The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service is sponsoring a public meeting to provide information and receive public comments on agenda items, and draft U.S. positions to be discussed at the 40th Session of the Codex Committee on Food Labeling (CCFL), which will be held in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada from May 15-18, 2012.
The public meeting will be held on April 18, 2012, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Jamie L. Whitten Building, USDA, 1400 Independence Avenue SW, Room 107-A, Washington, D.C. 20250. Documents and agenda items related to the 40th Session of the CCFL will be accessible at the Codex website.
During the meeting, the committee will discuss:
• Proposed draft revision of the Guidelines for Use of Nutrition and Health Claims: Additional Conditions for Nutrient Content Claims and Comparative Claims
• Draft definition of nutrient reference values for inclusion in the Guidelines for Nutrition Labeling
• Requirements for mandatory nutrition labeling
• Guidelines for the production, processing, labeling and marketing of organically produced foods
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.
Individuals may submit written comments about the 40th Session of the CCFL by emailing Barbara Schneeman, Ph.D., Director, Office of Nutrition, Labeling, and Dietary Supplements, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, at [email protected]
For more information about the meeting, email Doreen Chen-Moulec, U.S. Codex Office, at [email protected]