Notice of public meeting and request for comments.
The Office of the Under Secretary for Food Safety, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), is sponsoring a public meeting on June 5, 2012. 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 35th Session of the Codex Alimentarius Commission (CAC), which will be held in Rome, Italy, July 2-7, 2012. The Under Secretary for Food Safety recognizes the importance of providing interested parties the opportunity to obtain background information on the 35th Session of the CAC and to address items on the agenda.
The public meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, June 5, 2012, from 1:00-4:00 p.m.
The public meeting will be held at The Jamie L. Whitten Building, USDA, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Room 107-A, Washington, DC 20250. Documents related to the 35th Session of the CAC will be accessible via the World Wide Web at the following address: http://www.codexalimentarius.org/meetings-reports/en/.
The U.S. Delegate to the 35th Session of the CAC invites U.S. interested parties to submit their comments electronically to the following email address: Barbara.McNiff@fsis.usda.gov.
If you wish to participate in the public meeting for the 35th Session of the CAC, by conference call, please use the call-in number and participant code listed below:
Call in Number: 1-888-858-2144.
Participant Code: 6208658.
For Further Information About the 35th Session of the CAC
Contact: Barbara McNiff, U.S. Codex Office, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Room 4861, Washington, DC, 20250, Telephone: (202) 690-4719, Fax: (202) 720-3157, Email: Barbara.Mcniff@fsis.usda.gov.
For Further Information About the Public Meeting Contact:
Jasmine Curtis, U.S. Codex Office, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Room 4865, Washington, DC 20250, Telephone: (202) 690-1124, Fax: (202) 720-3157, Email: Jasmine.Curtis@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 fair practices in the food trade; promotes coordination of all food standards work undertaken by international governmental and non governmental organizations; determines priorities and initiates and guides the preparation of draft standards through and with the aid of appropriate organizations; finalizes standards elaborated and publish them in a Codex Alimentarius either as regional or worldwide standards, together with international standards already finalized by other bodies, wherever this is practicable; amends published standards, as appropriate, in the light of new developments.
Issues To Be Discussed at the Public Meeting
The following items on the agenda for the 35th Session of the CAC will be discussed during the public meeting:
- Proposed Amendments to the Procedural Manual
- Comments on Proposed Amendments to the Procedural Manual
- Draft Standards and Related Texts at Step 8 of the Procedure (including those Submitted at Step 5 with a Recommendation to Omit Steps 6 and 7 and at Step 5 of the Accelerated Procedure)
- Proposed Draft Standards and Related Texts at Step 5
- Revocation of Existing Codex Standards and Related Texts
- Amendments to the Codex Standards and Related Texts
- Proposals for the Elaboration of New Standards and Related Texts and for the Discontinuation of Work
- Matters Referred to the Commission by Codex Committees and Task Forces
- Strategic Planning of the Codex Alimentarius Commission
(a) General Implementation Status
(b) Draft Codex Strategic Plan 2014-2019
- Matters Arising from FAO and WHO
(a) FAO/WHO Project and Trust Fund for Enhanced Participation in Codex
(b) Other Matters Arising from FAO and WHO
- Financial and Budgetary Matters
- Relations between the Codex Alimentarius Commission and other International Organizations
- Election of Chairperson and Vice Chairperson
- Designation of Countries Responsible for Appointing the Chairpersons of Codex Committees and Task Forces
- Other Business
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).
At the June 5, 2012, 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 35th Session of the CAC (see ADDRESSES). Written comments should state that they relate to activities of the 35th session of the CAC.
Additional Public Notification
FSIS will announce this notice online through the FSIS Web page located at http://www.fsis.usda.gov/regulations_&_policies/Federal_Register_Notices/index.asp.
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/News_&_Events/Email_Subscription/. Options range from recalls to export information to regulations, directives, and notices. Customers can add or delete subscriptions themselves, and have the option to password protect their accounts.
USDA Nondiscrimination Statement
USDA prohibits discrimination in all its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, and marital or family status. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.) Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (Braille, large print, or audiotape) should contact USDA's Target Center at 202-720-2600 (voice and TTY).
To file a written complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20250-9410 or call 202-720-5964 (voice and TTY). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.
Done at Washington, DC on: May 21, 2012.
U.S. Codex Alimentarius Office.
[FR Doc. 2012-12602 Filed 5-23-12; 8:45 am]
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