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Public Meeting to Address Agenda Items for the 41st Session of the Codex Committee on Food Additives
Congressional and Public Affairs
(202) 720-9113
Peggy Riek

WASHINGTON, Jan. 27, 2009 - The Office of the Under Secretary for Food Safety, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today announced a public meeting to discuss information and receive public comments on agenda items and draft U.S. positions that will be discussed at the 41st Session of the Codex Committee on Food Additives (CCFA) of the Codex Alimentarius Commission, to be held in Shanghai, China, March 16 - 20, 2009.

The public meeting will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2009, from 1 to 4 p.m., in the Harvey W. Wiley Federal Building Auditorium (Room 1A003), FDA, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN), 5100 Paint Branch Highway, College Park, Md. Attendees are encouraged to register electronically at ccfa@fda.hhs.gov by Feb. 6. Pre-registration is not required but is encouraged to expedite entry in the building and its parking area. Attendees must present photo identification at the door to gain admittance to the building. If you require parking, please include your vehicle make and tag number at the time of registration.

Agenda items and documents related to the 41st Session of the CCFA may be accessed prior to the public meeting at www.codexalimentarius.net/current.asp.

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

CCFA was established to set or endorse maximum levels for individual food additives; prepare priority lists of food additives for risk assessment by the Joint FAO and WHO Expert Committee on Food Additives (JECFA); assign functional classes to individual food additives; recommend specifications of identity and purity for food additives for adoption by the Commission; consider methods of analysis for the determination of additives in food; and consider and elaborate standards or codes for related subjects such as labeling of food additives when sold as such. The Committee is hosted by the People's Republic of China.

For further details regarding the 41st Session of the CCFA, contact Dr. Dennis Keefe, Office of Food Additive Safety, FDA, CFSAN, by phone at (301) 436-1284, or by e-mail at Dennis.Keefe@fda.hhs.gov.

For further information about the public meeting or to request a sign language interpreter or any other special accommodation, contact Doreen Chen-Moulec, International Issues Analyst, Food Safety and Inspection Service, U.S. Codex Office, at (202) 205-7760, or by e-mail at Doreen.Chen-moulec@fsis.usda.gov.
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