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Codex Alimentarius Commission: Meeting of the Codex Committee on Food Labeling

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AGENCY:

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

ACTION:

Notice of public meeting and request for comments.

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 September 13, 2017. 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 44th Session of the Codex Committee on Food Labeling (CCFL) of the Codex Alimentarius Commission (Codex), which will take place in Asuncion, Paraguay, October 16-20, 2017. 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 44th Session of the CCFL and to address items on the agenda.

DATES:

The public meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, September 13, 2017, from 12:00 noon-4:00 p.m.

ADDRESSES:

The public meeting will take place at the FDA, Harvey W. Wiley Federal Building, Center for Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN), 5100 Paint Branch Parkway, Room 1A-003, College Park, MD 20740.

Documents related to the 44th Session of the CCFL will be accessible via the Internet at the following address: http://www.codexalimentarius.org/​meetings-reports/​en/​.

Felicia Billingslea, U.S. Delegate to the 44th Session of the CCFL, invites U.S. interested parties to submit their comments electronically to the following email address: ccfl@fda.hhs.gov.

Call-in-Number

If you wish to participate in the public meeting for the 44th Session of the CCFL by conference call, please use the call-in-number listed:

Call-in-Number: 1-855-828-1770.

Meeting ID: 741955932.

Meeting Password: 01134.

Registration

Attendees may register to attend the public meeting by emailing barbara.mcniff@fsis.usda.gov by September 7, 2017. The meeting will take place in a Federal building. Early registration is encouraged as it will expedite entry into the building and parking area. Attendees should bring photo identification and plan for adequate time to pass through security screening systems. If you require parking, please include the vehicle make and tag number when you register. 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 44TH SESSION OF THE CCFL CONTACT:

Office of Nutrition, Labeling, and Dietary Supplements, CFSAN/FDA, 5100 Paint Branch Parkway (HFS-800), College Park, MD 20740, Email: ccfl@fda.hhs.gov.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION ABOUT THE PUBLIC MEETING 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.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background

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.

The CCFL is responsible for:

(a) Drafting provisions on labeling applicable to all foods;

(b) Considering, amending if necessary, and endorsing draft specific provisions on labeling prepared by other Codex Committees that draft standards, codes of practice, and guidelines;

(c) Studying specific labeling problems assigned to it by the Commission; and

(d) Studying problems associated with the advertisement of food with particular reference to claims and misleading descriptions. The Committee is hosted by Canada.Start Printed Page 40542

Issues To Be Discussed at the Public Meeting

The following items on the Agenda for the 44th Session of the CCFL will be discussed during the public meeting:

  • Matters referred to the Committee by Codex and other Codex Subsidiary Bodies;
  • Matters outstanding from CCFL43: use of terms flavour and flavourings in labelling;
  • Matters of interest from FAO and WHO;
  • Consideration of labelling provisions in draft Codex standards;
  • Date marking (Draft Revision of the General Standard for the Labelling of Prepackaged Foods);
  • Proposed draft Guidance for the Labelling of non-retail containers;
  • Front of pack labeling (discussion paper); Consumer preference claims (discussion paper)
  • 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 September 13, 2017, 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 Felicia Billingslea for the 44th Session of the CCFL (see ADDRESSES). Written comments should state that they relate to the activities of the 44th Session of the CCFL.

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.

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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).

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Done at Washington, DC on August 22, 2017.

Mary Frances Lowe,

U.S. Manager for Codex Alimentarius.

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[FR Doc. 2017-18083 Filed 8-24-17; 8:45 am]

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