Codex Alimentarius Commission: Meeting of the Codex Alimentarius Commission, 24053-24054 [2016-09516]

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Comments are invited on: (1) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information will have practical utility; (2) the accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; (3) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (4) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, including the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology. Comments may be sent to Lawrence Shorty, Program Director, USDA 1994 Program, Office of Advocacy and Outreach, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Mail Stop 0601, Washington, DC 20250. All comments received will be available for public inspection during regular business hours at the same address. All responses to this notice will be summarized and included in the request for OMB approval. All comments will become a matter of public record. Carolyn C. Parker, Office of Advocacy and Outreach, U.S. Department of Agriculture. [FR Doc. 2016–09562 Filed 4–22–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE P VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:02 Apr 22, 2016 Jkt 238001 DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Food Safety and Inspection Service [Docket No. FSIS–2016–0013] Codex Alimentarius Commission: Meeting of the Codex Alimentarius Commission Office of the Deputy Under Secretary for Food Safety, USDA. ACTION: Notice of public meeting and request for comments. AGENCY: The Office of the Deputy Under Secretary for Food Safety, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), is sponsoring a public meeting on June 10, 2016. The objective of the public meeting is to provide information and receive public comments on agenda items and draft United States (U.S.) positions to be discussed at the 39th Session of the Codex Alimentarius Commission (CAC) taking place in Rome, Italy, June 27–July 1, 2016. The Deputy Under Secretary for Food Safety recognizes the importance of providing interested parties the opportunity to obtain background information on the 39th Session of the CAC and to address items on the agenda. DATES: The public meeting is scheduled for Friday, June 10, 2016, from 1:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. ADDRESSES: The public meeting will take place at the Jamie L. Whitten Building, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Room 107–A, Washington, DC 20250. Documents related to the 39th Session of the CAC will be accessible via the Internet at the following address: http:// www.codexalimentarius.org/meetingsreports/en/. The U.S. Delegate to the 39th Session of the CAC invites U.S. interested parties to submit their comments electronically to the following email address: Barbara.McNiff@fsis.usda.gov. Call-in-Number: If you wish to participate in the public meeting for the 39th Session of the CAC by conference call, please use the call-in-number and the participant code listed below: Call-in-Number: 1–888–844–9904. The participant code will be posted on the Web page below: http:// www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsis/ topics/international-affairs/us-codexalimentarius/public-meetings. Registration: Attendees may register to attend the public meeting by emailing barbara.mcniff@fsis.usda.gov by June 3, 2016. Early registration is encouraged as it will expedite entry into the building. Attendees should bring photo SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00002 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 24053 identification and plan for adequate time to pass through security screening systems. Attendees that are not able to attend the meeting in person, but wish to participate may do so by phone. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION ABOUT THE 39TH SESSION OF THE CAC CONTACT: Barbara McNiff, U.S. Codex Office, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Room 4861, Washington, DC 20250, Telephone: (202) 690–4719, Fax: (202)720–3157, Email: Barbara.Mcniff@fsis.usda.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION ABOUT THE PUBLIC MEETING CONTACT: Jasmine Curtis, U.S. Codex Office, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Room 4865, Washington, DC 20250, Telephone: (202) 205–7760, Fax: (202) 720–3157, Email: Jasmine.Curtis@fsis.usda.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background The CAC 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, the CAC seeks to protect the health of consumers and ensure fair practices in the food trade; promotes coordination of all food standards work undertaken by international governmental and non-governmental organizations; determines priorities and initiates and guides the preparation of draft standards through and with the aid of appropriate organizations; finalizes standards elaborated and publishes them in a Codex Alimentarius (food code) either as regional or worldwide standards, together with international standards already finalized by other bodies, wherever this is practicable; and amends published standards, as appropriate, in the light of new developments. Issues To Be Discussed at the Public Meeting The following items on the Agenda for the 39th Session of the CAC will be discussed during the public meeting: • Report by the Chairperson on the 71st Session of the Executive Committee • Final adoption of Codex text at Steps 8, 5/ 8 and 5A • Adoption of Codex texts at Step 5 • Revocation of Codex texts • Proposals for New Work • Discontinuation of Work • Amendments to Codex Standards and Related Texts • Codex Work Management and Functioning of the Executive Committee E:\FR\FM\25APN1.SGM 25APN1 24054 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 79 / Monday, April 25, 2016 / Notices • Relations between FAO and WHO policies, strategies and guidelines and Codex work • Codex work on antimicrobial resistance • Matters referred to the Commission by Codex Committees and Task Forces • Codex Budget planning (2016–17) and report on expenditures (2014–15) • FAO/WHO Scientific Support to Codex (report on activities) • FAO/WHO Scientific Support to Codex (budget and expenditure) • FAO/WHO Scientific Support to Codex (increasing sustainability) • FAO and WHO Capacity Development Activities (report on activities) • FAO/WHO Project and Trust Fund for Enhanced Participation in Codex (final report of the preceding project ended in 2015) • FAO/WHO Project and Trust Fund for enhances Participation in Codex (status report of the successor initiative started in January 2016) • Relations between the Codex Alimentarius Commission and other International Organizations • Elections of the Chairperson and ViceChairpersons • Designation of Countries responsible for appointing the Chairpersons of Codex Committees • Food integrity/authenticity • Visa issue for attendance at Codex meetings • 2018 • Other Business to our constituents and stakeholders. The Update is available on the FSIS Web page. Through 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 automatic and customized access to selected food safety news and information. This service is available at: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/subscribe. Options range from recalls to export information, regulations, directives, and notices. Customers can add or delete subscriptions themselves, and have the option to password protect their accounts. Each issue listed will be fully described in documents distributed, or to be distributed, by the Secretariat before the Meeting. Members of the public may access or request copies of these documents (see ADDRESSES). How To File a Complaint of Discrimination asabaliauskas on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Public Meeting At the June 10, 2016, 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 39th Session of the CAC (see ADDRESSES). Written comments should state that they relate to activities of the 39th Session of the CAC. Additional Public Notification Public awareness of all segments of rulemaking and policy development is important. Consequently, FSIS will announce this Federal Register publication on-line through the FSIS Web page located at: http:// www.fsis.usda.gov/federal-register. FSIS also will make copies of this 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 VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:02 Apr 22, 2016 Jkt 238001 USDA Non-Discrimination Statement No agency, officer, or employee of the USDA shall, on the grounds of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, family/ parental status, income derived from a public assistance program, or political beliefs, exclude from participation in, deny the benefits of, or subject to discrimination any person in the United States under any program or activity conducted by the USDA. To file a complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, which may be accessed online at http:// www.ocio.usda.gov/sites/default/files/ docs/2012/ Complain_combined_6_8_12.pdf, or write a letter signed by you or your authorized representative. Send your completed complaint form or letter to USDA by mail, fax, or email: Mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20250 –9410. Fax: (202) 690–7442. Email: program.intake@usda.gov. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.), should contact USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720–2600 (voice and TDD). Done at Washington, DC on April 20, 2016. Mary Frances Lowe, U.S. Manager for Codex Alimentarius. [FR Doc. 2016–09516 Filed 4–22–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–DM–P PO 00000 Frm 00003 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Food and Nutrition Service Agency Information Collection Activities—Identifying Program Components and Practices That Influence Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Application Processing Timeliness Rates Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), USDA. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice invites the general public and other public agencies to comment on this proposed new information collection. SUMMARY: Written comments must be received on or before June 24, 2016. ADDRESSES: Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information shall have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions that were used; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology. Comments may be sent to: Rosemarie Downer, Food and Nutrition Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, 3101 Park Center Drive, Room 1014, Alexandria, VA 22302. Comments may also be submitted via fax to the attention of Rosemarie Downer at 703–305–2576 or via email to rosemarie.downer@ fns.usda.gov. Comments will also be accepted through the Federal eRulemaking Portal. Go to http:// www.regulations.gov, and follow the online instructions for submitting comments electronically. Comments will also be accepted through the Federal eRulemaking Portal. Go to http://www.regulations.gov, and follow the online instructions for submitting comments electronically. All written comments will be open for public inspection at the office of the Food and Nutrition Service during regular business hours (8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday) at 3101 DATES: E:\FR\FM\25APN1.SGM 25APN1

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[Federal Register Volume 81, Number 79 (Monday, April 25, 2016)]
[Notices]
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[FR Doc No: 2016-09516]


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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Food Safety and Inspection Service

[Docket No. FSIS-2016-0013]


Codex Alimentarius Commission: Meeting of the Codex Alimentarius 
Commission

AGENCY: Office of the Deputy Under Secretary for Food Safety, USDA.

ACTION: Notice of public meeting and request for comments.

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SUMMARY: The Office of the Deputy Under Secretary for Food Safety, U.S. 
Department of Agriculture (USDA), is sponsoring a public meeting on 
June 10, 2016. The objective of the public meeting is to provide 
information and receive public comments on agenda items and draft 
United States (U.S.) positions to be discussed at the 39th Session of 
the Codex Alimentarius Commission (CAC) taking place in Rome, Italy, 
June 27-July 1, 2016. The Deputy Under Secretary for Food Safety 
recognizes the importance of providing interested parties the 
opportunity to obtain background information on the 39th Session of the 
CAC and to address items on the agenda.

DATES: The public meeting is scheduled for Friday, June 10, 2016, from 
1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.

ADDRESSES: The public meeting will take place at the Jamie L. Whitten 
Building, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), 1400 
Independence Avenue SW., Room 107-A, Washington, DC 20250. Documents 
related to the 39th Session of the CAC will be accessible via the 
Internet at the following address: http://www.codexalimentarius.org/meetings-reports/en/.
    The U.S. Delegate to the 39th Session of the CAC invites U.S. 
interested parties to submit their comments electronically to the 
following email address: Barbara.McNiff@fsis.usda.gov.
    Call-in-Number: If you wish to participate in the public meeting 
for the 39th Session of the CAC by conference call, please use the 
call-in-number and the participant code listed below:
    Call-in-Number: 1-888-844-9904.
    The participant code will be posted on the Web page below: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsis/topics/international-affairs/us-codex-alimentarius/public-meetings.
    Registration: Attendees may register to attend the public meeting 
by emailing barbara.mcniff@fsis.usda.gov by June 3, 2016. Early 
registration is encouraged as it will expedite entry into the building. 
Attendees should bring photo identification and plan for adequate time 
to pass through security screening systems. Attendees that are not able 
to attend the meeting in person, but wish to participate may do so by 
phone.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION ABOUT THE 39th Session of the CAC CONTACT: 
Barbara McNiff, U.S. Codex Office, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Room 
4861, Washington, DC 20250, Telephone: (202) 690-4719, Fax: (202)720-
3157, Email: Barbara.Mcniff@fsis.usda.gov.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION ABOUT THE PUBLIC MEETING CONTACT: Jasmine 
Curtis, U.S. Codex Office, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Room 4865, 
Washington, DC 20250, Telephone: (202) 205-7760, Fax: (202) 720-3157, 
Email: Jasmine.Curtis@fsis.usda.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background

    The CAC 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, the 
CAC seeks to protect the health of consumers and ensure fair practices 
in the food trade; promotes coordination of all food standards work 
undertaken by international governmental and non-governmental 
organizations; determines priorities and initiates and guides the 
preparation of draft standards through and with the aid of appropriate 
organizations; finalizes standards elaborated and publishes them in a 
Codex Alimentarius (food code) either as regional or worldwide 
standards, together with international standards already finalized by 
other bodies, wherever this is practicable; and amends published 
standards, as appropriate, in the light of new developments.

Issues To Be Discussed at the Public Meeting

    The following items on the Agenda for the 39th Session of the CAC 
will be discussed during the public meeting:

 Report by the Chairperson on the 71st Session of the 
Executive Committee
 Final adoption of Codex text at Steps 8, 5/8 and 5A
 Adoption of Codex texts at Step 5
 Revocation of Codex texts
 Proposals for New Work
 Discontinuation of Work
 Amendments to Codex Standards and Related Texts
 Codex Work Management and Functioning of the Executive 
Committee

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 Relations between FAO and WHO policies, strategies and 
guidelines and Codex work
 Codex work on antimicrobial resistance
 Matters referred to the Commission by Codex Committees and 
Task Forces
 Codex Budget planning (2016-17) and report on expenditures 
(2014-15)
 FAO/WHO Scientific Support to Codex (report on activities)
 FAO/WHO Scientific Support to Codex (budget and 
expenditure)
 FAO/WHO Scientific Support to Codex (increasing 
sustainability)
 FAO and WHO Capacity Development Activities (report on 
activities)
 FAO/WHO Project and Trust Fund for Enhanced Participation 
in Codex (final report of the preceding project ended in 2015)
 FAO/WHO Project and Trust Fund for enhances Participation 
in Codex (status report of the successor initiative started in 
January 2016)
 Relations between the Codex Alimentarius Commission and 
other International Organizations
 Elections of the Chairperson and Vice-Chairpersons
 Designation of Countries responsible for appointing the 
Chairpersons of Codex Committees
 Food integrity/authenticity
 Visa issue for attendance at Codex meetings
 2018
 Other Business

    Each issue listed will be fully described in documents distributed, 
or to be distributed, by the Secretariat before the Meeting. Members of 
the public may access or request copies of these documents (see 
ADDRESSES).

Public Meeting

    At the June 10, 2016, 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 39th 
Session of the CAC (see ADDRESSES). Written comments should state that 
they relate to activities of the 39th Session of the CAC.

Additional Public Notification

    Public awareness of all segments of rulemaking and policy 
development is important. Consequently, FSIS will announce this Federal 
Register publication on-line through the FSIS Web page located at: 
http://www.fsis.usda.gov/federal-register.
    FSIS also will make copies of this 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 our constituents and 
stakeholders. The Update is available on the FSIS Web page. Through 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 automatic and customized access to selected food 
safety news and information. This service is available at: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/subscribe. Options range from recalls to export 
information, regulations, directives, and notices. Customers can add or 
delete subscriptions themselves, and have the option to password 
protect their accounts.

USDA Non-Discrimination Statement

    No agency, officer, or employee of the USDA shall, on the grounds 
of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual 
orientation, disability, age, marital status, family/parental status, 
income derived from a public assistance program, or political beliefs, 
exclude from participation in, deny the benefits of, or subject to 
discrimination any person in the United States under any program or 
activity conducted by the USDA.

How To File a Complaint of Discrimination

    To file a complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program 
Discrimination Complaint Form, which may be accessed online at http://www.ocio.usda.gov/sites/default/files/docs/2012/Complain_combined_6_8_12.pdf, or write a letter signed by you or your 
authorized representative.
    Send your completed complaint form or letter to USDA by mail, fax, 
or email:
    Mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of 
Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20250 -9410.
    Fax: (202) 690-7442.
    Email: program.intake@usda.gov.
    Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for 
communication (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.), should contact 
USDA's TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TDD).

    Done at Washington, DC on April 20, 2016.
Mary Frances Lowe,
U.S. Manager for Codex Alimentarius.
[FR Doc. 2016-09516 Filed 4-22-16; 8:45 am]
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