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Food Labeling, Fruits and Vegetables to be Focus of USDA Meetings

Monday, August 28, 2017
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Labeling. The Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service will hold a public meeting Sept. 13 in College Park, Md., to provide information and receive public comments on agenda items and draft U.S. positions to be discussed at the 44th session of the Codex Committee on Food Labeling, which will take place Oct. 16-20. Those interested may participate in this meeting in person or via phone but should register by Sept. 7.

The CCFL is responsible for drafting provisions on labeling applicable to all foods; studying problems associated with the advertisement of food, with particular reference to claims and misleading descriptions; and other tasks. Items to be discussed at the upcoming meeting include use of the terms “flavor” and “flavoring” in labeling, date marking, labeling of non-retail containers, and front-of-pack labeling.

Fruits and Vegetables. FSIS will hold a public meeting Sept. 1 in Washington, D.C., to provide information and receive public comments on agenda items and draft U.S. positions to be discussed at the 20th session of the Codex Committee on Fresh Fruits and Vegetables, which will take place Oct. 2-6. Those interested may participate in this meeting in person or via phone but should register by Aug. 29.

The CCFFV is responsible for elaborating worldwide standards and codes of practice for fresh fruits and vegetables and for consulting with other international organizations in the standards development process. Topics to be discussed at the upcoming meeting include draft standards for aubergines, garlic, kiwifruit, ware potatoes, and fresh dates.

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