Codex Alimentarius Commission: Meeting of the Codex Committee on Contaminants in Food, 11337-11338 [2017-03391]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 34 / Wednesday, February 22, 2017 / Notices implementing food package and other cost containment measures. This study will gather information on the costcontainment practices. Need and Use of the Information: The purpose of this study is to gather information on the major types of cost containment practices used by the 90 WIC SAs, assess the effectiveness of various practices, and identify those practices that effectively constrain the cost of WIC foods with few or no adverse effects on program outcomes. To fulfill this purpose, primary and administrative data will be collected from WIC SA directors, WIC SA staff, WIC participants, and former WIC participants. FNS will use the findings from this study to share with WIC SAs food item cost containment practices that are effective at reducing WIC food costs, as recommended by the OIG. Description of Respondents: Individuals or households, and State, Local, or Tribal Government. Number of Respondents: 6,565. Frequency of Responses: Reporting: On occasion. Total Burden Hours: 2,356. Ruth Brown, Departmental Information Collection Clearance Officer. [FR Doc. 2017–03382 Filed 2–21–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–30–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Food Safety and Inspection Service [Docket No. FSIS–2017–0004] Codex Alimentarius Commission: Meeting of the Codex Committee on Contaminants in Food Office of Food Safety, USDA. Notice of public meeting and request for comments. AGENCY: ACTION: The Office of 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 March 2, 2017. 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 11th Session of the Codex Committee on Contaminants in Food (CCCF) of the Codex Alimentarius Commission (Codex), taking place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil April 3–7, 2017. The Office of Food Safety and the FDA recognize the importance of providing interested parties the opportunity to obtain background information on the sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:05 Feb 21, 2017 Jkt 241001 11th Session of the CCCF and to address items on the agenda. DATES: The public meeting is scheduled for Thursday, March 2, 2017, from 1:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. ADDRESSES: The public meeting will take place at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Harvey W. Wiley Federal Building, Room 1A–001, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, 5001 Campus Drive, College Park, MD 20740. Documents related to the 11th Session of the CCCF will be accessible via the Internet at the following address: http:// www.codexalimentarius.org/meetingsreports/en/. Dr. Lauren Posnick Robin, U.S. Delegate to the 11th Session of the CCCF, invites interested U.S. parties to submit their comments electronically to the following email address: henry.kim@ fda.hhs.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Registration: Attendees may register electronically at the same email address provided above by February 24, 2017. The meeting will be held in a Federal building. Early registration is encouraged as it will expedite entry into the building and its parking area. Attendees should 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. Person who 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 11th Session of the CCCF by conference call, please use the call-in-number and the participant code below. Call-in-Number: 1–888–844–9904 Participant Code: 5126092FOR FURTHER INFORMATION ABOUT THE 11TH SESSION OF THE CCCF CONTACT: Henry Kim, Ph.D., Office of Food Safety, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, HFS–317, 5001 Campus Drive, College Park, MD 20740, Telephone: (240) 402–2023, Email: henry.kim@fda.hhs.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION ABOUT THE PUBLIC MEETING CONTACT: Henry Kim, Ph.D., Office of Food Safety, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, HFS– 317, 5001 Campus Drive, College Park, MD 20740, Telephone: (301) 436–2023, Email: henry.kim@fda.hhs.gov. Background The Codex was established in 1963 by two United Nations organizations, the PO 00000 Frm 00002 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 11337 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 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 11th 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 other international organizations; • Proposed draft annex on ergot and ergot alkaloids in cereal grains (Annex to the Code of Practice for the Prevention and Reduction of Mycotoxin Contamination in Cereals); • Proposed draft revision of maximum levels for lead in selected fruits and vegetables (fresh and processed) in the General Standard for Contaminants and Toxins in Food and Feed; • Proposed draft Code of Practice for the Prevention and Reduction of Arsenic Contamination in Rice; • Proposed draft maximum levels for cadmium in chocolate and cocoaderived products; • Proposed draft Code of Practice for the Prevention and Reduction of Mycotoxin Contamination in Spices; • Proposed draft maximum level for total aflatoxins in ready to eat peanuts; E:\FR\FM\22FEN1.SGM 22FEN1 11338 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 34 / Wednesday, February 22, 2017 / Notices • Discussion paper on maximum levels for methylmercury in tuna and other fish; • Discussion paper on development of maximum levels for mycotoxin contamination in spices; • Discussion paper on possible inclusion of non-dioxin like PCBs in the Code of Practice for the Prevention and Reduction of Dioxin and Dioxin-like PCB Contamination in Food and Feed; and • Priority list of contaminants and naturally occurring toxicants proposed for evaluation by JECFA. 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 March 2, 2017 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 emailed to Dr. Henry Kim (see ADDRESSES). Written comments should state that they relate to activities of the 11th Session of the CCCF. sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES 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. VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:05 Feb 21, 2017 Jkt 241001 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. 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: February 15, 2017. Paulo Almeida, Acting U.S. Manager for Codex Alimentarius. [FR Doc. 2017–03391 Filed 2–21–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–DM–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Foreign Agricultural Service Notice of Request for Approval of a New Information Collection Foreign Agricultural Service, USDA. ACTION: Notice and request for comments. AGENCY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice announces the intention of the Foreign Agricultural Service to request approval for a new information collection for the USDA’s Emerging Markets Program. DATES: Comments on this notice must be received by April 24, 2017. ADDRESSES: FAS invites interested persons to submit comments on this notice. Comments may be submitted by one of the following methods: SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00003 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 • Federal eRulemaking Portal: This Web site provides the ability to type short comments directly into the comment field or attach a file for lengthier comments. Go to http://www/ regulations.gov. Follow the on-line instructions at the site for submitting comments. • Mail, including CD–ROMs, etc.: Send to Curt Alt, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Foreign Agricultural Service, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Room 6512, Washington, DC 20250. • Hand or courier delivered submittals: Deliver to Curt Alt, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Foreign Agricultural Service, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Room 6512, Washington, DC 20250. Instructions: All items submitted by mail or electronic mail must include the agency name. Comments received in response to this docket will be made available for public inspection and posted without change, including any personal information, to http:// www.regulations.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Curt Alt, Director, Program Operations Division, Foreign Agricultural Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Room 6512, Washington, DC 20250–1034, telephone: (202) 690–4784, email: PODAdmin@FAS.usda.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Title: USDA Emerging Markets Program. OMB Number: 0551—New. Expiration Date of Approval: Three years from approval date. Type of Request: New information collection. Abstract: Under the USDA Emerging Markets Program, information will be gathered from applicants desiring to receive grants under the program to determine the viability of requests for resources to implement activities authorized under the program. Recipients of grants under the program must submit performance and financial reports as set forth in the Emerging Market Program regulations, located at 7 CFR part 1486. Submitted information is used to develop effective grant agreements and assure that statutory requirements and program objectives are met. Estimate of Burden: The public reporting burden for each respondent resulting from information collection under the USDA Emerging Markets Program varies in direct relation to the number and type of agreements entered into by such respondent. The estimated average reporting burden for the USDA Emerging Markets Program is 6.4 hours per response. E:\FR\FM\22FEN1.SGM 22FEN1

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[Federal Register Volume 82, Number 34 (Wednesday, February 22, 2017)]
[Notices]
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From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2017-03391]


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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Food Safety and Inspection Service

[Docket No. FSIS-2017-0004]


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

AGENCY: Office of Food Safety, USDA.

ACTION: Notice of public meeting and request for comments.

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SUMMARY: The Office of 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 March 2, 
2017. 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 11th Session of the Codex 
Committee on Contaminants in Food (CCCF) of the Codex Alimentarius 
Commission (Codex), taking place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil April 3-7, 
2017. The Office of Food Safety and the FDA recognize the importance of 
providing interested parties the opportunity to obtain background 
information on the 11th Session of the CCCF and to address items on the 
agenda.

DATES: The public meeting is scheduled for Thursday, March 2, 2017, 
from 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.

ADDRESSES: The public meeting will take place at the Food and Drug 
Administration (FDA), Harvey W. Wiley Federal Building, Room 1A-001, 
Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, 5001 Campus Drive, 
College Park, MD 20740.
    Documents related to the 11th Session of the CCCF will be 
accessible via the Internet at the following address: http://www.codexalimentarius.org/meetings-reports/en/.
    Dr. Lauren Posnick Robin, U.S. Delegate to the 11th Session of the 
CCCF, invites interested U.S. parties to submit their comments 
electronically to the following email address: henry.kim@fda.hhs.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 
    Registration: Attendees may register electronically at the same 
email address provided above by February 24, 2017. The meeting will be 
held in a Federal building. Early registration is encouraged as it will 
expedite entry into the building and its parking area. Attendees should 
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. Person who 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 11th Session of the CCCF by conference call, please use the 
call-in-number and the participant code below.
    Call-in-Number: 1-888-844-9904
    Participant Code: 5126092FOR FURTHER INFORMATION ABOUT THE 11TH 
SESSION OF THE CCCF CONTACT: Henry Kim, Ph.D., Office of Food Safety, 
Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, U.S. Food and Drug 
Administration, HFS-317, 5001 Campus Drive, College Park, MD 20740, 
Telephone: (240) 402-2023, Email: henry.kim@fda.hhs.gov.
    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION ABOUT THE PUBLIC MEETING CONTACT: Henry 
Kim, Ph.D., Office of Food Safety, Center for Food Safety and Applied 
Nutrition, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, HFS-317, 5001 Campus 
Drive, College Park, MD 20740, Telephone: (301) 436-2023, Email: 
henry.kim@fda.hhs.gov.

Background

    The 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 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 11th 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 other international 
organizations;
     Proposed draft annex on ergot and ergot alkaloids in 
cereal grains (Annex to the Code of Practice for the Prevention and 
Reduction of Mycotoxin Contamination in Cereals);
     Proposed draft revision of maximum levels for lead in 
selected fruits and vegetables (fresh and processed) in the General 
Standard for Contaminants and Toxins in Food and Feed;
     Proposed draft Code of Practice for the Prevention and 
Reduction of Arsenic Contamination in Rice;
     Proposed draft maximum levels for cadmium in chocolate and 
cocoa-derived products;
     Proposed draft Code of Practice for the Prevention and 
Reduction of Mycotoxin Contamination in Spices;
     Proposed draft maximum level for total aflatoxins in ready 
to eat peanuts;

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     Discussion paper on maximum levels for methylmercury in 
tuna and other fish;
     Discussion paper on development of maximum levels for 
mycotoxin contamination in spices;
     Discussion paper on possible inclusion of non-dioxin like 
PCBs in the Code of Practice for the Prevention and Reduction of Dioxin 
and Dioxin-like PCB Contamination in Food and Feed; and
     Priority list of contaminants and naturally occurring 
toxicants proposed for evaluation by JECFA.
    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 March 2, 2017 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 emailed to Dr. Henry Kim (see 
ADDRESSES). Written comments should state that they relate to 
activities of the 11th Session of the CCCF.

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.
    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: February 15, 2017.
Paulo Almeida,
Acting U.S. Manager for Codex Alimentarius.
[FR Doc. 2017-03391 Filed 2-21-17; 8:45 am]
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