The U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Food and Drug Administration, the Office of the Under Secretary for Food Safety, and the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition have announced a March 16, 2011, public meeting in College Park, Maryland, to provide information and receive public comments on draft U.S. positions to be discussed at the 31st session of the Codex Committee on Contaminants on Fish and Fishery Products (CCFFP) on April 11-16 in Tromso, Norway. CCFFP “is responsible for elaborating worldwide standards for fresh, frozen (including quick frozen) or otherwise processed fish, crustaceans, and mollusks.”

Agenda items include proposed draft standards for fish sauce, smoked fish, smoke-flavored fish, and smoke dried fish; proposed draft codes of practice for fish and fishery products and scallop-meat processing; proposed methods for determining biotoxins in raw and live bivalve mollusks; and proposed revisions to food-additive standards for fish and fishery products. See Federal Register, February 25, 2011.