US Meeting April 25 to Discuss Codex Committee on Fresh Fruits and Vegetables

USDA’s Office of the Under Secretary for Food Safety and the Agricultural Marketing Service announced a public meeting to provide information and receive public comments on agenda items and draft U.S. positions that will be discussed at the 14th Session of the Codex Committee on Fresh Fruits and Vegetables (CCFFV) of the Codex Alimentarius Commission (Codex), to be held in Mexico City, Mexico, on May 12-17, 2008.

The public meeting is scheduled for Friday, April 25, 2008, at 10 a.m., in Room 2068, South Agricultural Building, USDA, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. Pre-registration is encouraged to expedite entry in the building. Attendees must present photo identification at the door to gain admittance to the building.

Agenda items and documents related to the 14th Session of the CCFFV may be accessed prior to the public meeting at

Codex was created in 1963 by two United Nations organizations, the Food and Agriculture Organization and the World Health Organization. Codex develops food standards, guidelines and codes of practice in order to protect the health of consumers, ensure fair food trade practices and promote coordination of food standards undertaken by international governmental and non-governmental organizations.

For further information regarding the 14th Session of CCFFV or to submit comments in advance, contact Dorian LaFond, International Standards Coordinator, AMS, Fruits and Vegetable Programs, at (202) 690-4944, or by e-mail at