Meeting to Draft U.S. Positions on Codex Food Standards

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced a public meeting on June 5, 2012, in Washington, D.C., to provide information and receive comments on draft U.S positions to be discussed at the 35th Session of the Codex Alimentarius Commission on July 2-7 in Rome, Italy. Agenda items include revocation of existing Codex standards, proposals for the elaboration of new standards and for the discontinuation of work, general implementation status, and a draft Codex strategic plan for 2014-2019. Federal Register, May 24, 2012.
Food Law Short Courses
Food Law Short Course & Seminar

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Michigan State University - East Lansing, Michigan
The program consists of two courses, a U.S. food law short course, and a food regulation current issues seminar. Participants may choose to take one or both. The courses are offered in a collegial, intimate learning environment.

U.S. Food Law Short Course
July 16-17 (Monday-Tuesday) 2012
The U.S. Food Law Short Course is designed as an introduction to U.S. food laws and regulations for professionals in the field. It is well suited for those new to the field but also comprehensive enough on the essential elements of food law to provide a refresher course for the experienced professional.

Food Regulation Current Issues Seminar
 July 18-19 (Wednesday-Thursday) 2012
The Food Regulation Current Issues Seminar provides practical education on current food legal and regulatory issues. The topics cover cutting edge issues of food regulation, involving FDA, USDA, advertising, and global issues. Speakers from the legal, government, food industry, and academic professions will present practical food safety and food law information and case studies. 
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U.S. Food Law Short Course participants will receive a copy of the book, Food Regulation: Law, Science, Policy, and Practice by Neal Fortin. The book provides an accessible discussion of the federal statutes, regulations, and agencies involved in food regulation in the United States.
The Instructors

David ACHESON, Partner at Leavitt Partners, former Assistant Commissioner for Food Protection, FDA

Les BOURQUIN, Professor of Food Safety, Michigan State University

Ricardo CARVAJAL, Attorney and Director, Hyman, Phelps & McNamara, P.C.

Roger CLEMENS, Chief Scientific Officer, Horn; President, Institute of Food Technologists

Nicole COUTRELIS, Lawyer and Partner, Coutrelis & Associes, Paris and Brussels

Neal FORTIN, Attorney, Professor and Director, Institute for Food Laws and Regulations

P. Vincent HEGARTY, Founding Director and Professor Emeritus, Institute for Food Laws and Regulation

James E. HOADLEY, Senior Consultant, EAS Consultant Group

Steve KLUTING, Attorney and Partner, Varnum, LLP

Janine LEWIS, Principal Nutritionist, Food Standards Australia New Zealand

Scott J. MACINTYRE (invited), District Director, U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Kenneth ODZA, Corporate Counsel, Food Safety, Kellogg Company

F. Edward SCARBROUGH, Principal, Scarbrough Consultants, former U.S. Manager for Codex and Director

Jenny SCOTT (invited), Senior Advisor, Office of Food Safety, FDA CFSAN

John SPINK, Director, Packaging for Food and Product Protection Initiative, MSU

Steve STEINBORN, Attorney and Partner, Hogan Lovells, US, LLP

Charles WOODHOUSE, Attorney and Partner, Woodhouse Shanahan PA

Cathy WEIR, Global Regulatory Associate Director, Mead Johnson Nutrition

Gerald WOJTALA, Executive Director, International Food Protection Training Institute

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US Public Meeting on the Codex Committee on Food Additives

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are sponsoring a public meeting to provide information and receive public comments on agenda items that will be discussed at the 44th Session of the Codex Committee on Food Additives (CCFA) of the Codex Alimentarius Commission (Codex), which will be held in Hangzhou, China March 12–16, 2012.

DATES: The public meeting is scheduled for Monday, February 13, 2012, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

ADDRESSES: The public meeting will be held in the Harvey Wiley Federal Building, 5100 Paint Branch Parkway, College Park, MD 20740.

Documents related to the 44th Session of the CCFA are accessible via http://

The U.S. Delegate to the 44th Session of the CCFA, Dennis Keefe, and FDA, invite interested U.S. parties to submit their comments electronically to the following email address: cfsan-

Registration: Attendees may register electronically at the same email address provided above by February 8, 2012.

The 44th Codex Committee on Food Additives (CCFA)

The 44th Codex Committee on Food Additives (CCFA) will meet in Hangzhou, China, March 12-16, 2011.  

A Federal Register Notice announcing the U.S. Public Meeting for the 44th CCFA should publish soon. In the meantime, the following is provided for your information. The Public Meeting will be held on February 13, 2012, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in Rooms 1A-001 and 1A-002, FDA, Harvey Wiley Federal Building, 5100 Paint Branch Parkway, College Park, MD 20740. Documents related to the 44th CCFA are accessible at: Specific information regarding registration for the Public Meeting will be provided in the Federal Register Notice. However, please note that early registration is encouraged because it will expedite entry into the building and its parking area. If you require parking, please include the vehicle make and tag number when you register. Because the meeting will be held in a Federal building, you should also bring photo identification and plan for adequate time to pass through security screening systems. Attendees that are not able to attend the meeting in person, but wish to participate may do so by teleconference, and should request the call-in number and conference code when they register for the Public Meeting. For further information about the Public Meeting contact: Jannavi R. Srinivasan, Ph.D, Telephone: (240) 402–1199, Fax: (301) 436–2965, e-mail: