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Public Meeting to Address Agenda Items for the 18th Session of the Codex Committee on Residues of Veterinary Drugs in Foods
Congressional and Public Affairs
(202) 720-9113
Roger Sockman

WASHINGTON, April 10, 2009 - The Office of the Under Secretary for Food Safety, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Food and Drug Administration, (FDA) Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) today announced a public meeting to provide information and receive public comments on agenda items and draft U.S. positions that will be discussed at the 18th Session of the Codex Committee on Residues of Veterinary Drugs in Foods (CCRVDF), to be held in Natal, Brazil, May 11-15, 2009.

The public meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, April 29, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Room 107-A, Jamie Whitten Federal Building, 1400 Independence Ave., SW, Washington, D.C. Attendees must pre-register and present photo identification at the door. To pre-register, please send your name, organization, mailing address, phone number, and e-mail address to Jasmine Matthews by e-mail to uscodex@fsis.usda.gov, by phone at (202) 690-1124 or by fax at (202) 720-3157.

Documents and agenda items related to the 18th Session of CCRVDF 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 CCRVDF is responsible for determining priorities for the consideration of residues of veterinary drugs in foods, to recommend maximum levels of such substances, to develop codes of practice as may be required, and to consider methods of sampling and analysis for the determination of veterinary drug residues in foods. The Committee is hosted by the United States.

Written comments may be submitted by interested parties by e-mail to the U.S. Delegate to the CCRVDF, Dr. Steven Vaughn, FDA, at Brandi.Robinson@fda.hhs.gov. For further information concerning the 18th Session of the CCRVDF, contact Dr. Steven Vaughn, D.V.M., by e-mail at Steven.Vaughn@fda.hhs.gov, by phone at (240) 276-8300, or by fax at (240) 276-8242.

For further information about the public meeting or to request a sign language interpreter or any other special accommodation, contact Jasmine Matthews, U.S. Codex Office, Food Safety and Inspection Service, USDA, by e-mail uscodex@fsis.usda.gov, or by phone at (202) 690-1124 or fax at (202) 720-3157.
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