Codex Alimentarius Commission: Meeting of the Codex Alimentarius Commission, 36829-36830 [2020-13165]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 118 / Thursday, June 18, 2020 / Notices Department of Agriculture (USDA) the responsibility of establishing and overseeing agricultural commodity research and promotion orders, which may include a combination of promotion, research, industry information, and consumer information activities funded by mandatory assessments. The program includes projects relating to research, information, advertising, sales promotion, market development and production research to assist, improve, or promote the marketing, distribution, competitive position and stimulate sales of Christmas trees. Need and Use of the Information: The Christmas tree program will be administered by the Christmas Tree Promotion Board appointed by the Secretary of Agriculture and financed by a mandatory assessment on producers and importers of fresh cut Christmas trees. The program will provide for an exemption for producers and importers that cut and sell or import fewer than 500 Christmas trees annually. The forms covered under this collection require the minimum information necessary to effectively carry out the requirements of the program, and their use is essential to carry out the intent of the Order. If the information collection herein were not collected, the Board could not carry out the coordinated research, promotion, consumer education, and industry information program on Christmas trees, ensure compliance with the mandatory program or ensure proper assessment collection. Collecting data less frequently also would limit the Secretary’s ability to oversee the Order. Description of Respondents: Producers and Importers. Number of Respondents: 7,500. Frequency of Responses: Reporting: Annually; Recordkeeping. Total Burden Hours: 6,106. Agricultural Marketing Service Title: Information Collection for the Domestic Hemp Production Program. OMB Control Number: 0581–0318. Summary of Collection: The Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018 (2018 Farm Bill) amended the Agricultural Marketing Agreement of 1946 and was signed into law December 20, 2018, as Public Law 115–334. Sec. 10113 of the 2018 Farm Bill amended the Agricultural Marketing Act of 1946 (7 U.S.C. 1621 et seq.) by adding Subtitle G—Hemp Production. The law required U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to promulgate regulations and guidelines to develop and oversee a program for the production of hemp in the United States. The 2018 Farm Bill VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:40 Jun 17, 2020 Jkt 250001 directs that this will include state and tribal plans, and a USDA plan for those States, including territories of Indian tribes, that choose not to submit their own plan. The proposed information collection and reporting requirements will facilitate the effective administration and oversight of the Domestic Hemp Production Program. Need and Use of the Information: This Program requires licensed producers and approved State and Tribal governments to maintain information on the land where hemp is produced, hemp testing results for delta9 tetrahydrocannabinol, and disposal of plants not meeting necessary requirements. Additionally, all licensed producers must report hemp crop acreage to the USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA). The information on all reports must be kept for a minimum of three years. This new information collection created seven new reporting forms and one already existing form. The information reported for data collected under State and Tribal plans incorporates the burden to producers licensed under State and Tribal plans associated with providing the required information. The State and Tribal Hemp Producer Report, State and Tribal Hemp Disposal Report and the State and Tribal Hemp Annual Report forms will require States and Tribes to provide USDA with contact information, a legal description of land, the disposal information for any non-compliant hemp and harvest information for each producer. Producers under the USDA program complete the USDA Hemp Plan Producer License Application, the USDA Hemp Plan Producer Disposal Form, and the USDA Hemp Plan Producer Annual Report. Every producer under a State, Tribal or the USDA program completes the Report of Acreage. Laboratory personnel complete the Laboratory Test Results Report. The Agricultural Marketing Service will use the information from these forms to ensure that each producer and approved State and Tribe is properly complying with the regulations. If the information collection herein was not collected, the Secretary could not adequately administrate the Domestic Hemp Production Program. Description of Respondents: Hemp producers, States and Tribal governments with approved hemp production plans; Laboratory personnel. Number of Respondents: 9,100. Frequency of Responses: Reporting: On occasion; Monthly; Annually. PO 00000 Frm 00002 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 36829 Total Burden Hours: 17,363. Ruth Brown, Departmental Information Collection Clearance Officer. [FR Doc. 2020–13181 Filed 6–17–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–02–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE U.S. Codex Office Codex Alimentarius Commission: Meeting of the Codex Alimentarius Commission U.S. Codex Office, USDA. Notice of public meeting and request for comments. AGENCY: ACTION: The U.S Codex Office is sponsoring a public meeting on June 25, 2020. The objective of the public meeting is to provide information and receive public comments on agenda items and draft United States (U.S.) positions for the 43rd Session of the of the Codex Alimentarius Commission (CAC). The CAC will not be meeting physically during its previously scheduled dates in July 2020 due to the COVID–19 pandemic, and it is currently preparing for the possibility of convening for a virtual Commission session. The U.S. Manager for Codex Alimentarius and the Under Secretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs recognize the importance of providing interested parties the opportunity to obtain background information on the 43rd Session of the CAC and to address items on the agenda. SUMMARY: The public meeting is scheduled for June 25, 2020, from 1:00–4:00 p.m. EDT. ADDRESSES: If you wish to participate in the public meeting for the 43rd Session of the CAC, the meeting will be conducted by conference call only to be consistent with public health guidance related to outbreaks of novel coronavirus (COVID–19). Documents related to the 43rd Session of the CAC will be accessible via the internet at the following address: http://www.fao.org/ fao-who-codexalimentarius/meetings/ detail/en/?meeting=CAC&session=43. Mary Frances Lowe, U.S. Delegate to the 43rd Session of the CAC, invites U.S. interested parties to submit their comments electronically to the following email address: uscodex@ usda.gov. Call-In-Number: If you wish to participate in the public meeting for the 43rd Session of the CAC by conference call, please use the call-in-number: 1– DATES: E:\FR\FM\18JNN1.SGM 18JNN1 36830 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 118 / Thursday, June 18, 2020 / Notices 888–844–9904 and participant code 5126092#. Registration: Participants should register to participate in the public meeting as described above by submitting their name and organizational affiliation to uscodex@ usda.gov. For further information about the 43rd Session of the CAC or the public meeting, please contact the U.S. Codex Office, 1400 Independence Avenue SW, Room 4861, South Agriculture Building, Washington, DC 20250, Telephone: (202) 205–7760, Fax: (202) 720–3157, Email: uscodex@usda.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background The Codex Alimentarius 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; promotes coordination of all food standards work undertaken by international governmental and nongovernmental organizations; determines priorities, initiates, and guides the preparation of draft standards; finalizes the standards elaborated and publishes them in a Codex Alimentarius (food code) either as regional or worldwide standards, wherever this is practicable; and amends published standards, as appropriate, in the light of new developments. Issues To Be Discussed at the Public Meeting Currently, there is no agenda available for the 43rd Session of the CAC. However, the Codex Secretariat has made available the following documents to be considered, including: • Amendments to the Procedural Manual • Final Adoption of Codex Texts • Adoption of Codex Texts at Step 5 • Revocation of Codex Texts • Proposals for New Work • Discontinuation of Work • Amendments to the Codex Standards and Related Texts These documents are currently available at: http://www.fao.org/faowho-codexalimentarius/meetings/ detail/en/?meeting=CAC&session=43. Each issue listed will be fully described in documents distributed, or to be distributed, by the Codex Secretariat before the CAC session. VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:40 Jun 17, 2020 Jkt 250001 Members of the public may access or request copies of these documents (see ADDRESSES). Done at Washington, DC, on June 12, 2020. Mary Lowe, U.S. Manager for Codex Alimentarius. Public Meeting At the June 25, 2020, public meeting, draft U.S. positions on the anticipated 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 43rd Session of the CAC (see ADDRESSES). Written comments should state that they relate to activities of the 43rd Session of the CAC. [FR Doc. 2020–13165 Filed 6–17–20; 8:45 am] Additional Public Notification Public awareness of all segments of rulemaking and policy development is important. Consequently, the U.S. Codex Office will announce this Federal Register publication on-line through the USDA web page located at: http:// www.usda.gov/codex/, a link that also offers an email subscription service providing access to information related to Codex. Customers can add or delete their subscription themselves and have the option to password protect their accounts. 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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). PO 00000 Frm 00003 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 BILLING CODE P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Food and Nutrition Service Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC): 2020/2021 Income Eligibility Guidelines; Correction Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), USDA. ACTION: Notice; correction. AGENCY: The Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service published a document in the Federal Register of May 26, 2020 concerning income eligibility guidelines for the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC). The document contains a mislabeled column in one of the tables. 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[Federal Register Volume 85, Number 118 (Thursday, June 18, 2020)]
[Notices]
[Pages 36829-36830]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2020-13165]


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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

U.S. Codex Office


Codex Alimentarius Commission: Meeting of the Codex Alimentarius 
Commission

AGENCY: U.S. Codex Office, USDA.

ACTION: Notice of public meeting and request for comments.

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SUMMARY: The U.S Codex Office is sponsoring a public meeting on June 
25, 2020. The objective of the public meeting is to provide information 
and receive public comments on agenda items and draft United States 
(U.S.) positions for the 43rd Session of the of the Codex Alimentarius 
Commission (CAC). The CAC will not be meeting physically during its 
previously scheduled dates in July 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, 
and it is currently preparing for the possibility of convening for a 
virtual Commission session. The U.S. Manager for Codex Alimentarius and 
the Under Secretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs 
recognize the importance of providing interested parties the 
opportunity to obtain background information on the 43rd Session of the 
CAC and to address items on the agenda.

DATES: The public meeting is scheduled for June 25, 2020, from 1:00-
4:00 p.m. EDT.

ADDRESSES: If you wish to participate in the public meeting for the 
43rd Session of the CAC, the meeting will be conducted by conference 
call only to be consistent with public health guidance related to 
outbreaks of novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Documents related to the 
43rd Session of the CAC will be accessible via the internet at the 
following address: http://www.fao.org/fao-who-codexalimentarius/meetings/detail/en/?meeting=CAC&session=43.
    Mary Frances Lowe, U.S. Delegate to the 43rd Session of the CAC, 
invites U.S. interested parties to submit their comments electronically 
to the following email address: [email protected].
    Call-In-Number: If you wish to participate in the public meeting 
for the 43rd Session of the CAC by conference call, please use the 
call-in-number: 1-

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888-844-9904 and participant code 5126092#.
    Registration: Participants should register to participate in the 
public meeting as described above by submitting their name and 
organizational affiliation to [email protected].
    For further information about the 43rd Session of the CAC or the 
public meeting, please contact the U.S. Codex Office, 1400 Independence 
Avenue SW, Room 4861, South Agriculture Building, Washington, DC 20250, 
Telephone: (202) 205-7760, Fax: (202) 720-3157, Email: 
[email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background

    The Codex Alimentarius 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; promotes coordination of all food standards work undertaken 
by international governmental and nongovernmental organizations; 
determines priorities, initiates, and guides the preparation of draft 
standards; finalizes the standards elaborated and publishes them in a 
Codex Alimentarius (food code) either as regional or worldwide 
standards, wherever this is practicable; and amends published 
standards, as appropriate, in the light of new developments.

Issues To Be Discussed at the Public Meeting

    Currently, there is no agenda available for the 43rd Session of the 
CAC. However, the Codex Secretariat has made available the following 
documents to be considered, including:
     Amendments to the Procedural Manual
     Final Adoption of Codex Texts
     Adoption of Codex Texts at Step 5
     Revocation of Codex Texts
     Proposals for New Work
     Discontinuation of Work
     Amendments to the Codex Standards and Related Texts
    These documents are currently available at: http://www.fao.org/fao-who-codexalimentarius/meetings/detail/en/?meeting=CAC&session=43.
    Each issue listed will be fully described in documents distributed, 
or to be distributed, by the Codex Secretariat before the CAC session. 
Members of the public may access or request copies of these documents 
(see ADDRESSES).

Public Meeting

    At the June 25, 2020, public meeting, draft U.S. positions on the 
anticipated 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 43rd Session of the CAC (see ADDRESSES). Written comments should 
state that they relate to activities of the 43rd Session of the CAC.

Additional Public Notification

    Public awareness of all segments of rulemaking and policy 
development is important. Consequently, the U.S. Codex Office will 
announce this Federal Register publication on-line through the USDA web 
page located at: http://www.usda.gov/codex/, a link that also offers an 
email subscription service providing access to information related to 
Codex. Customers can add or delete their subscription 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 June 12, 2020.
Mary Lowe,
U.S. Manager for Codex Alimentarius.
[FR Doc. 2020-13165 Filed 6-17-20; 8:45 am]
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