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Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 38 / Monday, February 27, 2006 / Notices establishments, as described herein, the results can no longer be considered predecisional. Given the potential value in making sample-by-sample test results available, as described above, FSIS has decided that it is reasonable to include individual Salmonella verification sample results in reports to those establishments that request various sample results and to make completed set results, in aggregate and quarterly, available on the Agency Web site. hsrobinson on PROD1PC70 with NOTICES Salmonella as Basis for Performance Standard Two comments questioned the appropriateness of Salmonella as an indicator organism or as the basis for a performance standard, noting that Salmonella occurs in food products other than the meat, poultry, and eggs regulated by FSIS. FSIS response: FSIS notes that the National Advisory Committee on Microbiological Criteria for Foods in its report of August 8, 2002 (Final— Response to the Questions Posed by FSIS Regarding Performance Standards with Particular Reference to Ground Beef Products; http://www.fsis.usda.gov/ OPHS/NACMCF/2002/rep_stand2.pdf) concluded that Salmonella test results are useful measures of process control. The Agency also notes its concern regarding recent increases in Salmonella positives in some raw product classes and in human infections from certain Salmonella serotypes that are associated with meat and poultry. FSIS, furthermore, will be obtaining Salmonella serotype information for each positive test result from its verification program in a more timely manner and will consider intensifying testing and scrutiny of establishments that produce products with serotypes of epidemiological concern. 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Each entry provides a quick link to a comment form so that visitors can type in their comments and submit them to FSIS. The Web site is located at http://www.regulations.gov/. 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 our constituents and stakeholders. The update is communicated via Listserv, a free e-mail subscription service consisting of industry, trade, and farm groups, consumer interest groups, allied health professionals, scientific professionals, and other individuals who have requested to be included. The update also 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 email subscription service which 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 across 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 password protect their account. Done at Washington, DC, on February 21, 2006. Barbara J. Masters, Administrator. [FR Doc. 06–1783 Filed 2–22–06; 1:15 pm] BILLING CODE 3410–DM–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Food Safety and Inspection Service [Docket No. FSIS–2006–0001] Codex Alimentarius Commission: Meeting of the Codex Committee on General Principles Office of the Under Secretary for Food Safety, USDA. ACTION: Notice of public meeting and request for comments. AGENCY: SUMMARY: The Office of the Under Secretary for Food Safety, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is PO 00000 Frm 00006 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 9777 sponsoring a public meeting on March 21, 2006. The objective of the public meeting is to provide information and receive public comments on agenda items and draft United States positions that will be discussed at the 23rd Session of the Codex Committee on General Principles (CCGP) of the Codex Alimentarius Commission (Codex), which will be held in Paris, France, April 10–14, 2006. The Under Secretary for Food Safety recognizes the importance of providing interested parties the opportunity to obtain background information on the 23rd Session of CCGP and to address items on the agenda. DATES: The public meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, March 21, 2006 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. ADDRESSES: The public meeting will be held in Room 107–A, Jamie Lee Whitten Building, U.S. Department of Agriculture, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20250. Documents related to the 23rd Session of the CCGP will be accessible via the World Wide Web at the following address: http:// www.codexalimentarius.net/web/ current. FSIS invites interested persons to submit comments on this notice. Comments may be submitted by any of the following methods: • Federal eRulemaking Portal: This Web site provides the ability to type short comments directly into the comment field on this Web page or attach a file for lengthier comments. FSIS prefers to receive comments through the Federal eRulemaking Portal. Go to http://www.regulations.gov and, in the ‘‘Search for Open Regulations’’ box, select ‘‘Food Safety and Inspection Service’’ from the agency drop-down menu, then click on ‘‘Submit.’’ In the Docket ID column, select the FDMS Docket Number FSIS–2006–0001 to submit or view public comments and to view supporting and related materials available electronically. • Mail, including floppy disks or CD– ROMs, and hand- or courier-delivered items: Send to Docket Clerk, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service, 300 12th Street, SW., Room 102 Cotton Annex Building, Washington, DC 20250. • Electronic mail: fsis.regulationscomments@fsis.usda.gov. All submissions received must include the Agency name and docket number FSIS–2006–0001. All comments submitted in response to this notice, as well as research and background information used by FSIS in developing this document, will be posted to the E:\FR\FM\27FEN1.SGM 27FEN1 9778 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 38 / Monday, February 27, 2006 / Notices regulations.gov Web site. The background information and comments also 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. • In addition to submitting comments by mail to the above address, the U.S. Codex Office invites U.S. interested parties to submit their comments electronically to the following e-mail address (uscodex@fsis.usda.gov). FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: F. Edward Scarbrough, U.S. Manager for Codex, Food Safety and Inspection Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Washington, DC 20250, Phone: (202) 205–7760, Fax: (202) 720–3157. E-mail: escarbrough@fsis.usda,gov For Further Information About the Public Meeting Contact: Jasmine Matthews, U.S. Codex Office, Food Safety and Inspection Service, Room 4861, South Building, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20250, Phone: (202) 205–7760, Fax: (202) 720–3157. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: hsrobinson on PROD1PC70 with NOTICES Background The Codex Alimentarius (Codex) was established in 1963 by two United Nations organizations, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Health Organization (WHO). Codex is the major international organization for encouraging fair international trade in food and protecting the health and economic interests of consumers. 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. The Codex Committee on General Principles (CCGP) deals with rules and procedures referred to it by the Codex Alimentarius Commission including the establishment of principles which define the purpose and scope of the Codex Alimentarius and the nature of Codex standards. The development of mechanisms to address any economic impact statements is also the responsibility of the CCGP. The committee is hosted by the Government of the French Republic. Issues To Be Discussed at the Public Meeting The following items on the Agenda for the 23rd Session of the Committee will be discussed during the public meeting: VerDate Aug<31>2005 14:15 Feb 24, 2006 Jkt 208001 • Matters Referred to the Committee: • Matters Referred by the Codex Alimentarius Commission and other Codex Committees. • Matters arising from the last Session of the Committee on General Principles: Management of the Work of the Codex Committee on Food Hygiene. • Proposed Draft Working Principles for Risk Analysis for Food Safety. • Proposed Draft Revised Code of Ethics for International Trade in Foods. • Proposed Amendments to the Rules of Procedure: • Duration of the term of office of the Members of the Executive Committee. • Respective roles of the Regional Coordinators and the Members of the Executive Committee elected on a geographic basis. • Review of the Procedures for the Elaboration of Codex Standards and Related Texts: • Proposed amendments to the Procedures (proposal from India). • Review of the Guide to the Consideration of Standards at Step 8 of the Procedure for the Elaboration of Codex Standards and Related Texts, including consideration of any Statement Relating to Economic Impact; Guide to the Procedure for the Revision and arrangements for the Amendment of Codex Standards Elaborated by Codex Committees which have adjourned sine die. • Review of the General Principles of the Codex Alimentarius. • Consideration of the term ‘‘interim’’ as relates to the adoption of Codex standards and related texts. • Proposed new definitions of risk analysis terms related to food safety (proposal from New Zealand). • Consideration of the Structure and Presentation of the Procedural Manual. Each issue listed will be fully described in documents distributed, or to be distributed, by the French Secretariat prior to the Meeting. Members of the public may access or request copies of these documents (see ADDRESSES). 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 online through the FSIS Web page located at http:// www.fsis.usda.gov/regulations/ 2006_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 our constituents and stakeholders. The update is communicated via Listserv, a free e-mail subscription service consisting of industry, trade, and farm groups, consumer interest groups, allied health professionals, scientific professionals, and other individuals who have requested 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 e-mail subscription service which 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 across 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 password protect their account. Public Meeting DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE At the March 21st public meeting, draft U.S. positions on these agenda items will be described, 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. Codex Office (see ADDRESSES). Written comments should state that they relate to activities of the 23rd Session of the CCGP. Additional Information Public awareness of all segments of rulemaking and policy development is PO 00000 Frm 00007 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Done at Washington, DC, on February 14, 2006. F. Edward Scarbrough, U.S. Manager for Codex Alimentarius. [FR Doc. E6–2683 Filed 2–24–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–DM–P Forest Service Eastern Idaho Resource Advisory Committee; Caribou-Targhee National Forest, Idaho Falls, ID Forest Service, USDA. Notice of meeting. 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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Food Safety and Inspection Service

[Docket No. FSIS-2006-0001]


Codex Alimentarius Commission: Meeting of the Codex Committee on 
General Principles

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) is sponsoring a public meeting on 
March 21, 2006. The objective of the public meeting is to provide 
information and receive public comments on agenda items and draft 
United States positions that will be discussed at the 23rd Session of 
the Codex Committee on General Principles (CCGP) of the Codex 
Alimentarius Commission (Codex), which will be held in Paris, France, 
April 10-14, 2006. The Under Secretary for Food Safety recognizes the 
importance of providing interested parties the opportunity to obtain 
background information on the 23rd Session of CCGP and to address items 
on the agenda.

DATES: The public meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, March 21, 2006 from 
1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

ADDRESSES: The public meeting will be held in Room 107-A, Jamie Lee 
Whitten Building, U.S. Department of Agriculture, 1400 Independence 
Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20250. Documents related to the 23rd 
Session of the CCGP will be accessible via the World Wide Web at the 
following address: http://www.codexalimentarius.net/web/current.
    FSIS invites interested persons to submit comments on this notice. 
Comments may be submitted by any of the following methods:
     Federal eRulemaking Portal: This Web site provides the 
ability to type short comments directly into the comment field on this 
Web page or attach a file for lengthier comments. FSIS prefers to 
receive comments through the Federal eRulemaking Portal. Go to http://
www.regulations.gov and, in the ``Search for Open Regulations'' box, 
select ``Food Safety and Inspection Service'' from the agency drop-down 
menu, then click on ``Submit.'' In the Docket ID column, select the 
FDMS Docket Number FSIS-2006-0001 to submit or view public comments and 
to view supporting and related materials available electronically.
     Mail, including floppy disks or CD-ROMs, and hand- or 
courier-delivered items: Send to Docket Clerk, U.S. Department of 
Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service, 300 12th Street, SW., 
Room 102 Cotton Annex Building, Washington, DC 20250.
     Electronic mail: fsis.regulationscomments@fsis.usda.gov. 
All submissions received must include the Agency name and docket number 
FSIS-2006-0001. All comments submitted in response to this notice, as 
well as research and background information used by FSIS in developing 
this document, will be posted to the

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regulations.gov Web site. The background information and comments also 
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.
     In addition to submitting comments by mail to the above 
address, the U.S. Codex Office invites U.S. interested parties to 
submit their comments electronically to the following e-mail address 
(uscodex@fsis.usda.gov).

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: F. Edward Scarbrough, U.S. Manager for 
Codex, Food Safety and Inspection Service, U.S. Department of 
Agriculture, Washington, DC 20250, Phone: (202) 205-7760, Fax: (202) 
720-3157. E-mail: escarbrough@fsis.usda,gov
    For Further Information About the Public Meeting Contact: Jasmine 
Matthews, U.S. Codex Office, Food Safety and Inspection Service, Room 
4861, South Building, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 
20250, Phone: (202) 205-7760, Fax: (202) 720-3157.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background

    The Codex Alimentarius (Codex) was established in 1963 by two 
United Nations organizations, the Food and Agriculture Organization 
(FAO) and the World Health Organization (WHO). Codex is the major 
international organization for encouraging fair international trade in 
food and protecting the health and economic interests of consumers. 
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.
    The Codex Committee on General Principles (CCGP) deals with rules 
and procedures referred to it by the Codex Alimentarius Commission 
including the establishment of principles which define the purpose and 
scope of the Codex Alimentarius and the nature of Codex standards. The 
development of mechanisms to address any economic impact statements is 
also the responsibility of the CCGP. The committee is hosted by the 
Government of the French Republic.

Issues To Be Discussed at the Public Meeting

    The following items on the Agenda for the 23rd Session of the 
Committee will be discussed during the public meeting:
     Matters Referred to the Committee:
     Matters Referred by the Codex Alimentarius Commission and 
other Codex Committees.
     Matters arising from the last Session of the Committee on 
General Principles: Management of the Work of the Codex Committee on 
Food Hygiene.
     Proposed Draft Working Principles for Risk Analysis for 
Food Safety.
     Proposed Draft Revised Code of Ethics for International 
Trade in Foods.
     Proposed Amendments to the Rules of Procedure:
     Duration of the term of office of the Members of the 
Executive Committee.
     Respective roles of the Regional Coordinators and the 
Members of the Executive Committee elected on a geographic basis.
     Review of the Procedures for the Elaboration of Codex 
Standards and Related Texts:
     Proposed amendments to the Procedures (proposal from 
India).
     Review of the Guide to the Consideration of Standards at 
Step 8 of the Procedure for the Elaboration of Codex Standards and 
Related Texts, including consideration of any Statement Relating to 
Economic Impact; Guide to the Procedure for the Revision and 
arrangements for the Amendment of Codex Standards Elaborated by Codex 
Committees which have adjourned sine die.
     Review of the General Principles of the Codex 
Alimentarius.
     Consideration of the term ``interim'' as relates to the 
adoption of Codex standards and related texts.
     Proposed new definitions of risk analysis terms related to 
food safety (proposal from New Zealand).
     Consideration of the Structure and Presentation of the 
Procedural Manual.
    Each issue listed will be fully described in documents distributed, 
or to be distributed, by the French Secretariat prior to the Meeting. 
Members of the public may access or request copies of these documents 
(see ADDRESSES).

Public Meeting

    At the March 21st public meeting, draft U.S. positions on these 
agenda items will be described, 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. Codex Office (see 
ADDRESSES). Written comments should state that they relate to 
activities of the 23rd Session of the CCGP.

Additional Information

    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 online 
through the FSIS Web page located at http://www.fsis.usda.gov/
regulations/2006_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 our 
constituents and stakeholders. The update is communicated via Listserv, 
a free e-mail subscription service consisting of industry, trade, and 
farm groups, consumer interest groups, allied health professionals, 
scientific professionals, and other individuals who have requested 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 e-mail subscription service which 
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 across 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 password protect their account.

    Done at Washington, DC, on February 14, 2006.
F. Edward Scarbrough,
U.S. Manager for Codex Alimentarius.
[FR Doc. E6-2683 Filed 2-24-06; 8:45 am]
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