[Federal Register Volume 83, Number 35 (Wednesday, February 21, 2018)]
[Notices]
[Pages 7450-7451]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2018-03465]


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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Food Safety and Inspection Service

[Docket No. FSIS-2018-0002]


Codex Alimentarius Commission: Codex Committee on Pesticide
Residues (CCPR)

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), Food Safety and Inspection Service
(FSIS), and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are
sponsoring a public meeting on March 15, 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 50th Session of the Codex Committee on Pesticide Residues (CCPR)
of the Codex Alimentarius Commission (Codex), taking place in Haikou,
China between April 9 and 14, 2018. The Acting Deputy Under Secretary
for Food Safety and the EPA recognize the importance of providing
interested parties the opportunity to obtain background information on
the 50th Session of the CCPR and to address items on the agenda.

DATES: The public meeting is scheduled for Thursday, March 15, 2018,
1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.

ADDRESSES: The public meeting will take place at the EPA, Room PYS-
4350, One Potomac Yard South, 2777 South Crystal Drive, Arlington, VA
22202.
    Documents related to the 50th Session of the CCPR are accessible
via the internet at the following address: http://www.fao.org/fao-who-codexalimentarius/meetings/en/.
    Captain David Miller, U.S. Delegate to the 50th Session of the
CCPR, and the USDA invite interested U.S. parties to submit their
comments electronically to

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the following email address: [email protected].

Call-In-Number

    If you wish to participate in the public meeting for the 50th
Session of the CCPR by conference call, please use the call-in-number
and participant code listed below:

Call-in-Number: 1-888-844-9904
Participant Code: 5126092

    For Further Information About the 50th Session of the CCPR Contact:
Captain David Miller, Chief, Chemistry & Exposure Branch and Acting
Chief, Toxicology & Epidemiology Branch, Health Effects Division, Ariel
Rios Building, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20460.
Telephone: (703) 305-5352, Fax: (703) 305-5147, Email:
[email protected].
    For Further Information About the Public Meeting Contact: Marie
Maratos, U.S. Codex Office, 1400 Independence Avenue SW, South
Agriculture Building, Room 4861, Washington, DC 20250. Telephone: (202)
205-7760, 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 are used in trade.
    The CCPR is responsible for establishing maximum limits for
pesticide residues in specific food items or in groups of food;
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; preparing priority lists of
pesticides for evaluation by the Joint FAO/WHO Meeting on Pesticide
Residues (JMPR); considering methods of sampling and analysis for the
determination of pesticide residues in food and feed; considering other
matters in relation to the safety of food and feed containing pesticide
residues; and 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. The U.S. attends this committee as a
member country of the Codex Alimentarius.

Issues To Be Discussed at the Public Meeting

    The following items on the Agenda for the 50th Session of the CCPR
will be discussed during the public meeting:
     Proposed draft and draft revision of the Classification of
Food and Feed for selected commodity groups (including seeds for
beverages and sweets);
     Proposed draft tables on examples of representative
commodities (including seeds for beverages and sweets);
     Electronic Working Group Outcomes on the Proposed New Work
on the Possible Revision of the International Estimated Short-Term
Intake (IESTI) equations;
     Establishment of Codex Schedules and Priority Lists of
Pesticides for evaluation by JMPR;
     Electronic Working Group Outcomes on the possible
establishment of a Codex database of national registration of
pesticides; and
     Other Business and Future Work.
    Each issue listed will be fully described in documents distributed,
or to be distributed, by the Secretariat before to the Meeting. Members
of the public may access or request copies of these documents (see
ADDRESSES).

Public Meeting

    At the March 15, 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 Captain David Miller, U.S.
Delegate for the 50th Session of the CCPR (see ADDRESSES). Written
comments should state that they relate to activities of the 50th
Session of the CCPR.

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 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 14, 2018.
Marie Maratos,
Acting U.S. Manager for Codex Alimentarius.
[FR Doc. 2018-03465 Filed 2-20-18; 8:45 am]
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