[Federal Register Volume 79, Number 58 (Wednesday, March 26, 2014)]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office
[FR Doc No: 2014-06651]
DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
Food Safety and Inspection Service
[Docket No. FSIS-2014-0007]
Codex Alimentarius Commission: Meeting of the Codex Committee on
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), Food Safety and Inspection Service
(FSIS), and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are
sponsoring a public meeting to take place on April 10, 2014. The
objective of the public meeting is to provide information and receive
public comments on agenda items and draft United States positions that
will be discussed at the 46th Session of the Codex Committee on
Pesticide Residues (CCPR) of the Codex Alimentarius Commission (Codex),
which will take place in China from
May 5-10, 2014. The Under Secretary for Food Safety and the EPA
recognize the importance of providing interested parties the
opportunity to obtain background information on the 46th session of
CCPR and to address items on the agenda.
DATES: The public meeting is scheduled for Thursday, April 10, 2014
from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
ADDRESSES: The public meeting will take place at the Environmental
Protection Agency, One Potomac Yard South, Room S-7100, 2777 South
Crystal Drive, Arlington, VA 22202.
Documents related to the 46th Session of CCPR will be accessible
via the World Wide Web at the following address: http://www.codexalimentarius.org/meetings-reports/en/.
Lois Rossi, U.S. Delegate to the 46th Session of the CCPR, and the
EPA and USDA, invite U.S. interested parties to submit their comments
electronically to the following email address: Rossi.Lois@epa.gov.
If you wish to participate in the public meeting for the 46th
session of the CCPR by conference call, please use the call-in number
and participant code listed below.
U.S. Call-in Number: 1-866-299-3188.
International Call-in Number: 1-706-758-1822.
Participant Code: 7033056463.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For further information about the 46th
Session of the CCPR contact: Lois Rossi, Director of the Registration
Division, Office of Pesticide Programs, U.S. Environmental Protection
Agency, Ariel Rios Building, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington,
DC 20460; Telephone: (703) 305-5447, Fax: (703) 305-6920, Email:
For further information about the public meeting contact: Marie
Maratos, U.S. Codex Office, South Building, Room 4861, 1400
Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20250; Telephone: (202) 205-
7760, Fax: (202) 720-3157, Email: Marie.Maratos@fsis.usda.gov.
Codex was established in 1963 by two United Nations organizations,
the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Health
Organization (WHO). 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 trade.
The Codex Committee on Pesticide Residues is responsible for:
(a) Establishing maximum limits for pesticide residues in specific
food items or in groups of food;
(b) Establishing maximum limits for pesticide residues in certain
animal feeding stuffs moving in international trade where this is
justified for reasons of protection of human health;
(c) Preparing priority lists of pesticides for evaluation by the
Joint FAO/WHO Meeting on Pesticide Residues (JMPR);
(d) Considering methods of sampling and analysis for the
determination of pesticide residues in food and feed;
(e) Considering other matters in relation to the safety of food and
feed containing pesticide residues; and
(f) Establishing maximum limits for environmental and industrial
contaminants showing chemical or other similarity to pesticides, in
specific food items or groups of food.
The CCPR is hosted by China.
Issues To Be Discussed at the Public Meeting
The following items on the Agenda for the 46th Session of CCPR will
be discussed during the public meeting:
Matters Referred to the Committee by the Codex
Alimentarius Commission and Other Subsidiary Bodies
Matters of interest arising from FAO and WHO
Matters of interest arising from other international
Draft revision to the Codex Classification of Food and
Feed at Step 6-selected vegetables commodity groups (roots and tubers)
Draft discussion paper on Guidance to Facilitate the
Establishment of Maximum Residue Limits for Pesticides for Minor Uses
and Specialty Crops
The continued revision of the Risk Analysis Principles
applied by the Codex Committee on Pesticide Residues
Codex Priority List for the Establishment of MRLs for
Guidance on Performance Criteria for Suitability
Assessment of Methods of Analysis for Pesticide Residues
Other business and future work
Each issue listed will be fully described in documents distributed,
or to be distributed, by the Codex Secretariat prior to the Committee
meeting. Members of the public may access or request copies of these
documents (see ADDRESSES).
At the April 10, 2014, public meeting, draft U.S. positions on the
agenda items will be described, 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. Delegate for the 46th
session of the CCPR, Lois Rossi (see ADDRESSES). Written comments
should state that they relate to activities of the 46th Session of the
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in all its programs and activities on the basis of race, color,
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SW., Washington, DC 20250-9410 or call (202) 720-5964 (voice and TTY).
USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.
Additional Public Notification
FSIS will announce this notice online through the FSIS Web page
located at http://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsis/topics/regulations/federal-register.
FSIS will also make copies of this Federal Register publication
available through the FSIS Constituent Update, which is used to provide
information regarding FSIS policies, procedures, regulations, Federal
Register notices, FSIS public meetings, and other types of information
that could affect or would be of interest to constituents and
stakeholders. The Update is communicated via Listserv, a free
electronic mail subscription service for industry, trade groups,
consumer interest groups, health professionals, and other individuals
who have asked to be included. The Update is also available on the FSIS
Web page. In addition, FSIS offers an electronic mail subscription
service which provides automatic and customized access to selected food
safety news and information. This service is available at http://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsis/programs-and-services/email-subscription-service. Options range from recalls to export information
to regulations, directives and notices. Customers can add or delete
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option to password protect their accounts.
Done at Washington, DC on: March 18, 2014.
Mary Frances Lowe,
U.S. Manager for Codex Alimentarius.
[FR Doc. 2014-06651 Filed 3-21-14; 4:15 pm]
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