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1. The Codex Alimentarius Commission held its Twenty-second Session in Geneva, from 23 to 28 June 1997. The Session was attended by 444 Delegates and advisors representing 84 Member countries and Observers from 1 Non-Member country, 7 intergovernmental organizations and 36 international non-governmental organizations. A complete list of participants is given in Appendix 1 to this report.

2. The Session was opened by Dr. Hiroshi Nakajima, Director-General of WHO and by Dr. Hartwig de Haen, Assistant Director-General, FAO. The Session was presided over by its Chairperson, Professor Pakdee Pothisiri (Thailand) and by its three Vice-Chairpersons for certain items of the Agenda.

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