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Food Contaminants and Additives, Drug Residues to be Focus of USDA Meetings

Wednesday, January 14, 2015
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The Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service has announced the following meetings to provide information and receive public comments on agenda items and draft U.S. positions that will be discussed at the Codex Alimentarius committees noted.

Food Contaminants. A Feb. 23 meeting will be held in preparation for the 9th session of the Codex Committee on Contaminants in Food taking place in New Delhi, India, March 16-20. Among the items on the agenda for the CCCF session that will be discussed during the public meeting are the following: maximum levels for lead in fruit juices and nectars (ready to drink), canned fruits and canned vegetables; maximum levels for lead in selected fruits and vegetables; proposed draft Code of Practice for the Prevention and Reduction of Arsenic Contamination in Rice; proposed draft revision of the Code of Practice for the Prevention and Reduction of Mycotoxin Contamination in Cereals; proposed draft maximum level for total aflatoxins in ready-to-eat peanuts; proposed draft maximum levels for cadmium in chocolate and cocoa-derived products; and discussion papers on mycotoxin contamination in spices and the feasibility of developing a code of practice for mycotoxins in spices.

Food Additives. A Feb. 17 meeting will be held in preparation for the 47th session of the Codex Committee on Food Additives taking place in Xi’an, China, March 23-27. Among the items on the agenda for the 47th session that will be discussed during the public meeting are the following: endorsement or revision of maximum levels for food additives and processing aids in Codex standards; proposals for new or revised food additive provisions; and discussion paper on secondary additives.

Residues of Veterinary Drugs in Food. A March 19 meeting will be held in preparation for the 22nd session of the Codex Committee on Residues of Veterinary Drugs in Foods taking place in San Jose, Costa Rica, April 27–May 1. Among the items on the agenda for the 22nd session that will be discussed during the public meeting are the following: report of World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) activities, including the harmonization of technical requirements for registration of veterinary medicinal products; draft provisions on the establishment of maximum residue limits for honey; and database on country needs for MRLs.

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