[Federal Register Volume 79, Number 18 (Tuesday, January 28, 2014)]
[Pages 4440-4441]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office 
[FR Doc No: 2014-01475]

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Food Safety and Inspection Service

[Docket No. FSIS-2013-0045]

Codex Alimentarius Commission: Meeting of the Codex Committee on 
Fish and Fish Products

AGENCY: Office of the Under Secretary for Food Safety, USDA.

ACTION: Notice of public meeting and request for comments.


SUMMARY: The Office of the Under Secretary for Food Safety, U.S. 
Department of Agriculture (USDA), National Oceanic and Atmospheric 
Administration (NOAA), and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), are 
sponsoring a public meeting scheduled to take place on February 6, 
2014. The objective of the public meeting is to present information and 
receive public comments on agenda items and draft United States 
positions to be discussed at the 33rd Session of the Codex Committee on 
Fish and Fishery Products (CCFFP) of the Codex Alimentarius Commission 
(Codex), which will take place in Bergen, Norway, from February 17-21, 
2014. The Acting Under Secretary for Food Safety, NOAA, and FDA 
recognize the importance of providing interested parties the 
opportunity to obtain background information on the 33rd Session of 
CCFFP and to address items on the agenda.

DATES: The public meeting is scheduled for February 6, 2014, from 1:00 
p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

ADDRESSES: The public meeting will take place at FDA, Center for Food 
Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN), Wiley Building, Room 1A-001, 5100 
Paint Branch Parkway, College Park, MD 20740.
    Documents related to the 33rd session of CCFFP will be accessible 
via the World Wide Web at the following address: http://www.codexalimentarius.org/meetings-reports/en/.
    Timothy Hansen and Dr. William Jones, U.S. Delegates to the 33rd 
session of CCFFP, invite U.S. interested parties to submit their 
comments electronically to the following email addresses: 
Timothy.Hansen@noaa.gov and William.Jones@fda.hhs.gov.
    Call in Number:
    If you wish to participate in the public meeting for the 33rd 
session of CCFFP by conference call, please use the call-in number and 
participant code listed below:

Call-in Number: 1-888-844-9904
Participant Code: 512-6092

    For Further Information about the 33rd Session of CCFFP Contact: 
Timothy Hansen, Director, Seafood Inspection Program, National Marine 
Fisheries Services, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, 
1315 East West Highway SSMC 3, Silver Spring, MD 20910; 
Telephone: (301) 713-2355, Fax: (301) 713-1081, Email: 
    Dr. William Jones, Director, Division of Seafood Safety, Office of 
Food Safety, (HFS-325), U.S. Food and Drug Administration, 5100 Paint 
Branch Parkway, College Park, MD, 20740; Phone: (240) 402-2300, Fax: 
(301) 436-2601, Email: William.Jones@fda.hhs.gov.
    For Further Information About the Public Meeting Contact: Paulo 
Almeida, U.S. Codex Office, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Room 4861, 
South Building, Washington, DC 20250; Telephone: (202) 205-7760, Fax: 
(202) 720-3157, Email: Paulo.Almeida@fsis.usda.gov.



    Codex was established in 1963 by two United Nations organizations, 
the Food and Agriculture Organization and the World Health 
Organization. Through adoption of food standards, codes of practice, 
and other guidelines developed by its committees, and by promoting 
their adoption and implementation by governments, Codex seeks to 
protect the health of consumers and ensure that fair practices are used 
in the food trade.
    The CCFFP is responsible for elaborating worldwide standards for 
fresh, frozen (including quick frozen) or otherwise processed fish, 
crustaceans and mollusc. The Committee is hosted by Norway.

Issues To Be Discussed at the Public Meeting

    The following items on the Agenda for the 33rd session of CCFFP 
will be discussed during the public meeting:
     Matters referred to the Committee by the Codex 
Alimentarius Commission and other Codex Committees
     Matters arising from the work of the Food and Agricultural 
Organization (FAO) and the World Health Organization (WHO)
     Matters arising from the work of the World Organization 
for Animal Health (OIE)
     Draft Performance Criteria for Reference and Confirmatory 
Methods for Marine Biotoxins (Section I-8.6 Determination of Biotoxins) 
in the Standard for Live and Raw Bivalve Molluscs
     Standard for Smoked Fish, Smoke-Flavoured Fish, and Smoke-
Dried Fish (Section 4 Food Additives)
     Draft Standard for Raw, Fresh, and Quick Frozen Scallop 
     Proposed Draft Code of Practice on the Processing of 
Scallop Meat
     Proposed Draft Code of Practice for Fish and Fishery 
Products (section on Sturgeon caviar)
     Proposed Draft Code of Practice for Processing of Fish 
     Proposed Food Additive Provisions in Standards for Fish 
and Fishery Products (food additive provisions in adopted standards)
     Discussion Paper on Histamine
     Discussion Paper on Nitrogen Factors
     Code of Practice for Fish and Fishery Products (optional 
final product requirements for commodities)
    Each issue listed will be fully described in documents distributed, 
or to be distributed, by the Codex Secretariat before the Committee 
Meeting. Members of the public may access or request copies of these 
documents (see ADDRESSES).

Public Meeting

    At the February 6, 2014, public meeting, draft U.S. positions on 
the agenda items will be described and discussed, and attendees will 
have the opportunity to pose questions and offer comments. Written 
comments may be offered at the meeting or sent to the U.S.

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Delegates for the 33rd session of CCFFP, Timothy Hansen & Dr. William 
Jones (see ADDRESSES). Written comments should state that they relate 
to activities of the 33rd session of CCFFP.

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    Done at Washington, DC on: January 9, 2014.
Mary Frances Lowe,
U.S. Manager for Codex Alimentarius.
[FR Doc. 2014-01475 Filed 1-27-14; 8:45 am]