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Public Meeting to Address Agenda Items for the 25th Session of the Codex Committee on General Principles
Congressional and Public Affairs
(202) 720-9113
Peggy Riek

WASHINGTON, March 16, 2009 – The Office of the Under Secretary for Food Safety of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced a public meeting to provide information and receive comments on agenda items and draft U.S. positions that will be discussed at the 25th Session of the Codex Committee on General Principles (CCGP), to be held in Paris, France, March 30 – April 3, 2009.

The public meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, March 17, 2009, from 1 to 4 p.m., in the rear of the cafeteria, South Agriculture Building, USDA, 1400 Independence Ave., SW, Washington, D.C.

Documents and agenda items related to the 25th Session of the CCGP will be available on 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. Codex develops food standards, guidelines and codes of practice in order to protect the health of consumers, and ensure fair food trade practices and promote coordination of food standards undertaken by international governmental and non-governmental organizations.

The CCGP deals with rules and procedures referred to it by the Codex Alimentarius Commission, including the establishment of principles which define the purpose and scope of the Codex Alimentarius Commission and the nature of Codex standards. The development of mechanisms to address any economic impact statements is also the responsibility of the CCGP.

Interested parties are invited to submit their comments electronically to the following e-mail address at Barbara.McNiff@fsis.usda.gov.

For further details concerning the 25th Session of the CCGP, contact Barbara McNiff, Acting U.S. Manager for Codex, at (202) 690-4719, or by e-mail at Barbara.McNiff@fsis.usda.gov. For further information about the public meeting or to request a sign language interpreter or any other special accommodations, please contact Jasmine Matthews, Program Analyst, U.S. Codex Office, at (202) 205-7760, or by e-mail at Jasmine.Matthews@fsis.usda.gov.

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