Codex Alimentarius Commission: Meeting of the Codex Committee on Food Import and Export Inspection and Certification Systems (CCFICS), 83-84 [2012-31554]

Download as PDF 83 Notices Federal Register Vol. 78, No. 1 Wednesday, January 2, 2013 This section of the FEDERAL REGISTER contains documents other than rules or proposed rules that are applicable to the public. Notices of hearings and investigations, committee meetings, agency decisions and rulings, delegations of authority, filing of petitions and applications and agency statements of organization and functions are examples of documents appearing in this section. DEPARTMENT *COM020*OF AGRICULTURE Food Safety and Inspection Service [Docket No. FSIS–2012–0053] Codex Alimentarius Commission: Meeting of the Codex Committee on Food Import and Export Inspection and Certification Systems (CCFICS) Office of the Under Secretary for Food Safety, USDA. ACTION: Notice of public meeting and request for comments. AGENCY: The Office of the Under Secretary for Food Safety, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), is sponsoring a public meeting on January 24, 2013. 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 20th Session of the Codex Committee on Food Import and Export Inspection and Certification Systems (CCFICS) of the Codex Alimentarius Commission (Codex), which will be held in Chiang Mai, Thailand, February 18–22, 2013. The Under Secretary for Food Safety recognizes the importance of providing interested parties the opportunity to obtain background information on the 20th Session of the CCFICS and to address items on the agenda. DATES: The public meeting is scheduled for Thursday, January 24, 2013, from 2:00–4:00 p.m. ADDRESSES: The public meeting will be held in the Jamie L. Whitten Building, USDA, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Room 107–A, Washington, DC 20250. Documents related to the 20th Session of the CCFICS will be accessible via the World Wide Web at the following address: http:// tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with SUMMARY: VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:42 Dec 31, 2012 Jkt 229001 www.codexalimentarius.org/meetingsreports/en. Mary Stanley, U.S. Delegate to the 20th Session of the CCFICS invites U.S. interested parties to submit their comments electronically to the following email address Mary.Stanley@fsis.usda.gov. Call-In Number: If you wish to participate in the public meeting for the 20th Session of the CCFICS 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 20th Session of the CCFICS Contact: Mary Stanley, Director, International Policy Division, Office of Policy and Program Development, FSIS, USDA, Room 2925, South Agriculture Building, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20250, Phone: (202) 720–0287, Fax: (202) 720–4929, Email: Mary.Stanley@fsis.usda.gov. For Further Information About the Public Meeting Contact: Kenneth Lowery, U.S. Codex Office, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Room 4861, Washington, DC 20250, Phone: (202) 690–4042, Fax: (202) 720–3157, Email: Kenneth.Lowery@fsis.usda.gov. 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 CCFICS Committee is responsible for (a) Developing principles and guidelines for food import and export inspection and certification systems with a view to harmonizing methods and procedures which protect the health of consumers, ensure fair trading practices, and facilitate international trade in foodstuffs (b) Developing principles and guidelines for the application of measures by the competent authorities of exporting and importing countries to PO 00000 Frm 00001 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 provide assurance where necessary that foodstuffs comply with requirements, especially statutory health requirements (c) Developing guidelines for the utilization, as and when appropriate, of quality assurance systems to ensure that foodstuffs conform with requirements and promoting the recognition of these systems in facilitating trade in food products under bilateral/multilateral arrangements by countries (d) Developing guidelines and criteria with respect to format, declarations and language of such official certificates as countries may require with a view towards international harmonization (e) Making recommendations for information exchange in relation to food import/export control (f) Consulting as necessary with other international groups working on matters related to food inspection and certification systems (g) Considering other matters assigned to it by Codex in relation to food inspection and certification systems The Committee is hosted by Australia. Issues To Be Discussed at the Public Meeting The following items on the agenda for the 20th Session of the CCFICS will be discussed during the public meeting: • Matters referred to the CCFICS by Codex and other Codex Committees and Task Forces • Activities of the FAO and WHO relevant to the work of the CCFICS • Activities of other international organizations relevant to the work of the CCFICS • Draft and proposed draft principles and guidelines for national food control systems • Discussion paper on burden of multiple questionnaires directed at exporting countries • Discussion paper on monitoring regulatory performance of national food control systems • Discussion paper on the need for further guidance on food safety emergencies and on the analysis of proposed change to the CCFICS texts on emergencies and rejections to address feed • Other business and future work 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). E:\FR\FM\02JAN1.SGM 02JAN1 84 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 1 / Wednesday, January 2, 2013 / Notices Public Meeting At the January 24, 2013, 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 Mary Stanley, U.S. Delegate for the 20th Session of the CCFICS (see ADDRESSES). Written comments should state that they relate to activities of the 20th Session of the CCFICS. Additional Public Notification tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with 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., 16:42 Dec 31, 2012 Jkt 229001 Done at Washington, DC on: December 21, 2012. MaryFrances Lowe, U.S. Manager for Codex Alimentarius. [FR Doc. 2012–31554 Filed 12–31–12; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–DM–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE Bureau of Industry and Security 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. VerDate Mar<15>2010 Washington, DC 20250–9410 or call 202–720–5964 (voice and TTY). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer. In the Matter of: Boniface U. Ibe, 11202 Trevor Court, Mitchellville, MD 20721 Order Denying Export Privileges On July 11, 2011, in the U.S. District Court, District of Maryland, Boniface U. Ibe (‘‘Ibe’’) was convicted of violating Section 38 of the Arms Export Control Act (22 U.S.C. 2778 (2000)) (‘‘AECA’’) and the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (50 U.S.C. 1701 et seq. (2000)) (‘‘IEEPA’’). Specifically, Ibe was convicted of knowingly and willfully exporting, causing to be exported, and attempting to export from the United States to Nigeria, defense articles included on the United States Munitions List, namely, firearms and ammunition, without having first obtained from the Department of State a license for such export or written authorization for such export, in violation of AECA. Ibe was also convicted of knowingly and willfully exporting, causing to exported, and attempting to export from the United States to Nigeria shotguns without having first obtained a validated export license from the United States Department of Commerce, in violation of IEEPA. Ibe was sentenced to five months in prison followed by 10 months of supervised release. Ibe is also listed on the U.S. Department of State Debarred List. Section 766.25 of the Export Administration Regulations (‘‘EAR’’ or ‘‘Regulations’’)1 provides, in pertinent part, that ‘‘[t]he Director of the Office of Exporter Services, in consultation with the Director of the Office of Export 1 The Regulations are currently codified in the Code of Federal Regulations at 15 CFR Parts 730– 774 (2012). The Regulations issued pursuant to the Export Administration Act (50 U.S.C. app. §§ 2401– 2420 (2000)) (‘‘EAA’’). Since August 21, 2001, the EAA has been in lapse and the President, through Executive Order 13222 of August 17, 2001 (3 CFR, 2001 Comp. 783 (2002)), which has been extended by successive Presidential Notices, the most recent being that of August 15, 2012 (77 FR 49699 (Aug. 16, 2012)), has continued the Regulations in effect under the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (50 U.S.C. 1701, et seq. (2000)). PO 00000 Frm 00002 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Enforcement, may deny the export privileges of any person who has been convicted of a violation of the [Export Administration Act (‘‘EAA’’)], the EAR, or any order, license or authorization issued thereunder; any regulation, license, or order issued under the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (50 U.S.C. 1701–1706); 18 U.S.C. 793, 794 or 798; section 4(b) of the Internal Security Act of 1950 (50 U.S.C. 783(b)), or section 38 of the Arms Export Control Act (22 U.S.C. 2778).’’ 15 CFR 766.25(a); see also Section 11(h) of the EAA, 50 U.S.C. app. § 2410(h). The denial of export privileges under this provision may be for a period of up to 10 years from the date of the conviction. 15 CFR 766.25(d); see also 50 U.S.C. app. § 2410(h). In addition, Section 750.8 of the Regulations states that the Bureau of Industry and Security’s Office of Exporter Services may revoke any Bureau of Industry and Security (‘‘BIS’’) licenses previously issued in which the person had an interest in at the time of his conviction. I have received notice of Ibe’s conviction for violating AECA and IEEPA, and have provided notice and an opportunity for Ibe to make a written submission to BIS, as provided in Section 766.25 of the Regulations. I have not received a submission from Ibe. Based upon my review and consultations with BIS’s Office of Export Enforcement, including its Director, and the facts available to BIS, I have decided to deny Ibe’s export privileges under the Regulations for a period of 10 years from the date of Ibe’s conviction. I have also decided to revoke all licenses issued pursuant to the Act or Regulations in which Ibe had an interest at the time of his conviction. Accordingly, it is hereby Ordered I. Until July 11, 2021, Boniface U. Ibe, with a last known address at: 11202 Trevor Court, Mitchellville, MD 20721, and when acting for or on behalf of Ibe, his representatives, assigns, agents or employees (the ‘‘Denied Person’’), may not, directly or indirectly, participate in any way in any transaction involving any commodity, software or technology (hereinafter collectively referred to as ‘‘item’’) exported or to be exported from the United States that is subject to the Regulations, including, but not limited to: A. Applying for, obtaining, or using any license, License Exception, or export control document; B. Carrying on negotiations concerning, or ordering, buying, receiving, using, selling, delivering, storing, disposing of, forwarding, transporting, financing, or otherwise E:\FR\FM\02JAN1.SGM 02JAN1

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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Food Safety and Inspection Service

[Docket No. FSIS-2012-0053]


Codex Alimentarius Commission: Meeting of the Codex Committee on 
Food Import and Export Inspection and Certification Systems (CCFICS)

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), Food Safety and Inspection Service 
(FSIS), is sponsoring a public meeting on January 24, 2013. 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 20th Session of the Codex 
Committee on Food Import and Export Inspection and Certification 
Systems (CCFICS) of the Codex Alimentarius Commission (Codex), which 
will be held in Chiang Mai, Thailand, February 18-22, 2013. The Under 
Secretary for Food Safety recognizes the importance of providing 
interested parties the opportunity to obtain background information on 
the 20th Session of the CCFICS and to address items on the agenda.

DATES: The public meeting is scheduled for Thursday, January 24, 2013, 
from 2:00-4:00 p.m.

ADDRESSES: The public meeting will be held in the Jamie L. Whitten 
Building, USDA, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Room 107-A, Washington, 
DC 20250. Documents related to the 20th Session of the CCFICS will be 
accessible via the World Wide Web at the following address: http://www.codexalimentarius.org/meetings-reports/en.
    Mary Stanley, U.S. Delegate to the 20th Session of the CCFICS 
invites U.S. interested parties to submit their comments electronically 
to the following email address Mary.Stanley@fsis.usda.gov.
    Call-In Number:
    If you wish to participate in the public meeting for the 20th 
Session of the CCFICS 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 20th Session of the CCFICS 
Contact: Mary Stanley, Director, International Policy Division, Office 
of Policy and Program Development, FSIS, USDA, Room 2925, South 
Agriculture Building, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 
20250, Phone: (202) 720-0287, Fax: (202) 720-4929, Email: 
Mary.Stanley@fsis.usda.gov.
    For Further Information About the Public Meeting Contact: Kenneth 
Lowery, U.S. Codex Office, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Room 4861, 
Washington, DC 20250, Phone: (202) 690-4042, Fax: (202) 720-3157, 
Email: Kenneth.Lowery@fsis.usda.gov.

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 CCFICS Committee is responsible for
    (a) Developing principles and guidelines for food import and export 
inspection and certification systems with a view to harmonizing methods 
and procedures which protect the health of consumers, ensure fair 
trading practices, and facilitate international trade in foodstuffs
    (b) Developing principles and guidelines for the application of 
measures by the competent authorities of exporting and importing 
countries to provide assurance where necessary that foodstuffs comply 
with requirements, especially statutory health requirements
    (c) Developing guidelines for the utilization, as and when 
appropriate, of quality assurance systems to ensure that foodstuffs 
conform with requirements and promoting the recognition of these 
systems in facilitating trade in food products under bilateral/
multilateral arrangements by countries
    (d) Developing guidelines and criteria with respect to format, 
declarations and language of such official certificates as countries 
may require with a view towards international harmonization
    (e) Making recommendations for information exchange in relation to 
food import/export control
    (f) Consulting as necessary with other international groups working 
on matters related to food inspection and certification systems
    (g) Considering other matters assigned to it by Codex in relation 
to food inspection and certification systems
    The Committee is hosted by Australia.

Issues To Be Discussed at the Public Meeting

    The following items on the agenda for the 20th Session of the 
CCFICS will be discussed during the public meeting:
     Matters referred to the CCFICS by Codex and other Codex 
Committees and Task Forces
     Activities of the FAO and WHO relevant to the work of the 
CCFICS
     Activities of other international organizations relevant 
to the work of the CCFICS
     Draft and proposed draft principles and guidelines for 
national food control systems
     Discussion paper on burden of multiple questionnaires 
directed at exporting countries
     Discussion paper on monitoring regulatory performance of 
national food control systems
     Discussion paper on the need for further guidance on food 
safety emergencies and on the analysis of proposed change to the CCFICS 
texts on emergencies and rejections to address feed
     Other business and future work
    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).

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Public Meeting

    At the January 24, 2013, 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 Mary Stanley, U.S. 
Delegate for the 20th Session of the CCFICS (see ADDRESSES). Written 
comments should state that they relate to activities of the 20th 
Session of the CCFICS.

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: December 21, 2012.
MaryFrances Lowe,
U.S. Manager for Codex Alimentarius.
[FR Doc. 2012-31554 Filed 12-31-12; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 3410-DM-P