USDA Holds Public Meeting to Address Agenda Items for the 19th Session of the Codex Committee on Residues of Veterinary Drugs in FoodsWASHINGTON, Aug. 6, 2010 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Office of Food Safety and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Center for Veterinary Medicine are sponsoring a public meeting to provide information and receive public comments on agenda items and draft U.S. positions that will be discussed at the 19th Session of the Codex Committee on Residues of Veterinary Drugs in Foods (CCRVDF), to be held in Burlington, Vt., from Aug. 30 to Sept. 3, 2010. The public meeting will be held on Monday, Aug. 16, 2010, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., in Room 107-A, USDA, Jamie L. Whitten Building, 1400 Independence Ave. S.W., Washington, D.C. To participate through teleconference for the meeting, dial (866) 692-3158, and enter the passcode 5986642. Documents and agenda items related to the 19th Session of the CCRVDF will be accessible at the Codex website at www.codexalimentarius.net/current.asp. Codex was established in 1963 by two United Nations organizations, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Health Organization (WHO). Through adoption of food standards, codes of practice and other guidelines developed by its committees, and by promoting their adoption and implementation by governments, Codex seeks to protect the health of consumers and ensure fair practices in the food trade. For further information about the 19th Session of the CCRVDF, contact U.S. Delegate for the 19th Session of the CCRVDF Dr. Kevin Greenlees, Senior Advisor for Science & Policy, FDA Office of New Animal Drug Evaluation, by e-mail at Kevin.Greenlees@fda.hhs.gov; by mail at HFV-100 USFDA Center for Veterinary Medicine, 7520 Standish Place, Rockville, MD 20855; by phone at (240) 276-8214; or by fax at (240) 276-9538. Written comments on the public meeting about the 19th Session of the CCRVDF should be submitted to Dr. Greenlees, and those comments should state that they relate to activities of the 19th Session of the CCRVDF. For further information about the public meeting, contact Ken Lowery by e-mail at Kenneth.Lowery@fsis.usda.gov, by mail at U.S. Codex Office, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., Room 4861, Washington, DC 20250, by phone at (202) 690-4042 or by fax at (202) 720-3157.