Codex Alimentarius Commission: Proposals for New Work and Priorities for the Codex Ad Hoc Intergovernmental Task Force on Foods Derived From Biotechnology, 17644-17645 [05-7012]

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[FR Doc. 05–6933 Filed 4–6–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–XT–M DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Food Safety and Inspection Service [Docket No. 05–008N] Codex Alimentarius Commission: Proposals for New Work and Priorities for the Codex Ad Hoc Intergovernmental Task Force on Foods Derived From Biotechnology Office of the Under Secretary for Food Safety. ACTION: Notice of public meeting; request for comments. AGENCY: SUMMARY: The Office of the Under Secretary for Food Safety, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), United States Department of Health and Human Services, are sponsoring a public meeting on April 7, 2005, to provide information and receive public comments on the draft U.S. responses to Codex Circular Letter CL 2005/2–FBT: Proposals for new work to be undertaken by the Codex Ad Hoc Intergovernmental Task Force on Foods Derived from Biotechnology. Following approval at the 27th Session of the Codex Alimentarius Commission (from June 28 to July 3, 2004) to establish the Task Force, under the chairmanship of Japan, Codex agreed to solicit comments on the work that the Task Force ought to undertake and on the priorities for this new work. DATES: The public meeting is scheduled for Thursday, April 7, 2005, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. ADDRESSES: The public meeting will be held in Room 107–A of the Jamie L. Whitten Federal Building, USDA, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC. The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) invites interested persons to submit comments on this notice. Comments may be submitted by any of the following methods: • Mail, including floppy disks or CD– ROMs, and hand- or courier-delivered items: Send to the FSIS Docket Clerk, E:\FR\FM\07APN1.SGM 07APN1 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 66 / Thursday, April 7, 2005 / Notices U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service, 300 12th Street, SW., Room 102, Cotton Annex, Washington, DC 20730. All comments received must include the Agency name and docket number 05–008N. All comments submitted in response to this notice will be available for public inspection in the FSIS Docket Room at the address listed above between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. The comments also will be posted on the Agency’s Web site at http://www.fsis.usda.gov/regulations/ 2005 Notices Index/index.asp. For Further Information About the Codex Ad Hoc Intergovernmental Task Force on Foods Derived From Biotechnology, Contact: Bernice Slutsky, Ph.D., Special Assistant to the Secretary for Biotechnology, Office of the Secretary, USDA, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20250; telephone: (202) 690–0735; electronic mail: bernice.slutsky@usda.gov. For Further Information About the Public Meeting Contact: Paulo Almeida, U.S. Codex Office, FSIS, Room 4861, South Building, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20250– 3700; telephone: (202) 690–4042; facsimile: (202) 720–3157. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background The Codex Alimentarius Commission (Codex) was established in 1962 by two United Nations organizations, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Health Organization (WHO). Codex is the major international standard-setting organization for protecting the health and economic interests of consumers and encouraging fair international trade in food. 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 ensure that the world’s food supply is sound, wholesome, free from adulteration, and correctly labeled. In the United States, USDA, FDA, and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) manage and carry out U.S. Codex activities. The Codex Ad Hoc Intergovernmental Task Force on Foods Derived from Biotechnology develops standards, guidelines, and recommendations for foods derived from modern biotechnology or for traits introduced into foods by modern biotechnology. The standards, guidelines, and recommendations are developed on the basis of scientific evidence and risk analysis, having regard, where VerDate jul<14>2003 18:22 Apr 06, 2005 Jkt 205001 appropriate, for other legitimate factors relevant to the health of consumers and the promotion of fair practices in the food trade. Public Meeting At the April 7, 2005, public meeting, attendees will have an opportunity to pose questions and offer comments on draft U.S. responses to Codex Circular Letter CL 2005/2–FBT: proposals for new work to be undertaken by the Codex Ad Hoc Intergovernmental Task Force on Foods Derived from Biotechnology. Written comments may be offered at the meeting or sent to Dr. Bernice Slutsky (see addresses). Written comments should state that they relate to activities of the Codex Ad Hoc Intergovernmental Task Force on Foods Derived from Biotechnology. Members of the public may access Circular Letter CL 2005/2–FBT at http:// www.fsis.usda.gov/PDF/ Codex_cl05_02e.pdf. Additional Public Notification Public awareness of all segments of rulemaking and policy development is important. Consequently, in an effort to ensure that the public and, in particular, minorities, women, and persons with disabilities are aware of this notice, FSIS will announce it on-line through the FSIS Web page located at http:// www.fsis.usda.gov/regulations/ 2005_Notices_Index/index.asp. FSIS also will 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, recalls, 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, and farm groups, consumer interest groups, allied health professionals, scientific professionals, and other individuals who have asked to be included. The update is available on the FSIS Web page. Through Listserv and the Web page, FSIS is able to provide information to a much broader, more diverse audience. In addition, FSIS offers an electronic mail subscription service that provides an automatic and customized notification when popular pages are updated, including Federal Register publications and related documents. This service is available at http:// www.fsis.usda.gov/news_and_events/ email_subscription/ and allows FSIS customers to sign up for subscription options in eight categories. Options PO 00000 Frm 00002 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 17645 range from recalls to export information to regulations, directives, and notices. Customers can add or delete subscriptions themselves and have the option to protect their accounts with passwords. Done at Washington, DC, on April 4, 2005. F. Edward Scarbrough, U.S. Manager for Codex Alimentarius. [FR Doc. 05–7012 Filed 4–5–05; 11:36 am] BILLING CODE 3410–DM–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE Bureau of Industry and Security Action Affecting Export Privileges; Ghashim Group, Inc. d.b.a. KZ Results; Mazen Ghashim; MNC Group International, Inc. d.b.a. Wearform, d.b.a. Sports Zone, d.b.a. Soccer Zone In the Matter of: Ghashim Group, Inc., d.b.a. KZ Results, 3334 Walnut Bend Lane, Houston, Texas 77042 and Mazen Ghashim, 10734 Overbrook Lane, Houston, Texas 77042, Respondents, and, MNC Group International, Inc., d.b.a. Wearform, d.b.a. Sports Zone, d.b.a. Soccer Zone, 3334 Walnut Bend Lane, Houston, Texas 77042; Related Person. Order Temporarily Denying Export Privileges Pursuant to Section 766.24 of the Export Administration Regulations (‘‘EAR’’),1 the Bureau of Industry and Security (‘‘BIS’’), U.S. Department of Commerce, through its Office of Export Enforcement (‘‘OEE’’), has requested that I issue an Order temporarily denying the export privileges under the EAR of: Ghashim Group, Inc. doing business as (‘‘d.b.a.’’) KZ Results, 3334 Walnut Bend Lane, Houston, Texas 77042 (‘‘Ghashim Group’’) and Mazen Ghashim, 10734 Overbrook Lane, Houston, Texas 77042 (hereinafter collectively referred to as the ‘‘Respondents’’); and related person 1 The EAR, which are currently codified at 15 CFR Parts 730–774 (2004), are issued under the Export Administration Act of 1979, as amended (50 U.S.C. app. 2401–2420) (2000) (the ‘‘Act’’). From August 21, 1994 through November 12, 2000, the Act was in lapse. During that period, the President, through Executive Order 12,924, which had been extended by successive Presidential Notices, the last of which was August 3, 2000 (3 CFR, 2000 Comp. 397 (2001)), continued the EAR in effect under the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (50 U.S.C. 1701–1707 (2000)) (‘‘IEEPA’’). On November 13, 2000, the Act was reauthorized and remained in effect through August 20, 2001. Since August 21, 2001, the Act has been in lapse and the President, through Executive Order 13,222 of August 17, 2001 (3 CFR, 2001 Comp. 783 (2002)), as extended by the Notice of August 6, 2004, (69 FR 48763 (August 10, 2004)), continued the Regulations in effect under the IEEPA. E:\FR\FM\07APN1.SGM 07APN1

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[Federal Register Volume 70, Number 66 (Thursday, April 7, 2005)]
[Notices]
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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Food Safety and Inspection Service

[Docket No. 05-008N]


Codex Alimentarius Commission: Proposals for New Work and 
Priorities for the Codex Ad Hoc Intergovernmental Task Force on Foods 
Derived From Biotechnology

AGENCY: Office of the Under Secretary for Food Safety.

ACTION: Notice of public meeting; request for comments.

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SUMMARY: The Office of the Under Secretary for Food Safety, United 
States Department of Agriculture (USDA), and the Food and Drug 
Administration (FDA), United States Department of Health and Human 
Services, are sponsoring a public meeting on April 7, 2005, to provide 
information and receive public comments on the draft U.S. responses to 
Codex Circular Letter CL 2005/2-FBT: Proposals for new work to be 
undertaken by the Codex Ad Hoc Intergovernmental Task Force on Foods 
Derived from Biotechnology. Following approval at the 27th Session of 
the Codex Alimentarius Commission (from June 28 to July 3, 2004) to 
establish the Task Force, under the chairmanship of Japan, Codex agreed 
to solicit comments on the work that the Task Force ought to undertake 
and on the priorities for this new work.

DATES: The public meeting is scheduled for Thursday, April 7, 2005, 
from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

ADDRESSES: The public meeting will be held in Room 107-A of the Jamie 
L. Whitten Federal Building, USDA, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., 
Washington, DC.
    The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) invites interested 
persons to submit comments on this notice. Comments may be submitted by 
any of the following methods:
     Mail, including floppy disks or CD-ROMs, and hand- or 
courier-delivered items: Send to the FSIS Docket Clerk,

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U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service, 300 
12th Street, SW., Room 102, Cotton Annex, Washington, DC 20730. All 
comments received must include the Agency name and docket number 05-
008N.
    All comments submitted in response to this notice will be available 
for public inspection in the FSIS Docket Room at the address listed 
above between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. The 
comments also will be posted on the Agency's Web site at http://
www.fsis.usda.gov/regulations/2005 Notices Index/index.asp.
    For Further Information About the Codex Ad Hoc Intergovernmental 
Task Force on Foods Derived From Biotechnology, Contact: Bernice 
Slutsky, Ph.D., Special Assistant to the Secretary for Biotechnology, 
Office of the Secretary, USDA, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., 
Washington, DC 20250; telephone: (202) 690-0735; electronic mail: 
bernice.slutsky@usda.gov.
    For Further Information About the Public Meeting Contact: Paulo 
Almeida, U.S. Codex Office, FSIS, Room 4861, South Building, 1400 
Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20250-3700; telephone: (202) 
690-4042; facsimile: (202) 720-3157.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background

    The Codex Alimentarius Commission (Codex) was established in 1962 
by two United Nations organizations, the Food and Agriculture 
Organization (FAO) and the World Health Organization (WHO). Codex is 
the major international standard-setting organization for protecting 
the health and economic interests of consumers and encouraging fair 
international trade in food. 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 ensure that the world's food supply is sound, wholesome, free from 
adulteration, and correctly labeled. In the United States, USDA, FDA, 
and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) manage and carry out U.S. 
Codex activities.
    The Codex Ad Hoc Intergovernmental Task Force on Foods Derived from 
Biotechnology develops standards, guidelines, and recommendations for 
foods derived from modern biotechnology or for traits introduced into 
foods by modern biotechnology. The standards, guidelines, and 
recommendations are developed on the basis of scientific evidence and 
risk analysis, having regard, where appropriate, for other legitimate 
factors relevant to the health of consumers and the promotion of fair 
practices in the food trade.

Public Meeting

    At the April 7, 2005, public meeting, attendees will have an 
opportunity to pose questions and offer comments on draft U.S. 
responses to Codex Circular Letter CL 2005/2-FBT: proposals for new 
work to be undertaken by the Codex Ad Hoc Intergovernmental Task Force 
on Foods Derived from Biotechnology. Written comments may be offered at 
the meeting or sent to Dr. Bernice Slutsky (see addresses). Written 
comments should state that they relate to activities of the Codex Ad 
Hoc Intergovernmental Task Force on Foods Derived from Biotechnology. 
Members of the public may access Circular Letter CL 2005/2-FBT at 
http://www.fsis.usda.gov/PDF/Codex_cl05_02e.pdf.

Additional Public Notification

    Public awareness of all segments of rulemaking and policy 
development is important. Consequently, in an effort to ensure that the 
public and, in particular, minorities, women, and persons with 
disabilities are aware of this notice, FSIS will announce it on-line 
through the FSIS Web page located at http://www.fsis.usda.gov/
regulations/2005_Notices_Index/index.asp.
    FSIS also will 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, recalls, 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, and farm 
groups, consumer interest groups, allied health professionals, 
scientific professionals, and other individuals who have asked to be 
included. The update is available on the FSIS Web page. Through 
Listserv and the Web page, FSIS is able to provide information to a 
much broader, more diverse audience.
    In addition, FSIS offers an electronic mail subscription service 
that provides an automatic and customized notification when popular 
pages are updated, including Federal Register publications and related 
documents. This service is available at http://www.fsis.usda.gov/news_
and_events/email_subscription/ and allows FSIS customers to sign up 
for subscription options in eight categories. Options range from 
recalls to export information to regulations, directives, and notices.
    Customers can add or delete subscriptions themselves and have the 
option to protect their accounts with passwords.

    Done at Washington, DC, on April 4, 2005.
F. Edward Scarbrough,
U.S. Manager for Codex Alimentarius.
[FR Doc. 05-7012 Filed 4-5-05; 11:36 am]
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