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Meat Institute Submits Comments in Support of Proposed USDA Organizational Changes

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

(North American Meat Institute)

The Meat Institute submitted comments to USDA in support of proposed organizational changes announced in September that would merge and realign several services and agencies within the department. The Meat Institute said the proposed reorganization would minimize burdens on individuals and businesses by promoting efficiency, effectiveness and accountability.

Specifically, the Meat Institute supports moving the U.S. Codex Office from the Food Safety and Inspection Service to the Office of the Under Secretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs. The Meat Institute's comments state that such a move will "elevate U.S. Codex engagement, enhance the visibility of the U.S. Codex Office in overall U.S. policymaking, and place a greater emphasis on U.S. strategic engagement with Codex, including the use of Codex objectives to ensure the use of science-based standards in the trading system."

Moving the U.S. Codex Office will provide an opportunity for current Codex Office staff to serve not only as technical and scientific experts within the Codex Office, but also as educators and consultants to those developing trade policy in the Office of the Under Secretary for Trade, according to the Meat Institute's comments.

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