Codex Committee Meeting of the Codex Committee on Food Additives

Federal Register, Volume 85 Issue 6 (Thursday, January 9, 2020)
[Federal Register Volume 85, Number 6 (Thursday, January 9, 2020)]
[Pages 1137-1138]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office []
[FR Doc No: 2020-00162]
U.S. Codex Office
Codex Committee Meeting of the Codex Committee on Food Additives
AGENCY: U.S. Codex Office, USDA.
ACTION: Notice of public meeting and request for comments.
SUMMARY: The U.S Codex Office is sponsoring a public meeting on January
21, 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 to be discussed at the 52nd Session of the Codex
Committee on Food Additives (CCFA) of the Codex Alimentarius
Commission, in Lanzhou, China, March 2-6, 2020. 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 52nd
Session of the CCFA and to address items on the agenda.
DATES: The public meeting is scheduled for January 21, 2020, from 9:00-
12:00 EST.
ADDRESSES: The public meeting will take place in Meeting Room 1A-001
and 1A-002 of the Wiley Auditorium of the U.S. Food and Drug
Administration (FDA) Harvey H. Wiley Building, 5001 Campus Drive,
College Park, MD 20740. Documents related to the 52nd Session of the
CCFA will be accessible via the internet at the following address:
    Dr. Paul Honigfort, U.S. Delegate to the 52nd Session of the CCFA,
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 52nd Session of the CCFA by conference
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call, please use the call-in-number: 888-844-9904 and participant code
    Registration: Attendees may register to attend the public meeting
by emailing [email protected] by January 17, 2020. Early registration is
encouraged because it will expedite entry into the building. The
meeting will take place 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 who wish to participate, may do so by phone, as
discussed above.
    For Further Information about the 52nd Session of the CCFA, contact
U.S. Delegate, Dr. Paul Honigfort, Consumer Safety Officer, Division of
Food Contact Notifications, Office of Food Additive Safety, U.S. Food
and Drug Administration, 5001 Campus Drive, College Park, MD 20740,
phone: +1 (204) 402-1206; email: [email protected].
    For Further Information about the public meeting Contact: U.S.
Codex Office, 1400 Independence Avenue SW, Room 4861, South Agriculture
Building, Washington, DC 20250. Phone 202 720 7760, Fax: (202) 720-
3157, Email: [email protected].
    Codex 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
    The Terms of Reference of the Codex Committee on Food Additives
(CCFA) are:
    (a) To establish or endorse permitted maximum levels for individual
food additives;
    (b) To prepare priority lists of food additives for risk assessment
by the Joint FAO/WHO Expert Committee on Food Additives;
    (c) To assign functional classes to individual food additives;
    (d) To recommend specifications of identity and purity for food
additives for adoption by the Codex Alimentarius Commission;
    (e) To consider methods of analysis for the determination of
additives in food; and
    (f) To consider and elaborate standards or codes for related
subjects such as the labelling of food additives when sold as such.
    The CCFA is hosted by China. The United States attends the CCFA as
a member country of Codex.
Issues To Be Discussed at the Public Meeting
    The following items on the Agenda for the 52nd Session of the CCFA
will be discussed during the public meeting:
 Matters referred by the Codex Alimentarius Commission and
other subsidiary bodies
 Matters of interest arising from FAO/WHO and from the 87th
Meeting of the Joint FAO/WHO Expert Committee on Food Additives (JECFA)
 Proposed draft specifications for identify and purity of food
additives arising from the 87th 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 Electronic Working Group (EWG) on Alignment
 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
 Continuation of the discussion on the relevant provisions for
sweeteners associated with Note 161
 General information on the availability of data related to
nitrates and nitrites
 Proposed draft revision to the International Numbering System
(INS) for Food Additives
 Proposals for additions and changes to the Priority List of
Substances proposed by evaluation by JECFA
 Other business and future work
Public Meeting
    At the January 21, 2020 public meeting, draft U.S. positions on the
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 Dr. Paul Honigfort, U.S.
Delegate for the 52nd Session of the CCFA (see ADDRESSES). Written
comments should state that they relate to activities of the 52nd
Session of the CCFA.
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
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    Done at Washington, DC, on December 19, 2019.
Mary Lowe,
U.S. Manager for Codex Alimentarius.
[FR Doc. 2020-00162 Filed 1-8-20; 8:45 am]