Codex Alimentarius Commission: Meeting of the Codex Committee on Food Additives, 59576-59577 [2017-27096]

Download as PDF 59576 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 240 / Friday, December 15, 2017 / Notices Notice of public meeting and request for comments. ACTION: DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Agricultural Research Service Agricultural Research Service, USDA. ACTION: Notice of intent. AGENCY: Notice is hereby given that the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service, intends to grant to Oregon State University of Corvallis, Oregon, an exclusive license to the variety of blackberry described in U.S. Plant Patent Application Serial No. 15/731,503, ‘‘BLACKBERRY PLANT NAMED ‘ECLIPSE’,’’ filed on June 20, 2017. SUMMARY: Comments must be received on or before January 16, 2018. ADDRESSES: Send comments to: USDA, ARS, Office of Technology Transfer, 5601 Sunnyside Avenue, Rm. 4–1174, Beltsville, Maryland 20705–5131. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Brian T. Nakanishi of the Office of Technology Transfer at the Beltsville address given above; telephone: 301– 504–5989. 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[FR Doc. 2017–27054 Filed 12–14–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–03–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES Food Safety and Inspection Service [Docket No. FSIS–2017–0046] Codex Alimentarius Commission: Meeting of the Codex Committee on Food Additives Office of the Deputy Under Secretary for Food Safety, USDA. AGENCY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 23:42 Dec 14, 2017 Jkt 244001 The Office of the Deputy 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 13, 2018. 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 50th Session of the Codex Committee on Food Additives (CCFA) of the Codex Alimentarius Commission (Codex), taking place in Xiamen, Fujian, Province China, March 26–30, 2018. The Deputy Under Secretary for Food Safety and the FDA recognize the importance of providing interested parties with the opportunity to obtain background information on the 50th Session of the CCFA and to address items on the agenda. DATES: The public meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, February 13, 2018, from 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. ADDRESSES: The public meeting will take place at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Harvey Wiley Federal Building, 5001 Campus Drive, Rooms 1A–001 and 1A–002, College Park, MD 20740. Documents related to the 50th Session of the CCFA will be accessible via the internet at the following address: http:// www.codexalimentarius.org/meetingsreports/en/. Paul Honigfort, U.S. Delegate to the 50th Session of the CCFA and the FDA invite U.S. interested parties to submit their comments electronically to the following email address: ccfa@ fda.hhs.gov. Registration: Attendees may register to attend the public meeting by emailing ccfa@fda.hhs.gov by February 9, 2018. Early registration is encouraged as it will expedite entry into the building and parking area. If you require parking, please include the vehicle make and tag number when you register. The meeting will be held in a Federal building. Attendees should bring photo identification and plan for adequate time to pass through the security screening systems. Attendees who are not able to attend the meeting in person, but wish to participate, may do so by phone. Attendees who plan to participate by phone should request the call-in number and participant code when they register for the meeting. For Further Information About the 50th Session of the CCFA Contact: Paul Honigfort, Ph.D., Consumer Safety Officer, Division of Food Contact SUMMARY: Notice of Intent To Grant Exclusive License PO 00000 Frm 00002 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Notifications, Office of Food Additive Safety, FDA, 5001 Campus Drive, College Park, MD 20740, Telephone: (240) 402–1206, Fax: (301) 436–2965, Email: Paul.Honigfort@fda.hhs.gov. For Further Information About the Public Meeting Contact: Daniel E. Folmer, Ph.D., Review Chemist, Division of Petition Review, Office of Food Additive Safety, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, FDA, HFS–265, 5001 Campus Drive, College Park, MD 20740, Telephone: (240) 402– 1269, Fax: (301) 436–2972, Email: daniel.folmer@fda.hhs.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 their adoption and implementation by governments, Codex seeks to protect the health of consumers and ensure that fair practices are used in trade. The CCFA establishes or endorses permitted maximum levels for individual food additives; prepares priority lists of food additives for risk assessment by the Joint FAO/WHO Expert Committee on Food Additives (JECFA); assigns functional classes and International Numbering System (INS) numbers to individual food additives; recommends specifications of identity and purity for food additives for adoption by Codex; considers methods of analysis for the determination of additives in food; and considers and elaborates standards or codes for related subjects, such as labeling of food additives when sold as such. The CCFA is hosted by China. Issues To Be Discussed at the Public Meeting The following items on the agenda for the 50th Session of the CCFA will be discussed during the public meeting: • Matters referred by the Codex and other subsidiary bodies; • Matters of Interest arising from FAO/WHO and from the 84th Meeting of the Joint FAO/WHO Expert Committee on Food Additives (JECFA) • Proposed draft specifications for identity and purity of food additives arising from the 84th JECFA meeting • Endorsement and/or revision of maximum levels for food additives and processing aids in Codex Standards • Alignment of the food additive provisions of commodity standards/ Report of the EWG on Alignment; E:\FR\FM\15DEN1.SGM 15DEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 240 / Friday, December 15, 2017 / Notices • General Standard for Food Additives (GSFA): Report of the EWG on the GSFA; • General Standard for Food Additives (GSFA): Proposals for new and/or revision of food additive provisions • Discussion paper on the use of nitrates and nitrites • Discussion paper on the use of the terms ‘‘unprocessed’’ and ‘‘plain’’ in the GSFA • Proposed draft revision to the International Numbering System (INS) for Food Additives • Proposals for additions and changes to the Priority List of Substances Proposed for evaluation by JECFA • Discussion paper on ‘‘Future Strategies for CCFA’’ • Other Business and Future Work. Each issue listed will be fully described in documents distributed, or to be distributed, by the Codex Secretariat before the meeting. Members of the public may access these documents at http://www.fao.org/faowho-codexalimentarius/meetingsreports. sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES Public Meeting At the February 13, 2018 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 the U.S. Delegate for the 50th Session of the CCFA, Paul Honigfort, Ph.D. at the following address: ccfa@fda.hhs.gov. Written comments should state that they relate to activities of the 50th Session of the CCFA. 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 VerDate Sep<11>2014 23:42 Dec 14, 2017 Jkt 244001 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. 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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: December 12, 2017. Paulo Almeida, Acting U.S. Manager for Codex Alimentarius. [FR Doc. 2017–27096 Filed 12–14–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–DM–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Food Safety and Inspection Service [Docket No. FSIS–2017–0050] Notice of Request for Renewal of an Approved Information Collection (Marking, Labeling and Packaging) Food Safety and Inspection Service, USDA. ACTION: Notice and request for comments. AGENCY: PO 00000 Frm 00003 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 59577 In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) regulations, the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is announcing its intention to renew an approved information collection regarding the regulatory requirements for marking, labeling, and packaging of meat, poultry, and egg products and for establishments that produce mechanically separated poultry. This approval covers the labeling approval process whereby establishments are to submit their labels to FSIS for approval or maintain files related to generic labeling. This collection also covers the recordkeeping burden for packaging material letters of guarantee for safety. Lastly, this collection contains the recordkeeping burden imposed on establishments that produce mechanically separated poultry. There are no changes to the existing information collection. DATES: Submit comments on or before February 13, 2018. ADDRESSES: FSIS invites interested persons to submit comments on this information collection. Comments may be submitted by one of the following methods: • Federal eRulemaking Portal: This website provides the ability to type short comments directly into the comment field on this web page or attach a file for lengthier comments. Go to http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the on-line instructions at that site for submitting comments. • Mail, including CD–ROMs, etc.: Send to Docket Clerk, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service, Docket Clerk, Patriots Plaza 3, 1400 Independence Avenue SW, Mailstop 3782, Room 8– 163A, Washington, DC 20250–3700. • Hand- or courier-delivered submittals: Deliver to Patriots Plaza 3, 355 E Street SW, Room 8–163A, Washington, DC 20250–3700 Instructions: All items submitted by mail or electronic mail must include the Agency name and docket number FSIS– 2017–0050. 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. Docket: For access to background documents or comments received, go to the FSIS Docket Room at Patriots Plaza 3, 355 E Street SW, Room 8–164, Washington, DC 20250–3700 between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\15DEN1.SGM 15DEN1

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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Food Safety and Inspection Service

[Docket No. FSIS-2017-0046]


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

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), and the Food and Drug Administration 
(FDA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services are sponsoring a 
public meeting on February 13, 2018. 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 
50th Session of the Codex Committee on Food Additives (CCFA) of the 
Codex Alimentarius Commission (Codex), taking place in Xiamen, Fujian, 
Province China, March 26-30, 2018. The Deputy Under Secretary for Food 
Safety and the FDA recognize the importance of providing interested 
parties with the opportunity to obtain background information on the 
50th Session of the CCFA and to address items on the agenda.

DATES: The public meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, February 13, 2018, 
from 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

ADDRESSES: The public meeting will take place at the Food and Drug 
Administration (FDA), Harvey Wiley Federal Building, 5001 Campus Drive, 
Rooms 1A-001 and 1A-002, College Park, MD 20740.
    Documents related to the 50th Session of the CCFA will be 
accessible via the internet at the following address: http://www.codexalimentarius.org/meetings-reports/en/.
    Paul Honigfort, U.S. Delegate to the 50th Session of the CCFA and 
the FDA invite U.S. interested parties to submit their comments 
electronically to the following email address: [email protected].
    Registration: Attendees may register to attend the public meeting 
by emailing [email protected] by February 9, 2018. Early registration is 
encouraged as it will expedite entry into the building and parking 
area. If you require parking, please include the vehicle make and tag 
number when you register. The meeting will be held in a Federal 
building. Attendees should bring photo identification and plan for 
adequate time to pass through the security screening systems. Attendees 
who are not able to attend the meeting in person, but wish to 
participate, may do so by phone. Attendees who plan to participate by 
phone should request the call-in number and participant code when they 
register for the meeting.

 For Further Information About the 50th Session of the CCFA Contact:
    Paul Honigfort, Ph.D., Consumer Safety Officer, Division of Food 
Contact Notifications, Office of Food Additive Safety, FDA, 5001 Campus 
Drive, College Park, MD 20740, Telephone: (240) 402-1206, Fax: (301) 
436-2965, Email: [email protected].

For Further Information About the Public Meeting Contact: Daniel E. 
Folmer, Ph.D., Review Chemist, Division of Petition Review, Office of 
Food Additive Safety, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, 
FDA, HFS-265, 5001 Campus Drive, College Park, MD 20740, Telephone: 
(240) 402-1269, Fax: (301) 436-2972, Email: [email protected].

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 their adoption and implementation by governments, Codex seeks 
to protect the health of consumers and ensure that fair practices are 
used in trade.
    The CCFA establishes or endorses permitted maximum levels for 
individual food additives; prepares priority lists of food additives 
for risk assessment by the Joint FAO/WHO Expert Committee on Food 
Additives (JECFA); assigns functional classes and International 
Numbering System (INS) numbers to individual food additives; recommends 
specifications of identity and purity for food additives for adoption 
by Codex; considers methods of analysis for the determination of 
additives in food; and considers and elaborates standards or codes for 
related subjects, such as labeling of food additives when sold as such. 
The CCFA is hosted by China.

Issues To Be Discussed at the Public Meeting

    The following items on the agenda for the 50th Session of the CCFA 
will be discussed during the public meeting:
     Matters referred by the Codex and other subsidiary bodies;
     Matters of Interest arising from FAO/WHO and from the 84th 
Meeting of the Joint FAO/WHO Expert Committee on Food Additives (JECFA)
     Proposed draft specifications for identity and purity of 
food additives arising from the 84th JECFA meeting
     Endorsement and/or revision of maximum levels for food 
additives and processing aids in Codex Standards
     Alignment of the food additive provisions of commodity 
standards/Report of the EWG on Alignment;

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     General Standard for Food Additives (GSFA): Report of the 
EWG on the GSFA;
     General Standard for Food Additives (GSFA): Proposals for 
new and/or revision of food additive provisions
     Discussion paper on the use of nitrates and nitrites
     Discussion paper on the use of the terms ``unprocessed'' 
and ``plain'' in the GSFA
     Proposed draft revision to the International Numbering 
System (INS) for Food Additives
     Proposals for additions and changes to the Priority List 
of Substances Proposed for evaluation by JECFA
     Discussion paper on ``Future Strategies for CCFA''
     Other Business and Future Work.
    Each issue listed will be fully described in documents distributed, 
or to be distributed, by the Codex Secretariat before the meeting. 
Members of the public may access these documents at http://www.fao.org/fao-who-codexalimentarius/meetings-reports.

Public Meeting

    At the February 13, 2018 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 the U.S. Delegate for the 50th 
Session of the CCFA, Paul Honigfort, Ph.D. at the following address: 
[email protected]. Written comments should state that they relate to 
activities of the 50th Session of the CCFA.

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: [email protected].
    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: December 12, 2017.
Paulo Almeida,
Acting U.S. Manager for Codex Alimentarius.
[FR Doc. 2017-27096 Filed 12-14-17; 8:45 am]
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