Codex News - October 31, 2014
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The U.S. Codex Office hosted a one-day training event for U.S. Delegates and subject matter experts, on October 29 at the USDA Headquarters, as a compliment and follow up to the annual Codex Delegate Training held in the spring. The event featured presentations and discussions on priority-setting, outreach, and collaboration between general subject and commodity committees in Codex.
Call for Data
FAO/WHO is requesting member country organizations responsible for shellfish sanitation programs to provide data and information on these systems. The data and information will be used for an elaboration of best practice guidance on the development of shellfish sanitation systems within the framework of Section 7 of the Codex Code of Practice for Fish and Fishery Products. To facilitate data collection, a short questionnaire has been developed in order to provide countries with a standard format for providing this information. Individuals in the United States interested in submitting data should contact the U.S. Codex Office (USCodex@fsis.usda.gov) for further information. Individuals in other Member countries and organizations should contact their Codex Contact Point directly to receive a copy of the questionnaire. Data submissions may be submitted in any official United Nations language (English, French, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, and Russian) directly to Jogeir Toppe (email@example.com) with copy to Sarah Cahill (Sarah.Cahill@fao.org) by November 30, 2014.
Tom Heilandt, who has been a Food Standards Officer in the Codex Secretariat for a number of years, was recently appointed as the new Secretary of the Codex Alimentarius Commission. Ms. Lingping Zhang, from China, recently joined the Codex Secretariat as a Food Standards Officer.