Specialized Section on Standardization of Meat (GE.11)

Tenth Session, 25-27 April 2001
PROVISIONAL AGENDA FOR THE TENTH SESSION
to be held in the Palais des Nations, Geneva
commencing at 10.00 hrs on Wednesday, 25 April 2001



NOTE by the secretariat: Documents not received by the secretariat by the deadline (10 weeks before the meeting) will be distributed before the meeting in the original language if received until 6 weeks before the session or at the session as informal papers if received later. They will also be available on the homepage if sent in electronic format.

1. Adoption of the agenda TRADE/WP.7/GE.11/2001/1
English French Russian
2. Matters of interest since the ninth session
(a) Discussion of the work of the Specialized Section by the Working Party and the Committee for Trade, Industry and Enterprise Development TRADE/WP.7/GE.11/2001/2
English French Russian
(b) Summary report from the meeting of rapporteurs TRADE/WP.7/GE.11/2001/3
English French
3. UN/ECE Standard for Bovine Carcases and Cuts TRADE/WP.7/GE.11/2000/7/Add.1
English French Russian
TRADE/WP.7/GE.11/2000/7/Add.2
English French Russian
TRADE/WP.7/GE.11/2000/7/Add.3
English French Russian
(a) Publications issues [TRADE/WP.7/GE.11/2001/4 ]
(b) Further development of the bovine standard TRADE/WP.7/GE.11/2001/5
English French Russian
4. Draft UN/ECE Standard for Ovine Carcases and Cuts
(a) Draft Ovine Specific Standard TRADE/WP.7/GE.11/2001/6
English Russian
(b) Draft Ovine Carcases and Cuts Descriptions TRADE/WP.7/GE.11/2001/7
English French Russian
5. Draft UN/ECE Standard for Poultry Meat
(a) Revisions to the General Requirements adding sections for poultry TRADE/WP.7/GE.11/2001/8
English French
(b) Proposed species-specific standard including product lists TRADE/WP.7/GE.11/2001/9
English French Russian
(c) Chicken product description pages TRADE/WP.7/GE.11/2001/10
English
6. UN/ECE quality trade mark TRADE/WP.7/GE.11/2001/11
English French Russian
TRADE/WP.7/GE.11/2001/12
English Russian
7. Preparation of the meetings of rapporteurs and the next session of the Specialized Section
(a) Date and place
(b) Future work
8. Preparation of the 57th session of the Working Party on Standardization of Perishable Produce and Quality Development
9. Operational activities
10. Other business
11. Election of officers
12. Adoption of the report


Proposed timetable





25 April 10.00 - 13.00 Meeting of rapporteurs*
15.00 - 18.00 Meeting of rapporteurs*
26 April 10.00 - 13.00 Items 1 - 3
15.00 - 18.00 Items 4 - 5
27 April 10.00 - 13.00 Items 6 - 11
15.00 - 18.00 Item 12


* The Specialized Section may wish to meet as a meeting of rapporteurs on the first day as appropriate to finalize texts. Interpretation will be provided.

ANNOTATIONS



Item 1 Adoption of the agenda



According to the Commission's Rules of Procedure, the first item on the provisional agenda is the adoption of the agenda.



Item 2 Matters of interest arising since the ninth session



(a) Discussion of the work of the Specialized section by the Working Party and the Committee for Trade, Industry and Enterprise Development



Document for this session: TRADE/WP.7/GE.11/2001/2 (Secretariat)



The document sums up the outcome of the fourth session of the Committee for Trade, Industry and Enterprise Development and the fifty-sixth session of the Working Party on Standardization of Perishable Produce and Quality Development.



(b) Summary report from the meeting of rapporteurs



Document for this session: TRADE/WP.7/GE.11/2001/3 (United States)



The document sums up the outcome of the meeting of rapporteurs on standardization of meat which was held in São Paulo, 24 to 27 September 2000.



Item 3 UN/ECE Standard for Bovine Carcases and Cuts



Background documents: TRADE/WP.7/GE.11/2000/7/Add.1 (General requirements)

TRADE/WP.7/GE.11/2000/7/Add.2 (Bovine specific section)

TRADE/WP.7/GE.11/2000/7/Add.3 (Bovine specific cuts descriptions)



The UN/ECE Standard for bovine carcases and cuts was adopted by the Working Party as presented in the Addenda to the report of the 9th session of the Specialized Section. Editorial amendments which have been made to the final publication will be reflected in the addenda to the report of this session. These addenda will also make reference to the page numbers in the final publication (for the time being in English only) so that French and Russian reader will be able to reference it easier.



(a) Publications issues



Document for this session: TRADE/WP.7/GE.11/2001/4 (Australia, Secretariat)



Taking into account the different possibilities for publication of the color version of the standard discussions were held between the bureau of the Specialized Section and the secretariat. In order to ensure a speedy high-quality publication and efficient promotion of the standard it was decided to accept the offer from AUS-MEAT to publish the standard on behalf of the Specialized Section. Free copies will be available to each participant as well as each member of the UN/ECE. Further copies can be obtained from AUS-MEAT on a cost recovery basis.



(b) Further development of the bovine standard



Document for this session: TRADE/WP.7/GE.11/2001/5 (France, United Kingdom, European Community)



The document contains proposals for future amendments to the standard.



Item 4 Draft UN/ECE Standard for Ovine Carcases and Cuts



The documents contain the outcome of the discussions held at the meeting of rapporteurs and subsequent bilateral discussions between Australia and New Zealand.



(a) Draft Ovine Specific Standard

Document for this session: TRADE/WP.7/GE.11/2001/6 (Australia, New Zealand)



(b) Draft Ovine Carcases and Cuts Descriptions

Document for this session: TRADE/WP.7/GE.11/2001/7 (Australia, New Zealand)



Item 5 Draft UN/ECE Standard for Poultry Meat



The documents contain the outcome of the initial discussions held at the meeting of rapporteurs in Brazil.



(a) Revisions to the General Requirements adding sections for poultry

Document for this session: TRADE/WP.7/GE.11/2001/8 (United States)



(b) Proposed species-specific standard including product lists

Document for this session: TRADE/WP.7/GE.11/2001/9 (United States)



(c) Chicken product description pages

Document for this session: TRADE/WP.7/GE.11/2001/10 (United States)



A document containing the colour photographs of the products will be distributed at the meeting.



Item 6 UN/ECE trade mark for meat



Documents for this meeting: TRADE/WP.7/GE.11/2001/11(Australia)

TRADE/WP.7/GE.11/2001/12(United Kingdom, European Community)



Initial discussions on preparing a draft protocol on conformity assessment (trade mark) have been held at the last sessions of the Specialized Section. The principle of the co-operation between the Specialized Section and the Working Party on Technical Harmonization and Standardization Policies (WP.6) was agreed by WP.7.



Item 7 Preparation of the meetings of rapporteurs and the next session of the Specialized Section



(a) Date and place



Delegations are invited to make proposals for dates and places of the next meetings of rapporteurs.

(b) Future Work



Delegations are invited to make proposals for the future work of the Specialized Section.



Item 8 Preparation of the 57th session of the Working Party on Standardization of Perishable Produce and Quality Development



Delegations are invited to mention any item that should be brought to the attention of the Working Party.



Item 9 Operational activities



Delegations are invited to discuss how the Specialized Section could assist countries in the further development of their meat trade.



Item 10 Other business



Any other subject can be discussed under this item.



Item 11 Election of officers



According to the Commission's Rules of Procedure and established practice, the Specialized Section is expected to elect a Chairman and a Vice-Chairman. At its ninth session the Group elected Mr. B. Carpenter (United States) as its Chairman and Mr. I. King (Australia) as its Vice-Chairman.

Item 12 Adoption of the report



The Specialized Section will adopt the report of its ninth session on the basis of a draft prepared by the secretariat.



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