The Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service is hosting a public meeting April 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 43rd session of the Codex Committee on Food Labeling, which will take place May 9-13, in Ottawa, Canada. This meeting will also be available by conference call (1-888-844-9904, participant code will be provided at a later date, here).

The CCFL is responsible for (a) drafting provisions on labeling applicable to all foods, (b) considering, amending if necessary and endorsing draft specific provisions on labeling, (c) studying specific labeling problems assigned to it, and (d) studying problems associated with the advertisement of food with particular reference to claims and misleading descriptions.

The following items on the agenda for the 43rd session of the CCFL will be discussed during the public meeting: labelling provisions in draft Codex standards; draft revision of the guidelines for the production, processing, labelling and marketing of organically produced foods; draft revision of the general standard for the labelling of prepackaged foods; labelling of non-retail containers; issues related to Internet sales of food; and revision of the general guidelines for the use of the term “Halal.”

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