ECONOMIC COMMISSION FOR EUROPE

 

COMMITTEE FOR TRADE, INDUSTRY AND

ENTERPRISE DEVELOPMENT

 

Working Party on Agricultural Quality Standards

 

Specialized Section on Standardization of Meat

12th Session, 6-9 May 2003, Geneva

 

 

PROVISIONAL AGENDA FOR THE TWELFTH SESSION

 

to be held in the Palais des Nations, Geneva,

commencing at 10.00 hrs on Tuesday, 6th May 2003*

 

1.

 

Adoption of the agenda

TRADE/WP.7/GE.11/2003/1

English, French, Russian

2.

Matters of interest from

 

 

 

 

 

(a)

 

 

 

 

 

 

(b)

-           UNECE

-           Committee for Trade, Industry and Enterprise             Development

-           Working Party on Agricultural Quality standards

-           Working Party on Transport of Perishable             Foodstuffs

 

-           Other organizations dealing with standardization of             meat and meat products

 

TRADE/WP.7/GE.11/2003/2

English, French, Russian

3.

Draft UNECE Standard for Chicken Carcases and Parts

 

 

 

(a)

Chapters 1 to 4: General requirements and coding

 

 

Comments and recommendations from the United States

TRADE/WP.7/GE.11/2003/3

English, French, Russian

TRADE/WP.7/GE.11/2003/3/Add.1

English only

 

(b)

Chapter 5: Parts/ Cuts descriptions

TRADE/WP.7/GE.11/2003/10**

 

4.

UNECE Standard for Ovine Carcases and Cuts

 

 

 

(a)

Publication issues

 

 

(b)

Chapters 1 to 4: General requirements and coding

TRADE/WP.7/GE.11/2003/4

English, French, Russian

 

(c)

Chapter 5: Cuts descriptions

TRADE/WP.7/GE.11/2003/5**

 

 

 

 

5.

Editorial revision/ correction of UNECE Standard for Bovine Carcases and Cuts

 

 

 

(a)

Publication of a second edition

 

 

(b)

Chapters 1 to 4: General requirements and coding

TRADE/WP.7/GE.11/2003/6

English, French, Russian

 

(c)

Chapter 5: Cuts descriptions

TRADE/WP.7/GE.11/2003/7**

 

 

 

 

6.

Draft Revision of the UNECE Standard for Porcine Carcases and Cuts

 

TRADE/WP.7/GE.11/2003/8

English, French, Russian

7.

Proposal for a UNECE Standard for Llama Carcases and Cuts

TRADE/WP.7/GE.11/2003/11

English, French, Russian

8.

Information on preliminary work done on different species

 

 

 

(a)

Veal

 

 

(b)

Turkey meat

 

 

(c)

Goat meat

 

 

9.

Traceability

TRADE/WP.7/GE.11/2003/9 (United States)**

10

UNECE Mark for Meat

 

 

11

Operational Activities

 

 

 

(a)

Lithuania

 

 

(b)

Russia

 

 

12

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

 

 

 

 

(a)

Date and place

 

 

(b)

Future work

 

 

13

Preparation of the 59th session of the Working Party on Agricultural Quality Standards

 

 

14

Other business

 

 

15

Election of officers

 

 

16

Adoption of the report

 



Proposed timetable

 

5 May

10.00 - 13.00

Meeting of rapporteurs*

 

15.00 - 18.00

Meeting of rapporteurs*

6 May

10.00 - 13.00

Items 1-3

 

15.00 - 18.00

Item 3

7 May

10.00 - 13.00

Item 3 - 4

 

15.00 - 18.00

Item 4 - 5

8 May

10.00 - 13.00

Item 6 - 8

 

15.00 - 18.00

Item 8 - 15

9 May

10.00 - 13.00

Item 16

 

*          On Monday 5 May 2003 the rapporteurs on Chicken Meat have the possibility to meet (with limited interpretation) to finalize texts. Groups that are interested in other subjects can also meet to discuss the draft documents.

 

**         This document number has been reserved because the paper had not been received/finalized by the secretariat at the time of the preparation of the agenda. It will either be distributed before the meeting in the original language only (if received up to 6 weeks before the session) or at the session as an informal paper (if received later). It will also be available on the homepage if sent in electronic format.

 

 

ANNOTATIONS

 

Item 1:             Adoption of the agenda

Document for this session:          TRADE/WP.7/GE.11/2003/1

 

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

Document for this session:          TRADE/WP.7/GE.11/2003/2

 

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

 

The Specialized Section will also be informed about other relevant events in UNECE, the Working Party on Transport of Perishable Foodstuffs and other organizations dealing with standardization of meat and meat products

 

Item 3:             Draft UNECE Standard for Chicken Carcases and Parts          

 

(a)        Chapters 1 to 4: General requirements and coding 

Document for this session:          TRADE/WP.7/GE.11/2003/3

 


(b)        Chapter 5: Parts/ Cuts descriptions

Document for this session:          TRADE/WP.7/GE.11/2003/10**

 

The documents represent the result of the meeting of rapporteurs in Rennes, The text has been edited by the secretariat combining general requirements and chicken specific coding provisions. It is expected that the documents can be finalized at this session and proposed to the Working Party for adoption.

 

Item 4:             UNECE Standard for Ovine Carcases and Cuts

 

(a)        Publication issues          

 

The secretariat will inform delegations about possibilities to publish the standard.

 

(b)        Chapters 1 to 4: General requirements and coding 

Document for this session:          TRADE/WP.7/GE.11/2003/4

 

(c)        Chapter 5: Cuts descriptions

Document for this session:          TRADE/WP.7/GE.11/2003/5**

 

The documents are based on the text that was adopted by the Working Party at its 58th session. The text was edited by the secretariat for publication. A number of editorial issues are highlighted and should be resolved before the standard is published.

 

Item 5:             Editorial revision/ correction of UNECE Standard for Bovine Carcases and Cuts          

 

(a)        Publication of a second edition    

 

The secretariat will inform delegations about possibilities to publish a second edition of the standard. The secretariat will also demonstrate the internet version of the standard.

 

(b)        Chapters 1 to 4: General requirements and coding

Document for this session:          TRADE/WP.7/GE.11/2003/6

 

(c)        Chapter 5: Cuts descriptions

Document for this session:          TRADE/WP.7/GE.11/2003/7**

 

The text has been edited by the secretariat to align it with the format which is proposed for all UNECE meat standards. A number of errors were corrected and some editorial issues are highlighted and should be resolved before publication of the second edition. It is not intended to discuss a revision of the contents of this standard at this session.

 

Item 6:             Draft Revision of the UNECE Standard for Porcine Carcases and Cuts

Document for this session:          TRADE/WP.7/GE.11/2003/8

 

The secretariat has received a draft document on the revision of the porcine standard from the United Kingdom. The Specialized Section is invited to discuss how to proceed with the revision of this standard.

 


Item 7:             Proposal for a UNECE Standard for Llama Carcases and Cuts

Document for this session:          TRADE/WP.7/GE.11/2003/11

 

The secretariat has received a draft for a UNECE Standard for Llama carcases and cuts from Bolivia. The Specialized Section is invited to discuss how to proceed with this proposal.

.          

Item 8:             Information on preliminary work done on different species     

 

The Specialized Section will be informed about any preliminary work done concerning the development of standards for veal, turkey meat and goat meat.

 

Item 9:             Traceability

Document for this session:          TRADE/WP.7/GE.11/2003/9 (United States)**

 

A document on this issue is expected from the United States. Any other work regarding traceability can be discussed under this agenda item.

 

Item 10:           UNECE Mark for Meat

Background document:   TRADE/WP.7/GE.11/2001/11

 

The secretariat will report on discussions with the legal services of the United Nations concerning the proposal from Australia.

 

At the last session it had also been decided that each country would indicate to the secretariat a list of authorities which are recognized by the Government to certify conformity with the UNECE standard. Countries should also indicate any authorities of other countries that they recognize to certify

conformity with the UNECE standard. The lists will be published on the UNECE home page. Up to now no such information has been received.

 

Item 11:           Operational Activities

 

The secretariat will inform delegations about planned operational activities in Lithuania and Russia. Lithuania will adopt the UNECE Bovine Standard and is interested in training courses concerning its application. The Russian Federation has invited the Specialized Section to contribute to a seminar on meat cutting in Moscow.

 

Item 12:           Preparation of the meetings of rapporteurs and the next session of the Specialized Section     

 

The Specialized Section is invited to discuss under this agenda item dates and places of the next meetings of rapporteurs and the priorities for future work.

           

The Russian Federation has also offered to host a meeting of rapporteurs on chicken meat in Moscow in September.

 

Item 13:           Preparation of the 59th session of the Working Party on Agricultural Quality Standards        

 

Any proposal brought to the attention of the Working Party can be discussed under this item.


Item 14:           Other business

 

Any other subject can be discussed under this item.

 

Item 15                        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 eleventh session the Group elected Mr. B. Carpenter  (United States) as its Chairman and Mr. I. King (Australia) as its Vice-Chairman.

 

Item 16                        Adoption of the report

 

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

 

NOTE BY THE SECRETARIAT:

 

Contributions should be sent to the secretariat either on diskette by mail to :

 

Food Standards Officer

UNECE Trade Division

Palais des Nations

Office 432

1211 Geneva 10

Tel:  (41) 22 917 2450     Fax:  (41) 22 917 0041

 

or by email to:    agristandards@unece.org

 

Meeting documentation will be available on our homepage:

 

http://www.unece.org/trade/agr/welcome.htm

 

 

In accordance with security instructions, participants should complete the Conference Registration form overleaf and return it to the secretariat before 2 May 2003 by fax (+ 00 41 22 917 0041).

 

In Geneva, before entering the Palais des Nations, please proceed with the original of your form to the Security Section situated at the Villa les Feuillantines (as indicated on the attached map), where your  badge will be ready for collection.