• The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced on September 24 that it will hold a public meeting to provide interested parties an opportunity to address items on the agenda of the 41st Session of the Codex Committee on Nutrition and Foods for Special Dietary Uses (CCNFSDU). Meeting participants will be given the opportunity to comment on agenda items and the agency’s draft positions to be discussed at the CCNFSDU session.
  • The CCNFSDU session is an annual meeting convened under the authority of the Codex Alimentarius Commission (CAC), an international body that publishes a collection of reference standards, guidelines, and codes of practice (“Codex Alimentarius” or “Food Code”). The annual CCNFSDU session provides member countries and observers an opportunity to address new issues involving “special dietary uses” of foods, such as dietary supplements. In addition to the CCNFSDU, the CAC maintains a Committee on Food Additives (CCFA) and a Committee on Contaminants and Toxins in foods (CCCF).
  • The USDA’s public meeting will address multiple items on the CCNFSDU agenda, including ready-to-use therapeutic foods, proteins, trans fatty acids, and labeling of infant formula, among other topics.
  • The USDA’s public meeting is scheduled for November 1, 2019 at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) Harvey H. Wiley Building in College Park, Maryland, and the CCNFSDU session will take place from November 24­-29, 2019, in Dusseldorf, Germany.  Registration for the November 1, 2019 meeting may be made via email until October 30.

For additional questions regarding Codex Alimentarius and the regulation of dietary supplements and food additives, Keller and Heckman clients may contact Katia Merten-Lentz, mertenlentz@khlaw.com in Keller and Heckman’s Brussels office, or Mel Drozen, drozen@khlaw.com, in the U.S. office.