Codex Alimentarius Commission: Meeting of the Codex Committee on Food Labeling, 6804-6805 [2013-02108]

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[FR Doc. 2013–02110 Filed 1–30–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–DM–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Food Safety and Inspection Service [Docket No. FSIS–2013–0001] Codex Alimentarius Commission: Meeting of the Codex Committee on Food Labeling Office of the Under Secretary for Food Safety, USDA. ACTION: Notice of public meeting and request for comments. srobinson on DSK4SPTVN1PROD with AGENCY: The Office of the Under Secretary for Food Safety, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), and the Food and Drug Administration SUMMARY: VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:38 Jan 30, 2013 Jkt 229001 (FDA), are sponsoring a public meeting on April 17, 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 41st Session of the Codex Committee on Food Labeling (CCFL) of the Codex Alimentarius Commission (Codex), which will be held in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada from May 14–17, 2013. The Under Secretary for Food Safety and FDA recognize the importance of providing interested parties the opportunity to obtain background information on the 41st Session of the CCFL, and to address items on the agenda. DATES: The public meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, April 17, 2013, from 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. ADDRESSES: 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 41st Session of the CCFL will be accessible via the World Wide Web at the following address: http:// www.codexalimentarius.org/meetingsreports/en/. The U.S. Delegate to the 41st 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 41st Session of the CCFL, 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 41st Session of the CCFL: Contact: Office of Nutrition, Labeling, and Dietary Supplements, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, FDA, 5100 Paint Branch Parkway (HFS–800), College Park, MD 20740, Email: ccfl@fda.hhs.gov. For Further Information About the Public Meeting Contact: Doreen ChenMoulec, U.S. Codex Office, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Room 4861, Washington, DC 20250, Telephone: (202) 205–7760, Fax: (202) 720–3157, Email: uscodex@fsis.usda.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background Codex was established in 1963 by two United Nations organizations, the Food and Agriculture Organization and the World Health Organization. Through adoption of food standards, codes of PO 00000 Frm 00002 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 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 the Codex Committees drafting standards, codes of practice and guidelines; (c) Studying specific labeling problems assigned to it by Codex; and (d) Studying problems associated with the advertisement of food with particular reference to claims and misleading descriptions. The Committee is hosted by Canada. Issues To Be Discussed at the Public Meeting The following items on the agenda for the 41st Session of the CCFL will be discussed during the public meeting: • Matters referred to the CCFL. • Consideration of labeling provisions in draft Codex standards. • Implementation of the World Health Organization Global Strategy on Diet, Physical Activity and Health. (a) Proposed draft revision of the Guidelines on Nutrition and Health Claims concerning Non-Addition of Sodium Salts • Guidelines for the Production, Processing, Labeling and Marketing of Organically Produced Foods. (a) Use of ethylene as sprouting inhibitor for onions and potatoes. (b) Organic aquaculture. • Discussion Paper on Issues Related to Date Marking. • Discussion Paper on Labeling of Food Derived from Crops Biofortified by Natural Selection • 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 these documents (see ADDRESSES). Public Meeting At the April 17, 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 the U.S. Delegate for the 41st Session of the CCFL (see ADDRESSES). Written comments should state that they relate to activities of the 41st Session of the CCFL. E:\FR\FM\31JAN1.SGM 31JAN1 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 21 / Thursday, January 31, 2013 / Notices Additional Public Notification DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE 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. 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Comments also may be submitted via facsimile to (406) 542–4196 or by email to: awatson@fs.fed.us. The public may inspect comments received at the Aldo Leopold Wilderness Research Institute, USDA Forest Service Rocky Mountain Station, 790 E. Beckwith Ave., Missoula, MT 59801 during normal business hours. Visitors are encouraged to call ahead to (406) 542–4197 to facilitate entry to the building. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Alan E. Watson, Aldo Leopold Wilderness Research Institute, (406) 542–4197. Individuals who use TDD may call the Federal Relay Service (FRS) at 1–800– 877–8339, 24 hours a day, every day of the year, including holidays. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Title: Arctic National Wildlife Refuge Recreation Visitor Study—2013. OMB Number: 0596–NEW. Expiration Date of Approval: Not applicable. Type of Request: New. Abstract: The Aldo Leopold Wilderness Research Institute in Missoula, Montana, works under an interagency agreement with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior, to provide information in support of public wild lands management planning. The management of specific refuges is directed by laws, policies, and Comprehensive Conservation Plans. The Wilderness Act of 1964 directs the management of the National Wilderness Preservation SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00003 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 6805 System to protect natural wilderness conditions and provide outstanding opportunities for the public to find solitude or primitive and unconfined types of recreational experiences. The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge contains 8,000,000 acres of federally protected wilderness, Molly Beattie Wilderness, and over 11,000,000 acres of land and water managed for multiple values (e.g. subsistence, wildlife, water quality, scenic values, etc.). The wildlife refuge is also mandated to provide recreation experiences to visitors under the following laws: (1) The National Wildlife Refuge System Administration Act, as amended by the National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act, (2) The Refuge Recreation Act, and (3) The Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act. Scientists at the Aldo Leopold Wilderness Research Institute periodically monitor and report visitor use, user characteristics, and visitor feedback on federal land management actions, to managers and the public, to help meet federal mandates related to visitor use management planning. Agency personnel use the collected information to ensure visitor recreational activity does not harm the natural resources of the refuge and to guarantee the protection of wildernesstype recreation experiences. The Agency intent is to compare 2013’s recorded visitor responses to the previous survey responses, dated in 1977 before Refuge status and Wilderness designation. 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[FR Doc No: 2013-02108]


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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Food Safety and Inspection Service

[Docket No. FSIS-2013-0001]


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

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), and the Food and Drug Administration 
(FDA), are sponsoring a public meeting on April 17, 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 41st Session of the Codex Committee on Food 
Labeling (CCFL) of the Codex Alimentarius Commission (Codex), which 
will be held in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada from May 
14-17, 2013. The Under Secretary for Food Safety and FDA recognize the 
importance of providing interested parties the opportunity to obtain 
background information on the 41st Session of the CCFL, and to address 
items on the agenda.

DATES: The public meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, April 17, 2013, 
from 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.

ADDRESSES: 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 41st Session of the CCFL 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 41st 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 41st 
Session of the CCFL, 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 41st Session of the CCFL: 
Contact: Office of Nutrition, Labeling, and Dietary Supplements, Center 
for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, FDA, 5100 Paint Branch Parkway 
(HFS-800), College Park, MD 20740, Email: ccfl@fda.hhs.gov.
    For Further Information About the Public Meeting Contact: Doreen 
Chen-Moulec, U.S. Codex Office, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Room 
4861, Washington, DC 20250, Telephone: (202) 205-7760, Fax: (202) 720-
3157, Email: uscodex@fsis.usda.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

Background

    Codex was established in 1963 by two United Nations organizations, 
the Food and Agriculture Organization and the World Health 
Organization. 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 the Codex Committees 
drafting standards, codes of practice and guidelines;
    (c) Studying specific labeling problems assigned to it by Codex; 
and
    (d) Studying problems associated with the advertisement of food 
with particular reference to claims and misleading descriptions.
    The Committee is hosted by Canada.

Issues To Be Discussed at the Public Meeting

    The following items on the agenda for the 41st Session of the CCFL 
will be discussed during the public meeting:
     Matters referred to the CCFL.
     Consideration of labeling provisions in draft Codex 
standards.
     Implementation of the World Health Organization Global 
Strategy on Diet, Physical Activity and Health.
    (a) Proposed draft revision of the Guidelines on Nutrition and 
Health Claims concerning Non-Addition of Sodium Salts
     Guidelines for the Production, Processing, Labeling and 
Marketing of Organically Produced Foods.
    (a) Use of ethylene as sprouting inhibitor for onions and potatoes.
    (b) Organic aquaculture.
     Discussion Paper on Issues Related to Date Marking.
     Discussion Paper on Labeling of Food Derived from Crops 
Biofortified by Natural Selection
     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 these documents (see ADDRESSES).

Public Meeting

    At the April 17, 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 the U.S. Delegate for the 41st 
Session of the CCFL (see ADDRESSES). Written comments should state that 
they relate to activities of the 41st Session of the CCFL.

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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 January 24, 2013.
Mary Frances Lowe,
U.S. Manager for Codex Alimentarius.
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