiner@anvisa.gov.br  and larissa.porto@anvisa.gov.br by July 31, 2017. 

Committee on Fats and Oils (CCFO)

New Oils:  CCFO invites Members and Observers to join an eWG, chaired by Iran and co-chaired by India, working only in English, for the revision of the Standard for Named Vegetable Oils (CODEX STAN 210-1999):  Inclusion of walnut oil, almond oil, hazelnut oil, pistachio oil, flaxseed oil and avocado oil.  Individuals in the United States interested in participating in the eWG should contact U.S Delegate to CCFO, Paul South (paul.south@fda.hhs.gov), U.S. Alternate Delegate to CCFO, Robert Moreau (robert.moreau@ars.usda.gov), and the U.S. Codex Office Representative, Marie Maratos (marie.maratos@fsis.usda.gov) by July 18 2017.  Other Codex members and Observers should send their full contact details via their Codex Contact Points to Zahra Piravivanak (zpiravi@gmail.com); SodeifAzadmard – Damirchi (sodeifazadmard@yahoo.com); Dr. Kavitha Ramasamy (dr.kavitha.ramasamy@gmail.com) with a copy to the Iranian Codex Office (codex.office@inso.gov.ir) by July 21, 2017.  

Fatty Acid Composition:  CCFO invites Members and Observers to join an eWG, chaired by the United States with the assistance of AOCS, working in English only, to prepare a project document for new work to amend the Codex Standard for Named Vegetable Oils (CODEX STAN 210-1999) to consider the applicability of the fatty acid composition of all oils in Table 1 in relation to their corresponding crude form.   Individuals in the United States  as well as other Codex Member Countries and Observers interested in participating in the eWG should send their full contact details via their Codex Contact Points to U.S Delegate to CCFO, Paul South (paul.south@fda.hhs.gov), U.S. Alternate Delegate to CCFO, Robert Moreau (robert.moreau@ars.usda.gov), and the U.S. Codex Office Representative, Marie Maratos (marie.maratos@fsis.usda.gov) by July 28, 2017.

Sunflowerseed Oil:  CCFO invites Members and Observers to join an eWG, chaired by Argentina and co-chaired by Brazil and the EU, working only in English, to revise the limits of oleic and linoleic acids in sunflowerseed oils and the related definitions listed in Section 2.1 of the Standard for Named Vegetable Oils (CODEX STAN 210-1999).  Individuals in the United States interested in participating in the eWG should contact U.S Delegate to CCFO, Paul South (paul.south@fda.hhs.gov), U.S. Alternate Delegate to CCFO, Robert Moreau (robert.moreau@ars.usda.gov), and the U.S. Codex Office Representative, Marie Maratos (marie.maratos@fsis.usda.gov) by August 10, 2017.  Other Codex members and Observers should send their full contact details via their Codex Contact Points to sunfloweroil@magyp.gob.ar with copy to:  ana.peretti@anvisa.gov.br, Liliane.fernandes@anvisa.gov.br; risto.holma@ec.europa.eu; and Sante-Codex@ec.europa.eu by August 14, 2017.

Olive Oil:  CCFO invites Members and Observers to join an eWG, chaired by Spain and co-chaired by Argentina and Canada, working only in English, to progress work on the revision of the Standard for Olive Oils and Olive Pomace Oils (CODEX STAN 33-1981).  The specific terms of reference of this new work are to pursue the revision of Sections 3, 8, and the Appendix.  Individuals in the United States interested in participating in the eWG should contact U.S Delegate to CCFO, Paul South (paul.south@fda.hhs.gov), U.S. Alternate Delegate to CCFO, Robert Moreau (robert.moreau@ars.usda.gov), and the U.S. Codex Office Representative, Marie Maratos (marie.maratos@fsis.usda.gov) by August 12, 2017.  Other Codex members and Observers should send their full contact details via their Codex Contact Points to: bzn-oliveoilcodexgroup@mapama.es  by August 15, 2017. 

Food Additives:  CCFO invites Members and Observers to join an eWG, chaired by the European Union, working only in English, to review food additive provisions in standards for fats and oils (except the standard for fish oils) in order to align with the GSFA or propose modifications to the current entries of the GSFA if necessary; and to further explore the technological justification for the use of emulsifiers in products covered by FC 02.1.2 and the existing standards for fats and oils (except the standard for fish oils).  Individuals in the United States interested in participating in the eWG should contact the U.S. Codex Office Representative, Marie Maratos (marie.maratos@fsis.usda.gov) by September 12, 2017.  Other Codex members and Observers should send their full contact details via their Codex Contact Points to: sante-codex@ec.europa.eu by September 15, 2017.

Committee on Food Additives (CCFA) 

INS:  CCFA invites Members and Observers to join an eWG on International Numbering System (INS), chaired by Iran and co-chaired by Belgium, working only in English.  The EWG will consider the following:

a) Replies to the Circular Letter on addition and changes to INS;

b) Addition of sequestrant function to malic acid DL- (INS 296) (REP17/FA para. 14(iv)); and

c) The issue of naming of steviol glycosides and INS number (REP17/FA para. 25).

Individuals in the United States interested in participating in the eWG should contact the U.S. Codex Office Representative, Barbara McNiff (barbara.mcniff@fsis.usda.gov) as soon as possible.  Other Codex Member Countries and Observers interested in participating in the eWG should send their full contact details via their Codex Contact Points to Banafsheh Nasiri (bn31518@yahoo.com) and Dr. Christine Vinkx (Christine.vinkx@health.belgium.be) as soon as possible.

GSFA:  CCFA invites Members and Observers to join an eWG on the General Standard for Food Additives (GSFA), chaired by the United States, working only in English.  The EWG will consider the following:

(i) Replies of CCPFV and CCFO (REP 17/FA paras. 14(i) and 16);

ii) Proposed draft provisions for lutein esters from Tagetes erecta (INS 161b(iii)) and octenyl succinic acid (OSA)-modified gum arabic (INS 423) in Table 3 (REP 17/FA para. 30 and Appendices II and VIII, Part A);

(iii) Provisions for food additives with Note 22 in FC 09.2.5 (comments for use in smoked fish paste) (REP 17/FA para. 74);

(iv) Provision for trisodium citrate (INS 331(iii)) in FC 01.1.1 (comments on technological need for a numerical use level or GMP) (REP 17/FA para. 78);

(v) Provisions related to FC 01.1.1 (CRD2 Annex 3 Part B) (comments on technological need for the specific additive, the specific type of food products within the FC where the food additive is used and the ML necessary to reach the function of stabilizer) (REP 17/FA para. 81);

(vi) Draft and proposed draft provisions in the GSFA in FC 09.0 to FC 16.0, with the exception of those additives with technological functions of colour or sweetener, adipates, nitrites and nitrates and the provisions related to FC 14.2.3;  and

(vii) Proposed draft provisions related to FC 1.1.2 with the exception of food additives provisions with the function of colour and sweetener.

Individuals in the United States  as well as other Codex Member Countries and Observers interested in participating in the eWG should send their full contact details via their Codex Contact Points to U.S Delegate to CCFA, Paul Honigfort (ccfa@fda.hhs.gov) with a copy to Barbara McNiff (barbara.mcniff@fsis.usda.gov) of the U.S. Codex Office by July 10, 2017.

Committee on Food Import & Export Inspection & Certification Systems (CCFICS)

Generic Official Certificates:  CCFICS invites Members and Observers to join an eWG, chaired by the Netherlands and co-chaired by Australia, working in English, to revise the Guidelines for Design, Production, Issuance and Use of Generic Official Certificates (CAC/GL 38-2001). The EWG will focus on including guidance on the paperless use of electronic certificates by defining fundamental concepts supporting this and will take into account activities in this field of relevant international organizations.  Individuals in the United States interested in participating in the eWG should contact Ken Lowery in the U.S. Codex Office (kenneth.lowery@fsis.usda.gov) by July 26, 2017.  Other Codex members and Observers should send their full contact details via their Codex Contact Points to:  info@CodexAlimentarius.nl with a copy to codex.contact@agriculture.gov.au by August 1, 2017. 

Committee on Methods of Analysis and Sampling (CCMAS)  

Biological Methods:  CCMAS invites Members and Observers to join an eWG, chaired Chile and co-chaired by México, to work on criteria for endorsement of biological methods used to detect chemicals of concern. Individuals in the United States interested in participating in the eWG should contact Doreen Chen-Moulec in the U.S. Codex Office (doreen.chen-moulec@fsis.usda.gov) by July 26, 2017.  Other Codex members and Observers should send their full contact details via their Codex Contact Points to:  Soraya Sandoval (codex@ispch.cl) and copied to César Galvez (cgalvez@cofepris.gob.mx)  by July 30, 2017. 

Committee on Spices and Culinary Herbs (CCSCH)

Dried Garlic:  CCSCH invites Members and Observers to join an eWG, chaired by India and Mali, working only in English, to elaborate the specific requirements for the dried garlic in the group standard for “Dried Roots, Rhizomes and Bulbs” for circulation for comments at Step 3 and consideration at its next Session.  In undertaking this work, this EWG will closely collaborate with the EWG on “dehydrated or dried ginger” to develop the overall group standard for “Dried Roots, Rhizomes and Bulbs.”   Individuals in the United States interested in participating in the eWG should contact the U.S. Codex Office Representative, Marie Maratos (marie.maratos@fsis.usda.gov) by July 25, 2017.  Other Codex members and Observers should send their full contact details via their Codex Contact Points to:  ccsch.anand@gmail.com; codex-india@nic.in; dkiteoumou24@yahoo.fr; and scodexmali@yahoo.fr by July 31, 2017.

FAO/WHO Regional Coordinating Committee for Africa (CCAFRICA) 

Dried Meat:  CCAFRICA invites Members and Observers to join an eWG, chaired by Botswana, Cote d’Ivoire, and Morocco, working in English and French, to elaborate a proposed draft regional standard for dried meat.   Individuals in the United States interested in participating in the eWG should contact Ken Lowery in the U.S. Codex Office (kenneth.lowery@fsis.usda.gov) by July 26, 2017.  Other Codex members and Observers should send their full contact details via their Codex Contact Points to:  codexalimentariusci@yahoo.fr;  Oleyafleur@yahoo.fr; botswanacodex@gov.bw; prinett@yahoo.com; cnc_ma@onssa.gov.ma; edahaouimohamed@gmail.com; and ardjouma@yahoo.fr  by July 30, 2017. 

Other

84th JECFA:  The Summary and Conclusions of the 84th meeting of the Joint FAO/WHO Expert Committee on Food Additives (JECFA), held in Rome, Italy, from June 6-15, 2017, is now available.  The Committee evaluated the safety of nine food additives and revised the specifications for five other food additives.  The publishing of in-depth documentation regarding the meeting will follow at a later date.  You may find the Summary and Conclusions at the following links: 
FAO:  http://www.fao.org/food/food-safety-quality/scientific-advice/jecfa/summary-reports/en/
WHO:  http://www.who.int/foodsafety/publications/jecfa-summary/en/

Call for Data:   A call for data for the 86th meeting of the Joint FAO/WHO Expert Committee on Food Additives (JECFA), (to be held in Geneva, Switzerland, from  June 12-21, 2018, has been published and is available on the FAO and WHO websites at:
FAO: http://www.fao.org/food/food-safety-quality/scientific-advice/calls-data-experts/en/
WHO:  http://www.who.int/foodsafety/JECFA_86_Call_for_data_22_June_2017.pdf?ua=1

Please note that the deadline for the data submission is December 1, 2017.

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