The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency have announced an April 10, 2014, public meeting in Arlington, Virginia, to provide information and receive public comments on agenda items and draft U.S. positions for discussion during the 46th session of the Codex Committee on Pesticide Residues of the Codex Alimentarius Commission in Hong Kong, China, on May 5-17, 2014.

Agenda items include (i) revision to the Codex classification of food and feed for step 6-selected vegetable commodity groups (roots and tubers); (ii) draft discussion paper on guidance for setting maximum residue limits (MRLs) for pesticides for minor uses and specialty crops; (iii) revision of the committee’s risk analysis principles on pesticide residues; (iv) priority list for establishing MRLs for pesticides; and (v) guidance for assessing pesticide residue analysis methods. See Federal Register, March 26, 2014.