We write to express our strong opposition to your proposal to move the U.S. Codex Office from the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) to the Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs (TFAA) mission area within the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Putting the U.S. Codex Office in the TFAA will weaken the United States’ position in Codex, and will send the wrong signal to Codex member countries and observers and to the American public that health and consumer protection are secondary to trade prerogatives.

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