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Codex Seeks Comments On Sanitary and Phytosanitary International Standard-Setting Activities
Congressional and Public Affairs
(202) 720-9113
Bridgette Keefe

WASHINGTON, June 1 2009 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service today announced the publication of a notice of sanitary and phytosanitary standard-setting activities of the Codex Alimentarius Commission (Codex).

The notice also provides a list of other standard-setting activities of Codex, including commodity standards, guidelines, codes of practice and revised texts. The notice, which covers the time periods June 1, 2008, to May 31, 2009, and June 1, 2009, to May 31, 2010, seeks comments on standards currently under consideration and recommendations for new standards.

Codex develops food standards, guidelines and codes of practice in order to protect the health of consumers, ensure fair food trade practices and promote coordination of food standards undertaken by international governmental and non-governmental organizations.

Comments may be submitted by the following methods:
  • Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov
  • U.S. Mail: Docket Clerk, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Room 2534, South Agriculture Building, Washington, DC 20250-3700.
  • Docket Room: For access to comments received, go to the FSIS Docket Room at the address listed above between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

For further information contact: Karen Stuck, United States Manager for Codex, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of the Under Secretary for Food Safety, Room 4861, South Agriculture Building, 1400 Independence Ave., SW, Washington, DC 20250-3700, or by phone at: (202) 205-7760.

Documents pertaining to Codex are accessible via the Codex Alimentarius Web site at www.codexalimentarius.net/current.asp.

Codex was created in 1963 by two United Nations organizations, the Food and Agriculture Organization and the World Health Organization.
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