The U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food and Drug Administration, Office of the Under Secretary for Food Safety, and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services have announced a February 22, 2011, public meeting in College Park, Maryland, to provide information and receive public comments on draft U.S. positions to be discussed at the 5th session of the Codex Committee on Contaminants in Foods (CCCF) on March 21-25 in The Hague, The Netherlands. Among other things, CCCF “establishes or endorses permitted maximum levels of contaminants, and where necessary revises existing guidelines for contaminants and naturally occurring toxicants in food and feed.”

Agenda items include proposed draft maximum levels for melamine in liquid infant formula, deoxynivalenol and its acetylated derivatives in cereals and cereal-based products, and total aflaxtoxins in dried figs. Topics for discussion papers include mycotoxins in sorghum, arsenic in rice, ochratoxin A in cocoa, and furan. See Federal Register, February 15, 2011.