[Federal Register Volume 83, Number 33 (Friday, February 16, 2018)]
[Notices]
[Pages 7009-7010]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [http://www.gpo.gov/]
[FR Doc No: 2018-03257]



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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Food Safety and Inspection Service

[Docket No. FSIS-2017-0053]


Codex Alimentarius Commission: Meeting of the Codex Committee on
Residues of Veterinary Drugs in Food

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

ACTION: Notice of public meeting and request for comments.

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SUMMARY: The Office of the Deputy Under Secretary for Food Safety, U.S.
Department of Agriculture (USDA), and the Food and Drug Administration
(FDA), are sponsoring a public meeting on April 4, 2018. The objective
of the public meeting is to provide information and receive public
comments on agenda items and draft United States (U.S.) positions to be
discussed at the 24th Session of the Codex Alimentarius Commission's
(Codex's) Committee on Residues of Veterinary Drugs in Foods (CCRVDF),
taking place in Chicago, Illinois, April 23-27, 2018. The Deputy Under
Secretary for Food Safety and the FDA recognize the importance of
providing interested parties the opportunity to obtain background
information on the 24th Session of the CCRVDF and to address items on
the agenda.

DATES: The public meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, April 4, 2018,
from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

ADDRESSES: The public meeting will take place at the USDA, Jamie L.
Whitten Building, 1400 Independence Avenue SW, Room 107-A, Washington,
DC 20250.
    Documents related to the 24th Session of the CCRVDF will be
accessible via the internet at the following address: http://www.codexalimentarius.org/meetings-reports/en/.
    Brandi Robinson, U.S. Delegate to the 24th Session of the CCRVDF,
invites U.S. interested parties to submit their comments electronically
to the following email address: [email protected].

Call-in-Number

    If you wish to participate in the public meeting for the 24th
Session of the CCRVDF by conference call, please use the following
call-in-number:
    Call-in-Number: 1-888-844-9904.
    The participant code will be posted on the following web page:
http://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsis/topics/international-affairs/us-codex-alimentarius/public-meetings.

Registration

    Attendees may register to attend the public meeting by emailing
[email protected] by April 2, 2018. Early registration is
encouraged as it will expedite entry into the building. The meeting
will be held in a Federal building. Attendees should bring photo
identification and plan for adequate time to pass through the security
screening systems. Persons who are not able to attend the meeting in
person, but wish to participate, may do so by phone.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION ABOUT THE 24TH SESSION OF THE CCRVDF CONTACT:
Brandi Robinson, International Program Manager, Office of New Animal
Drug Evaluation, Center for Veterinary Medicine, FDA, 7500 Standish
Place, HFV-100, Rockville, MD 20855, Telephone: (240) 402-0645, Email:
[email protected].

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION ABOUT THE PUBLIC MEETING CONTACT: Kenneth
Lowery, U.S. Codex Office, 1400 Independence Avenue SW, South
Agriculture Building, Room 4861, Washington, DC 20250. Telephone: (202)
690-4042, Fax: (202) 720-3157, Email: [email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background

    Codex was established in 1963 by two United Nations organizations,
the Food and Agriculture Organization and the World Health Organization
(FAO/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 fair practices in the food trade.
    The CCRVDF is responsible for determining priorities for the
consideration of residues of veterinary drugs in foods, recommending
maximum levels of such substances, developing codes of practice as may
be required, and considering methods of sampling and analysis for the
determination of veterinary drug residues in foods.
    The Committee is hosted by the United States.

Issues To Be Discussed at the Public Meeting

    The following items on the Agenda for the 24th Session of the
CCRVDF will be discussed during the public meeting:
     Matters referred by the Codex Alimentarius Commission and
other subsidiary bodies;
     Matters of interest arising from the FAO/WHO and from the
85th Meeting of the Joint FAO/WHO Expert Committee on Food Additives
(JECFA);
     Report of the World Organisation for Animal Health
activities, including harmonization of technical requirements for
registration of veterinary medicinal products (VICH);
     Draft Risk Management Recommendation for gentian violet;
     Proposed draft maximum residue limits (MRLs) for
zilpaterol hydrochloride (cattle fat, kidney, liver, muscle)(81st
JECFA) at Step 4;
     Proposed draft MRLs for amoxicillin (finfish fillet,
muscle); ampicillin (finfish fillet, muscle); flumethrin (honey),
lufenuron (salmon and trout fillet), monepantel (cattle fat, kidney,
liver, muscle) (85th JECFA) at Step 3;
     Discussion paper on MRLs for groups of fish species;
     Discussion paper on edible offal tissues (possible
definition and edible offal tissues of interest in international
trade);
     Discussion paper on the revision of the criteria for the
use of multi-residue analytical methods for the determination and
identification of veterinary drugs in foods in Codex;
     Discussion paper on the evaluation of the rationale for
the decline in new compounds to be included in the CCRVDF Priority List
for evaluation by JECFA;
     Database on countries' need for MRLs;
     Draft priority list of veterinary drugs requiring
evaluation or re-evaluation by JECFA; and
     Other business and future work.
    Each issue listed will be fully described in documents distributed,
or to be distributed, by the Secretariat before the Meeting. Members of
the public may access or request copies of these documents (see
ADDRESSES).

Public Meeting

    At the April 4, 2018, 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. Delegate for the 24th
Session of the CCRVDF, Brandi Robinson (see ADDRESSES). Written
comments should state that they relate to the activities of the 24th
Session of the CCRVDF.

Additional Public Notification

    Public awareness of all segments of rulemaking and policy
development is important. Consequently, FSIS will announce this Federal
Register publication on-line through the FSIS

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web page located at: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/federal-register.
    FSIS also will make copies of this 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 our constituents and
stakeholders. The Update is available on the FSIS web page. Through the
web page, FSIS is able to provide information to a much broader, more
diverse audience. In addition, FSIS offers an email 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/subscribe . Options range from recalls to export
information, regulations, directives, and notices. Customers can add or
delete subscriptions themselves, and have the option to password
protect their accounts.

USDA Non-Discrimination Statement

    No agency, officer, or employee of the USDA shall, on the grounds
of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual
orientation, disability, age, marital status, family/parental status,
income derived from a public assistance program, or political beliefs,
exclude from participation in, deny the benefits of, or subject to
discrimination any person in the United States under any program or
activity conducted by the USDA.

How To File a Complaint of Discrimination

    To file a complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program
Discrimination Complaint Form, which may be accessed online at http://www.ocio.usda.gov/sites/default/files/docs/2012/Complain_combined_6_8_12.pdf, or write a letter signed by you or your
authorized representative.
    Send your completed complaint form or letter to USDA by mail, fax,
or email: Mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of
Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20250-9410,
Fax: (202) 690-7442, Email: [email protected].
    Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for
communication (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.), should contact
USDA's TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TDD).

    Done at Washington, DC, on February 13, 2018.
Mary Frances Lowe,
U.S. Manager for Codex Alimentarius.
[FR Doc. 2018-03257 Filed 2-15-18; 8:45 am]
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