Codex Alimentarius Commission: Meeting of the Codex Committee on Food Hygiene, 59336-59337 [2013-23503]

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VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:19 Sep 25, 2013 Jkt 229001 [FR Doc. 2013–23499 Filed 9–25–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–DM–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Food Safety and Inspection Service [Docket No. FSIS–2013–0031] Codex Alimentarius Commission: Meeting of the Codex Committee on Food Hygiene 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), and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), are sponsoring a public meeting on October 23, 2013. 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 Forty-fifth Session of the Codex Committee on Food Hygiene (CCFH) of the Codex Alimentarius Commission (Codex), which will be held in Ha Noi, Vietnam, from November 11–15, 2013. The Under Secretary for Food Safety and the FDA recognize the importance of providing interested parties the opportunity to obtain background information on the 45th Session of CCFH and to address items on the agenda. DATES: The public meeting is scheduled for October 23, 2013 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ADDRESSES: The public meeting will take place in the Jamie L. Whitten Building, United States Department of Agriculture, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Room 107–A, Washington, DC 20250. Documents related to the 45th Session of the CCFH will be accessible via the World Wide Web at the following address: http://www.codexalimentarius. org/meetings-reports/en/. Jenny Scott, U.S. Delegate to the CCFH, invites U.S. interested parties to submit their comments electronically to the following email address Jenny.Scott@fda.hhs.gov. Call-In Number: If you wish to participate in the public meeting for the 45th session of the CCFH by conference call, please use SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00002 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 the call-in number and participant code listed below. Call-in Number: 1–888–858–2144 Participant Code: 6208658 FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For further information about the 45th Session on the CCFH contact: Jenny Scott, Senior Advisor, Office of Food Safety, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, 5100 Paint Branch Parkway, HFS–300, Room 3B–014, College Park, MD 20740–3835; Telephone: (240) 402–2166, Fax: (202) 436–2632, Email: Jenny.Scott@ fda.hhs.gov. For further information about the public meeting contact: Barbara McNiff, U.S. Codex Office, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Room 4861, South Building, Washington, DC, 20250; Telephone: (202)690–4719, Fax: (202) 720–3157, Email: Barbara.McNiff@fsis. usda.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background The Codex Alimentarius (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 Codex Committee on Food Hygiene is responsible for: (a) Drafting basic provisions on food hygiene applicable to all food; (b) Considering, amending if necessary, and endorsing provisions on hygiene prepared by Codex commodity committees and contained in Codex commodity standards; (c) Considering, amending if necessary, and endorsing provisions on hygiene prepared by Codex commodity committees and contained in Codex codes of practice unless, in specific cases, the Commission has decided otherwise (d) Drafting provisions on hygiene applicable to specific food items or food groups, whether coming within the terms of reference of a Codex commodity committee or not; (e) Considering specific hygiene problems assigned to it by the Commission; (f) Suggesting and prioritizing areas where there is a need for microbiological risk assessment at the international level and to develop questions to be addressed by the risk assessors; and E:\FR\FM\26SEN1.SGM 26SEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 187 / Thursday, September 26, 2013 / Notices (g) Considering microbiological risk management matters in relation to food hygiene, including food irradiation, and in relation to the risk assessment of FAO/WHO. The CCFH is hosted by the United States. Issues To Be Discussed at the Public Meeting The following items on the Agenda for the 45th Session of the CCFH will be discussed during the public meeting: • Matters Referred by the Codex Alimentarius Commission and/or Other Codex Committees and Task Forces to the Food Hygiene Committee • Matters arising from the Work of FAO, WHO and other International Intergovernmental Organizations (a) Progress Report on the Joint FAO/ WHO Expert Meetings on Microbiological Risk Assessment (JEMRA) and Related Matters (b) Information from the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) • Proposed Draft Guidelines for Control of Specific Zoonotic Parasites in Meat: Trichinella spiralis and Cysticercus bovis at Step 4 • Proposed Draft Revision of the Code of Hygienic Practice for Spices and Dried Aromatic Plants at Step 4 • Proposed Code of Practice for Low Moisture Foods at Step 4 • Discussion paper on occurrence and control of parasites • Discussion paper on the need to revise the Code of Hygienic Practice for Fresh Fruits and Vegetables • Other Business and Future Work (a) Forward Work plan and criteria for evaluating and prioritizing new work (b) New Work Each issue listed will be fully described in documents distributed, or to be distributed, by the Codex Secretariat prior to the Committee meeting. Members of the public may access or request copies of these documents (see ADDRESSES). tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Public Meeting At the October 23, 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 45th Session of the CCFH, Jenny Scott (see ADDRESSES). Written comments should state that they relate to activities of the 45th Session of the CCFH. VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:19 Sep 25, 2013 Jkt 229001 USDA Nondiscrimination Statement The U.S. Department of Agriculture (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, audiotape, etc.) 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. Additional Public Notification FSIS will announce this notice online through the FSIS Web page located at http://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal/ fsis/topics/regulations/federal-register. 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, and other individuals who have asked to be included. The update is available on the FSIS Web page. Through the Listserv and Web page, FSIS is able to provide information to a much broader and 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/wps/portal/fsis/ programs-and-services/emailsubscription-service. 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. PO 00000 Frm 00003 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 59337 Done at Washington, DC, on September 20, 2013. Mary Frances Lowe, U.S. Manager for Codex Alimentarius. [FR Doc. 2013–23503 Filed 9–25–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–DM–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Forest Service Black Hills National Forest Advisory Board; Meeting Forest Service, USDA. Notice of meeting. AGENCY: ACTION: The Black Hills National Forest Advisory Board (Board) will meet in Rapid City, South Dakota. The Board is established consistent with the Federal Advisory Committee Act of 1972 (5 U.S.C. App. II) (FACA), and the Forest and Rangeland Renewable Resources Planning Act of 1974 (16 U.S.C. 1600 et.seq.) (RPA), the National Forest Management Act of 1976 (16 U.S.C. 1612) (NFMA), and the Federal Public Lands Recreation Enhancement Act (Pub. L. 108–447) (REA). The purpose of the Board is to provide advice and recommendations on a broad range of forest issues such as forest plan revisions or amendments and forest health, including fire and mountain pine beetle epidemics, travel management, forest monitoring and evaluation, recreation fees, and sitespecific projects having forest-wide implications. The meeting is open to the public. The purpose of the meeting is: (1) To provide information to, and receive comments and recommendations from the Board regarding recreational facility operations, motorized travel permit fees, mountain pine beetle management actions; and (2) to provide an update to the Board regarding management actions resulting from completion of the Cave Management Environmental Impact Statement. 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[FR Doc No: 2013-23503]


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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Food Safety and Inspection Service

[Docket No. FSIS-2013-0031]


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

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), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), are 
sponsoring a public meeting on October 23, 2013. 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 Forty-fifth Session of the Codex Committee on Food Hygiene 
(CCFH) of the Codex Alimentarius Commission (Codex), which will be held 
in Ha Noi, Vietnam, from November 11-15, 2013. The Under Secretary for 
Food Safety and the FDA recognize the importance of providing 
interested parties the opportunity to obtain background information on 
the 45th Session of CCFH and to address items on the agenda.

DATES: The public meeting is scheduled for October 23, 2013 from 1:00 
p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

ADDRESSES: The public meeting will take place in the Jamie L. Whitten 
Building, United States Department of Agriculture, 1400 Independence 
Avenue SW., Room 107-A, Washington, DC 20250.
    Documents related to the 45th Session of the CCFH will be 
accessible via the World Wide Web at the following address: http://www.codexalimentarius.org/meetings-reports/en/.
    Jenny Scott, U.S. Delegate to the CCFH, invites U.S. interested 
parties to submit their comments electronically to the following email 
address Jenny.Scott@fda.hhs.gov.
    Call-In Number:
    If you wish to participate in the public meeting for the 45th 
session of the CCFH 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 CONTACT: For further information about the 45th 
Session on the CCFH contact: Jenny Scott, Senior Advisor, Office of 
Food Safety, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, U.S. Food 
and Drug Administration, 5100 Paint Branch Parkway, HFS-300, Room 3B-
014, College Park, MD 20740-3835; Telephone: (240) 402-2166, Fax: (202) 
436-2632, Email: Jenny.Scott@fda.hhs.gov.
    For further information about the public meeting contact: Barbara 
McNiff, U.S. Codex Office, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Room 4861, 
South Building, Washington, DC, 20250; Telephone: (202)690-4719, Fax: 
(202) 720-3157, Email: Barbara.McNiff@fsis.usda.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background

    The Codex Alimentarius (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 Codex Committee on Food Hygiene is responsible for:
    (a) Drafting basic provisions on food hygiene applicable to all 
food;
    (b) Considering, amending if necessary, and endorsing provisions on 
hygiene prepared by Codex commodity committees and contained in Codex 
commodity standards;
    (c) Considering, amending if necessary, and endorsing provisions on 
hygiene prepared by Codex commodity committees and contained in Codex 
codes of practice unless, in specific cases, the Commission has decided 
otherwise
    (d) Drafting provisions on hygiene applicable to specific food 
items or food groups, whether coming within the terms of reference of a 
Codex commodity committee or not;
    (e) Considering specific hygiene problems assigned to it by the 
Commission;
    (f) Suggesting and prioritizing areas where there is a need for 
microbiological risk assessment at the international level and to 
develop questions to be addressed by the risk assessors; and

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    (g) Considering microbiological risk management matters in relation 
to food hygiene, including food irradiation, and in relation to the 
risk assessment of FAO/WHO.
    The CCFH is hosted by the United States.

Issues To Be Discussed at the Public Meeting

    The following items on the Agenda for the 45th Session of the CCFH 
will be discussed during the public meeting:

 Matters Referred by the Codex Alimentarius Commission and/or 
Other Codex Committees and Task Forces to the Food Hygiene Committee
 Matters arising from the Work of FAO, WHO and other 
International Intergovernmental Organizations
    (a) Progress Report on the Joint FAO/WHO Expert Meetings on 
Microbiological Risk Assessment (JEMRA) and Related Matters
    (b) Information from the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE)
 Proposed Draft Guidelines for Control of Specific Zoonotic 
Parasites in Meat: Trichinella spiralis and Cysticercus bovis at Step 4
 Proposed Draft Revision of the Code of Hygienic Practice for 
Spices and Dried Aromatic Plants at Step 4
 Proposed Code of Practice for Low Moisture Foods at Step 4
 Discussion paper on occurrence and control of parasites
 Discussion paper on the need to revise the Code of Hygienic 
Practice for Fresh Fruits and Vegetables
 Other Business and Future Work
    (a) Forward Work plan and criteria for evaluating and prioritizing 
new work
    (b) New Work
    Each issue listed will be fully described in documents distributed, 
or to be distributed, by the Codex Secretariat prior to the Committee 
meeting. Members of the public may access or request copies of these 
documents (see ADDRESSES).

Public Meeting

    At the October 23, 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 45th Session of the CCFH, Jenny Scott (see ADDRESSES). Written 
comments should state that they relate to activities of the 45th 
Session of the CCFH.

USDA Nondiscrimination Statement

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture (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, audiotape, 
etc.) 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.

Additional Public Notification

    FSIS will announce this notice online through the FSIS Web page 
located at http://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsis/topics/regulations/federal-register.
    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, and 
other individuals who have asked to be included. The update is 
available on the FSIS Web page. Through the Listserv and Web page, FSIS 
is able to provide information to a much broader and 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/wps/portal/fsis/programs-and-services/email-subscription-service. 
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 September 20, 2013.
Mary Frances Lowe,
U.S. Manager for Codex Alimentarius.
[FR Doc. 2013-23503 Filed 9-25-13; 8:45 am]
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