Codex Alimentarius Commission: Meeting of the Codex Committee on Contaminants in Food, 9728-9729 [2014-03715]

Download as PDF 9728 Notices Federal Register Vol. 79, No. 34 Thursday, February 20, 2014 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 OF AGRICULTURE Food Safety and Inspection Service [Docket No. FSIS–2013–0050] Codex Alimentarius Commission: Meeting of the Codex Committee on Contaminants in Food 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, are sponsoring a public meeting on February 27, 2014. The objective of the public meeting is to provide information and receive public comments on agenda items and draft U.S. positions that will be discussed at the 8th Session of the Codex Committee on Contaminants in Food (CCCF) of the Codex Alimentarius Commission (Codex), which will be held in The Hague, The Netherlands, March 31– April 4, 2014. The Under Secretary for Food Safety and FDA recognize the importance of providing interested parties the opportunity to obtain background information on the 8th Session of the CCCF and to address items on the agenda. DATES: The public meeting is scheduled for Thursday, February 27, 2014, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. ADDRESSES: The public meeting will take place at The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Harvey W. Wiley Federal Building, Room 1A–003, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN), 5100 Paint Branch Parkway, College Park, MD 20740. Documents related to the 8th Session of the CCCF will be accessible via the World Wide Web at http://www.codexalimentarius. org/meetings-reports/en/. Nega Beru, mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:08 Feb 19, 2014 Jkt 232001 U.S. Delegate to the 8th Session of the CCCF, invites interested U.S. parties to submit their comments electronically to the following email address henry.kim@fda.hhs.gov. REGISTRATION: Attendees may register electronically at the same email address provided above by February 24, 2014. The meeting will be held in a Federal building; therefore, early registration is encouraged as it will expedite entry into the building and its parking area. You should also bring photo identification and plan for adequate time to pass through security screening systems. If you require parking, please include the vehicle make and tag number when you register. Attendees that are not able to attend the meeting in person but wish to participate may do so by phone. CALL-IN NUMBER: If you wish to participate in the public meeting for the 8th Session of CCCF by conference call, please use the call-in number and participant code listed below. Call-in Number: 1–866–707–4534 Participant Code: 8731753# Contact for Further Information About the 8th Session of the CCCF and the Public Meeting: Henry Kim, Ph.D., Office of Food Safety, CFSAN/FDA, HFS–317, 5100 Paint Branch Parkway, College Park, MD 20740; Telephone: (240) 402–2023, Fax: (301) 436–2632, Email: mailto:henry.kim@fda.hhs.gov or Doreen Chen-Moulec, U.S. Codex Office, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC; Telephone (202) 205 7760, Email: Doreen.ChenMoulec@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 adoption and implementation by governments, Codex seeks to protect the health of consumers and ensure that fair practices are used in the food trade. The CCCF is responsible for: (a) Establishing or endorsing permitted maximum levels, and where necessary revising existing guideline levels, for contaminants and naturally occurring toxicants in food and feed; PO 00000 Frm 00001 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 (b) preparing priority lists of contaminants and naturally occurring toxicants for risk assessment by the Joint FAO/WHO Expert Committee on Food Additives (JECFA); (c) considering and elaborating methods of analysis and sampling for the determination of contaminants and naturally occurring toxicants in food and feed; (d) considering and elaborating standards or codes of practice for related subjects; and (e) considering other matters assigned to it by the Codex Alimentarius Commission in relation to contaminants and naturally occurring toxicants in food and feed. The Committee is chaired by The Netherlands. Issues To Be Discussed at the Public Meeting The following items on the Agenda for the 8th Session of the CCCF will be discussed during the public meeting: • Matters Referred to the CCCF by the Codex Alimentarius Commission and/or its subsidiary bodies. • Matters of Interest Arising from FAO and WHO (including JECFA). • Matters of Interest Arising from other International Organizations. • Proposed Draft Revision of the Maximum Levels for Lead in Selected Commodities in the General Standard for Contaminants and Toxins in Food and Feed. • Proposed Draft Maximum Levels for Arsenic in Rice (Raw Rice and Polished Rice). • Draft Maximum Levels for Deoxynivalenol (DON) in Cereals and Cereal-based Products and Associated Sampling Plans. • Proposed Draft Maximum Levels for Acetylated Derivatives in Cereals and Cereal-Based Products. • Proposed Draft Maximum Levels for Fumonisins in Maize and Maize Products and Associated Sampling Plans. • Proposed Draft Annex for the Prevention and Reduction of Aflatoxins and Ochratoxin A Contamination in Sorghum (Code of Practice for the Prevention and Reduction of Mycotoxin Contamination in Cereals). • Proposed Draft Code of Practice for Weed Control to Prevent and Reduce Pyrrolizidine Alkaloid Contamination in Food and Feed. E:\FR\FM\20FEN1.SGM 20FEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 34 / Thursday, February 20, 2014 / Notices • Editorial Amendments to the General Standard for Contaminants and Toxins in Food and Feed. • Discussion Paper on the Development of a Code of Practice for the Prevention and Reduction of Arsenic Contamination in Rice. • Discussion Paper on the Possible Revision of the Code of Practice for Prevention and Reduction of Mycotoxin Contamination in Cereals. • Discussion Paper on Aflatoxins in Cereals. • Discussion Paper on the Review of the Guideline Levels for Methylmercury in Fish and Predatory Fish. • Discussion Paper on the Establishment of a Maximum Level for Total Aflatoxins in Ready-to-Eat Peanuts and Associated Sampling Plan. • Discussion Paper on Halogenated Solvents. • Priority List of Contaminants and Naturally Occurring Toxicants Proposed for Evaluation by JEFCA. 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 or request copies of these documents (see ADDRESSES). mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Public Meeting At the February 27, 2014 public meeting, draft U.S. positions on the 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 Dr. Henry Kim for the 8th Session of the CCCF (see ADDRESSES). Written comments should state that they relate to activities of the 8th Session of the CCCF. 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 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 VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:08 Feb 19, 2014 Jkt 232001 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 accounts. 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. Done at Washington, DC, on February 12, 2014. Mary Frances Lowe, U.S. Manager for Codex Alimentarius. [FR Doc. 2014–03715 Filed 2–19–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–DM–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Forest Service Southwest Idaho Resource Advisory Committee Forest Service, USDA. Notice of meeting. AGENCY: ACTION: The Southwest Idaho Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) will meet in Boise, Idaho. The committee is authorized under the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act (Pub. L. 110– 343) (the Act) and operates in compliance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act. The purpose of the committee is to improve collaborative relationships and to provide advice and recommendations to the Forest Service concerning projects and funding consistent with the title II of the Act. SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00002 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 9729 The meeting is open to the public. The purpose of the meeting is review, approval, and presentation of project proposals, and is an open public forum. DATES: The meeting will be held April 17, 2014 at 9:00 a.m. All RAC meetings are subject to cancellation. For status of meeting prior to attendance, please contact the person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT. The meeting will be held at the Idaho Water Center, Classroom 156, 322 E. Front Street, Boise, Idaho. Written comments may be submitted as described under Supplementary Information. All comments, including names and addresses when provided, are placed in the record and are available for public inspection and copying. The public may inspect comments received at the New Meadows Ranger District. Please call ahead to facilitate entry into the building. ADDRESSES: Kim Pierson, Designated Federal Officer, by phone at 208–347–0301 or via email at kpierson@fs.fed.us. 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Anyone who would like to bring related matters to the attention of the committee may file written statements with the committee staff before or after the meeting. Written comments and requests for time for oral comments must be sent to Attn: Kim Pierson, Designated Federal Officer, New Meadows Ranger District, P.O. Box J, New Meadows, Idaho 83654; or by email to kpierson@fs.fed.us, or via facsimile to 208–347–0309. Meeting Accommodations: If you are a person requiring reasonable accommodation, please make requests FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: E:\FR\FM\20FEN1.SGM 20FEN1

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Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 34 / Thursday, February 20, 2014 / 
Notices

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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Food Safety and Inspection Service

[Docket No. FSIS-2013-0050]


Codex Alimentarius Commission: Meeting of the Codex Committee on 
Contaminants in Food

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, are sponsoring a 
public meeting on February 27, 2014. The objective of the public 
meeting is to provide information and receive public comments on agenda 
items and draft U.S. positions that will be discussed at the 8th 
Session of the Codex Committee on Contaminants in Food (CCCF) of the 
Codex Alimentarius Commission (Codex), which will be held in The Hague, 
The Netherlands, March 31-April 4, 2014. The Under Secretary for Food 
Safety and FDA recognize the importance of providing interested parties 
the opportunity to obtain background information on the 8th Session of 
the CCCF and to address items on the agenda.

DATES: The public meeting is scheduled for Thursday, February 27, 2014, 
from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

ADDRESSES: The public meeting will take place at The Food and Drug 
Administration (FDA), Harvey W. Wiley Federal Building, Room 1A-003, 
Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN), 5100 Paint Branch 
Parkway, College Park, MD 20740. Documents related to the 8th Session 
of the CCCF will be accessible via the World Wide Web at http://www.codexalimentarius.org/meetings-reports/en/. Nega Beru, U.S. 
Delegate to the 8th Session of the CCCF, invites interested U.S. 
parties to submit their comments electronically to the following email 
address henry.kim@fda.hhs.gov.

REGISTRATION: Attendees may register electronically at the same email 
address provided above by February 24, 2014. The meeting will be held 
in a Federal building; therefore, early registration is encouraged as 
it will expedite entry into the building and its parking area. You 
should also bring photo identification and plan for adequate time to 
pass through security screening systems. If you require parking, please 
include the vehicle make and tag number when you register. Attendees 
that are not able to attend the meeting in person but wish to 
participate may do so by phone.

CALL-IN NUMBER: If you wish to participate in the public meeting for 
the 8th Session of CCCF by conference call, please use the call-in 
number and participant code listed below.
Call-in Number: 1-866-707-4534
Participant Code: 8731753
    Contact for Further Information About the 8th Session of the CCCF 
and the Public Meeting: Henry Kim, Ph.D., Office of Food Safety, CFSAN/
FDA, HFS-317, 5100 Paint Branch Parkway, College Park, MD 20740; 
Telephone: (240) 402-2023, Fax: (301) 436-2632, Email: 
mailto:henry.kim@fda.hhs.gov or Doreen Chen-Moulec, U.S. Codex Office, 
1400 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC; Telephone (202) 205 7760, 
Email: Doreen.Chen-Moulec@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 adoption and implementation by governments, Codex seeks to 
protect the health of consumers and ensure that fair practices are used 
in the food trade.
    The CCCF is responsible for:
    (a) Establishing or endorsing permitted maximum levels, and where 
necessary revising existing guideline levels, for contaminants and 
naturally occurring toxicants in food and feed;
    (b) preparing priority lists of contaminants and naturally 
occurring toxicants for risk assessment by the Joint FAO/WHO Expert 
Committee on Food Additives (JECFA);
    (c) considering and elaborating methods of analysis and sampling 
for the determination of contaminants and naturally occurring toxicants 
in food and feed;
    (d) considering and elaborating standards or codes of practice for 
related subjects; and
    (e) considering other matters assigned to it by the Codex 
Alimentarius Commission in relation to contaminants and naturally 
occurring toxicants in food and feed.
    The Committee is chaired by The Netherlands.

Issues To Be Discussed at the Public Meeting

    The following items on the Agenda for the 8th Session of the CCCF 
will be discussed during the public meeting:
     Matters Referred to the CCCF by the Codex Alimentarius 
Commission and/or its subsidiary bodies.
     Matters of Interest Arising from FAO and WHO (including 
JECFA).
     Matters of Interest Arising from other International 
Organizations.
     Proposed Draft Revision of the Maximum Levels for Lead in 
Selected Commodities in the General Standard for Contaminants and 
Toxins in Food and Feed.
     Proposed Draft Maximum Levels for Arsenic in Rice (Raw 
Rice and Polished Rice).
     Draft Maximum Levels for Deoxynivalenol (DON) in Cereals 
and Cereal-based Products and Associated Sampling Plans.
     Proposed Draft Maximum Levels for Acetylated Derivatives 
in Cereals and Cereal-Based Products.
     Proposed Draft Maximum Levels for Fumonisins in Maize and 
Maize Products and Associated Sampling Plans.
     Proposed Draft Annex for the Prevention and Reduction of 
Aflatoxins and Ochratoxin A Contamination in Sorghum (Code of Practice 
for the Prevention and Reduction of Mycotoxin Contamination in 
Cereals).
     Proposed Draft Code of Practice for Weed Control to 
Prevent and Reduce Pyrrolizidine Alkaloid Contamination in Food and 
Feed.

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     Editorial Amendments to the General Standard for 
Contaminants and Toxins in Food and Feed.
     Discussion Paper on the Development of a Code of Practice 
for the Prevention and Reduction of Arsenic Contamination in Rice.
     Discussion Paper on the Possible Revision of the Code of 
Practice for Prevention and Reduction of Mycotoxin Contamination in 
Cereals.
     Discussion Paper on Aflatoxins in Cereals.
     Discussion Paper on the Review of the Guideline Levels for 
Methylmercury in Fish and Predatory Fish.
     Discussion Paper on the Establishment of a Maximum Level 
for Total Aflatoxins in Ready-to-Eat Peanuts and Associated Sampling 
Plan.
     Discussion Paper on Halogenated Solvents.
     Priority List of Contaminants and Naturally Occurring 
Toxicants Proposed for Evaluation by JEFCA.
    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 or request copies of these documents (see 
ADDRESSES).

Public Meeting

    At the February 27, 2014 public meeting, draft U.S. positions on 
the 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 Dr. Henry Kim for the 8th 
Session of the CCCF (see ADDRESSES). Written comments should state that 
they relate to activities of the 8th Session of the CCCF.

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 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/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 
accounts.

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.

     Done at Washington, DC, on February 12, 2014.
Mary Frances Lowe,
U.S. Manager for Codex Alimentarius.
[FR Doc. 2014-03715 Filed 2-19-14; 8:45 am]
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