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U.S.A. - USDA to Hold Public Meeting to Address Agenda Items for the Codex Committee on Pesticide Residues

The following items will be discussed during the public meeting:Proposed maximum residue limits (MRLs) for pesticide residues in food and feed; Proposed revision of the Codex classification of foods and animal feeds; Proposed guidance for selecting representative commodities for the extrapolation of MRLs for pesticides in commodity groups (Proposed guidance for selecting; Guidance to facilitate the establishment of MRLs for pesticides in minor crops and specialty crops

February 2, 2012

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are sponsoring a public meeting 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 Pesticide Residues (CCPR). The CCPR will meet in Shanghai, P.R. China from April 23, 2012 through April 28, 2012. 

The public meeting will be held on Feb. 14, 2012 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at EPA, Room S-7100, One Potomac Yard South, 2777 South Crystal Drive, Arlington, Virginia, 22202. 

The following items will be discussed during the public meeting:

- Proposed maximum residue limits (MRLs) for pesticide residues in food and feed;

- Proposed revision of the Codex classification of foods and animal feeds;

- Proposed guidance for selecting representative commodities for the extrapolation of MRLs for pesticides in commodity groups (Proposed guidance for selecting;

- Guidance to facilitate the establishment of MRLs for pesticides in minor crops and specialty crops.

Documents and agenda items related to the 44th Session of the CCPR will be accessible at the Codex website at www.codexalimentarius.org.

For more information, or to submit written comments about the 44th Session of CCPR contact Lois Rossi, Director of Registration Division, Office of Pesticide Programs, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Ariel Rios Building, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue N.W., Washington, D.C. 20460, telephone: +1(703) 305-5447, fax: +1 (703) 305-6920 or email: rossi.lois@epamail.epa.gov.

For more information about the public meeting contact Doreen Chen-Moulec, U.S. Codex Office, 1400 Independence Avenue S.W., Room 4861, Washington D.C. 20250, telephone: +1(202) 205-7760, fax: +1 (202) 720-3157 or email: doreen.chen-moulec@fsis.usda.gov.

Codex was established in 1963 by two United Nations organizations: the Food and Agriculture Organization and the World Health Organization. Codex seeks to protect the health of consumers and ensure fair practices in the food trade through adoption of food standards, codes of practice and other guidelines developed by its committees, and by promoting their adoption and implementation by governments. 

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