The Office of the Under Secretary for Food Safety, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Food and Drug Administration have announced an April 25, 2011, public meeting in College Park, Maryland, to provide information and receive public comments on draft U.S. positions to be discussed at the 39th session of the Codex Committee on Food Labeling (CCFL) on May 9-13 in Quebec City, Canada. CCFL is responsible for such things as “studying problems associated with the advertisement of food with particular reference to claims and misleading descriptions for drafting provisions on labeling applicable to all foods.”

Agenda items include (i) “recommendations on the declaration of sodium (salt)”; (ii) “mandatory nutrition labeling”; (iii) “labeling of foods and food ingredients obtained through certain techniques of genetic modification/ genetic engineering”; and (iv) “modified standardized common names.” See Federal Register, April 1, 2011.

In a related matter, a public meeting was held April 5 in Washington, D.C., to provide information and receive public comments on draft U.S. positions to be discussed at the 16th session of the Codex Committee on Fresh Fruits and Vegetables (CCFFV), meeting on May 2-6 in Mexico City, Mexico. CCFFV is responsible for “elaborating worldwide standards and codes of practice as may be appropriate for fresh fruits and vegetables.”

Agenda items included (i) “possible extension of territorial application of the Codex Standard for Fresh Fungus Chanterelle”; (ii) draft standards for avocado, tree tomatoes, chili peppers, pomegranate; and (iii) “quality tolerances at import and export control points.” See Federal Register, April 1, 2011.