[Federal Register Volume 80, Number 169 (Tuesday, September 1, 2015)]
[Notices]
[Pages 52733-52734]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office 
[FR Doc No: 2015-21636]


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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Food Safety and Inspection Service

[Docket No. FSIS-2015-0031]


Codex Alimentarius Commission: Meeting of the Codex Committee on 
Nutrition and Foods for Special Dietary Uses

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

ACTION: Notice of public meeting and request for comments.

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SUMMARY: The Office of the Under Secretary for Food Safety, U.S. 
Department of Agriculture (USDA), and the Food and Drug Administration 
(FDA), Office of Nutrition, Labeling, and Dietary Supplements are 
sponsoring a public meeting on October 27, 2015. The purpose 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 37th Session of the Codex Committee on Nutrition and Foods for 
Special Dietary Uses (CCNFSDU) of the Codex Alimentarius Commission 
(CODEX). The Session will be held in Bad Soden am Taunus, Germany 
November 23-27, 2015. The Under Secretary for Food Safety and the FDA 
recognize the importance of providing interested parties the 
opportunity to obtain background information on the 37th Session of the 
CCNFSDU and to address items on the agenda.

DATES: The public meeting is scheduled for October 27, 2015 from 1:00-
4:00 p.m.

ADDRESSES: The public meeting will take place at the Harvey Wiley 
Building, United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Center for 
Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN), 5100 Paint Branch Parkway, 
Room 1A002, College Park, MD 20740.
    Documents related to the 37th Session of the CCNFSDU will be 
accessible via the Internet at the following address: http://www.codexalimentarius.org/meetings-reports/en/.
    Leila Beker, U.S. Delegate to the 37th Session of the CCNFSDU, 
invites U.S. interested parties to submit their comments electronically 
to the following email address: CCNFSDU@fda.hhs.gov.

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Call-In Number

    If you wish to participate in the public meeting for the 37th 
Session of the CCNFSDU by conference call, please use call-in number 
and participant code listed below:
    Call-in Number: 1-866-650-8671
    Participant Code: 7571329

Pre-Registration

    To pre-register for this meeting, please email the information 
listed below to the following email address: CCNFSDU@fda.hhs.gov.
    [ssquf] Your name
    [ssquf] Organization
    [ssquf] Mailing address
    [ssquf] Phone number
    [ssquf] Email address

For Further Information About the 37th Session of the CCNFSDU

    Contact: Dr. Leila Beker, Biologist, Office of Food Safety Center 
for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, U.S. Food and Drug 
Administration, 5100 Paint Branch Parkway (HFS-850), College Park, MD 
20740, Phone: +1 (240) 402-1851, Fax: +1 (301) 436-2636, Email: 
leila.beker@cfsan.fda.gov.
    For Further Information about the Public Meeting Contact: Doreen 
Chen-Moulec, U.S. Codex Office, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Room 
4861, Washington, DC 20250 Phone: (202) 205-7760, Fax: (202) 720-3157, 
Email: Doreen.Chen-Moulec@fsis.usda.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background

    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 implementation by governments, Codex seeks to protect the health 
of consumers and ensure that fair practices are used in trade.
    The CCNFSDU is responsible for:
    (a) Studying specific nutritional problems assigned to it by the 
Commission and advising the Commission on general nutrition issues;
    (b) Drafting general provisions, as appropriate, concerning the 
nutritional aspects of all foods
    (c) Developing standards, guidelines, or related texts for foods 
for special dietary uses, in cooperation with other committees where 
necessary
    (d) Considering, amending if necessary, and endorsing provisions on 
nutritional aspects proposed for inclusion Codex standards, guidelines 
and related texts

Issues To Be Discussed at the Public Meeting

    The following items on the Agenda for the 37th Session of the 
CCNFSDU will be discussed during the public meeting:
     Proposed Draft Additional or Revised Nutrient Reference 
Values for Labeling Purposes in the Guidelines on Nutrition Labeling 
(Vitamin A, D, E, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Chromium, Copper, Chloride and 
Iron)
     Review of the Standard for Follow-up Formula (Codex Stan 
156-1987)
     Proposed Draft Definition on Biofortification
     Proposed Draft NRV-NCD for EPA and DHA long chain omega-3 
fatty acids
     Discussion Paper on Claim for ``Free'' of Trans Fatty 
Acids
     Discussion paper on a standard for ready-to-use foods 
(RUF)
    Each issue listed will be fully described in documents distributed, 
or to be distributed, by the Secretariat prior to the Meeting. Members 
of the public may access or request copies of these documents (see 
ADDRESSES).

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: program.intake@usda.gov.
    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: August 27, 2015.
Mary Frances Lowe,
U.S. Codex Manager.
[FR Doc. 2015-21636 Filed 8-31-15; 8:45 am]
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