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Codex Alimentarius Commission: Meeting of the Codex Committee on Fat and Oils

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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), and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are sponsoring a public meeting on February 9, 2011. The objective of the public meeting is to provide information and receive public comments on agenda items and draft United States (U.S.) positions that will be discussed at the 22nd session of the Codex Committee on Fats and Oils (CCFO) of the Codex Alimentarius Commission (Codex), which will be held in Penang, Malaysia, February 21-25, 2011. The Under Secretary for Food Safety and the FDA recognize the importance of providing interested parties the opportunity to obtain background information on the 22nd session of the CCFO and to address items on the agenda.

DATES:

The public meeting is scheduled for February 9, 2011, from 1:30-4 p.m.

ADDRESSES:

The public meeting will be held at FDA, Harvey W. Wiley Building, Auditorium (1A003), 5100 Paint Branch Parkway, College Park, MD 20740. Documents related to the 22nd session of the CCFO will be accessible via the World Wide Web at the following address: http://www.codexalimentarius.net/​current.asp.

Martin Stutsman, U.S. Delegate to the 22nd Session of the CCFO, and the FDA, invite U.S. interested parties to submit their comments electronically to the following e-mail address: Martin.Stutsman@fda.hhs.gov.

Call-In Number:

If you wish to participate in the public meeting for the 22nd session of the CCFO by conference call, please use the following call-in number and participant code listed below:

Call-in Number: 1-866-859-5767

Participant Code: 2225276

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For Further Information About the 22nd Session of the CCFO Contact:

Martin Stutsman, J.D., Office of Food Safety (HFS-317) Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, FDA, 5100 Paint Branch Parkway, College Park, Maryland 20740, phone: (301) 436-1642, fax: (301) 436-2651, e-mail: Martin.Stutsman@fda.hhs.gov.

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For Further Information About the Public Meeting Contact:

Marie Maratos, U.S. Codex Office, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., Room 4861, Washington, DC 20250, phone: (202) 690-4795, mobile: (202) 412-7901, fax: (202) 720-3157, e-mail: Marie.Maratos@fsis.usda.gov.

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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 adoption and implementation by governments, Codex seeks to protect the health of consumers and ensure that fair practices are used in trade.

The CCFO is responsible for elaborating worldwide standards for fats and oils of animal, vegetable, and marine origin, including margarine and olive oil.

The Committee is hosted by Malaysia.

Issues To Be Discussed at the Public Meeting

The following items on the agenda for the 22nd Session of the CCFO will be discussed during the public meeting:

  • Matters referred by Codex and other Committees
  • Draft Amendment to the Standard for Named Vegetable Oils: Inclusion of Palm Kernel Olein and Palm Kernel Stearin
  • Code of Practice for the Storage and Transport of Edible Fats and Oils in Bulk

(a) Draft Criteria to Assess the Acceptability of Substances for Inclusion in a list of Acceptable Previous Cargoes

(b) Draft List of Acceptable Previous Cargoes

(c) Proposed Draft List of Acceptable Previous Cargoes

  • Proposed Draft Amendment to the Standard for Olive Oils and Olive Pomace Oils: Linolenic Acid Level
  • Proposal to Amend the Standard for Olive Oils and Olive Pomace Oils: Content of Delta—7- stigmastenol
  • Proposal for New Work on a Standard for Fish Oils
  • Proposal to Amend the Standard for Named Vegetable Oils: Sunflower Seed Oils

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 copies of these documents (see ADDRESSES).

Public Meeting

At the February 9, 2011, 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 22nd Session of the CCFO—Martin Stutsman (see ADDRESSES). Written comments should state that they relate to activities of the 22nd Session of the CCFO.

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Additional Public Notification

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Done at Washington, DC on January 24, 2011.

Karen Stuck,

U.S. Manager for Codex Alimentarius.

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[FR Doc. 2011-1916 Filed 1-27-11; 8:45 am]

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