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Codex, GIPSA Reorganization Plans on Hold

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

(North American Meat Institute)

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue notified Congress that he will postpone moving the U.S. Codex Office from the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) to the Office of the Under Secretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs and he will delay the proposed merger of the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) with the Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA).

The Meat Institute, earlier this month, submitted comments to USDA in support of the proposed organizational changes, including realigning the U.S. Codex Office with the newly created trade mission. The Meat Institute stated 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."

The majority of public comments have favored the Secretary's plan, but opponents, including the Food and Drug Administration, contend moving Codex might cause the office to prioritize trade issues over food safety matters.

Perdue did not specify a timeframe for making further determinations on either the proposed Codex or GIPSA changes.

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