The U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Food and Drug Administration and the Office of the Under Secretary for Food Safety have announced a February 9, 2011, public meeting in College Park, Maryland, to provide information and receive public comments on draft U.S. positions to be discussed at the 22nd session of the Codex Committee on Fats and Oils (CCFO) on February 21-25 in Penang, Malaysia. CCFO “is responsible for elaborating worldwide standards for fats and oils of animal, vegetable, and marine origin, including margarine and olive oil.”

Agenda items include (i) “Draft Amendment to the Standard for Named Vegetable Oils; Inclusion of Palm Kernel Olein and Palm Kernel Stearin”; (ii) “Code Practice for the Storage and Transport of Edible Fats and Oils in Bulk”; (iii) “Proposed Draft Amendment to the Standard for Olive Oils and Olive Pomace Oils: Linolenic Acid Level”; (iv) “Proposal for New Work on a Standard for Fish Oils”; and (v) “Proposal to Amend the Standard for Named Vegetable Oils: Sunflower Seed Oils.” See Federal Register, January 28, 2011.