Geneva, 28 June - 7 July 1993


Issued by the Secretariat of the
Joint FAO/WHO Food Standards Programme, FAO, Rome
Ref. No. ALINORM 93/40 1993

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Summary and Conclusions

The Commission:

elected F.G. Winarno (Indonesia) as its Chairman and D. Gascoine (Australia), Pakdee Pothisiri (Thailand) and J. Race (Norway) as its Vice-Chairmen.

expressed concern that reductions in the Codex budgetwould have negative consequences on the Commission's work and requested the Secretariat to take steps as appropriate to reduce the number of direct costs to the budget, especially the costs of documentation.

expressed continued support to the objectives of theGATT Uruguay Round negotiations in relation to sanitary and phytosanitary measures and on technical barriers to trade.

invited governments to involve consumers more effectively in decision-making processes related to food standards and the Codex Programme.

discussed the incorporation of risk assessment procedures into the Codex decision-making processes and requested that a paper on the use of risk assessment procedures be transmitted to the Joint FAO/WHO Expert Committee on Food Additives and the Joint FAO/WHO Meetings on Pesticide Residues as well as to the Commission's subsidiary bodies primarily responsible for elaborating recommendations on food safety measures.

endorsed a series of Medium-Term Objectives for 1993-1998 and called for the development of a strategy whereby they would be implemented.

agreed to change the status of the FAO/WHO Committee of Government Experts on the Code of Principles on Milk and Milk Products operating under Rule IX.1(a) of the Commission's Rules of Procedure to that of a Codex Committee on Milk and Milk Products operating under Rule IX.1(b)(i) and designated New Zealand as the Member responsible for appointing the Chairman of the Committee.

due to lack of a quorum, was unable to endorse proposed changes to its Rules of Procedure (Rule II - Officers) and requested the Legal Counsels of FAO and WHO to consider in detail the issues related to the amendment of the Rules of Procedure and to prepare proposals for future consideration.

adopted amendments to the General Principles of the Codex Alimentarius - Acceptances, to simplify the acceptance procedure and adopted new, uniform Procedures for the Elaboration of Codex Standards and Related Texts which include provisions for accelerated elaboration procedures.

adopted Maximum Residue Limits for 18 pesticides and for 5 veterinary drugs in foods.

requested the Codex Committee on Pesticide Residues to examine the relationship between draft Maximum Residue Limits proposed to the Commission for adoption and the conditions of Good Agricultural Practices, Acceptable Daily Intake and Estimated Maximum Daily Intake using risk assessment principles.

endorsed the establishment of a separate list of extraneous or environmental maximum residue limits for pesticides no longer in agricultural use, these limits to be based on contamination monitoring principles.

agreed to hold the maximum residue limits for Trenbolone acetate at Step 8 of its Procedure along with those for other growth-promoting hormones until such time as guidance would be obtained from the Committee on General Principles on the status of science in Codex policies and procedures.

adopted Terms of Reference for the Codex Committee on Food Import and Export Inspection and Certification Systemsand agreed that the Committee should continue to meet in the future with the understanding that it should exercise caution in setting its programme of work.

agreed to maintain the Terms of Reference of the Codex Committee on Tropical Fresh Fruit and Vegetables as currently drafted pending the outcome of further consultations between the Commission though its Executive Committee and the Secretariats of Codex, FAO and the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) on future cooperation between Codex and the UNECE Working Party on Standardization of Perishable Produce and Quality Development.

endorsed proposals aimed at making a more effective distribution of Codex documents in developing countries and providing guidance for Codex Contact Points.

endorsed the view that Codex meetings should be open to the public and to the press to the greatest extent possible and asked for a revision of the Codex Guidelines governing public and press attendance at Codex sessions.

adopted 8 new Codex Standards, 6 new Codex of Practice, and 4 other guidelines and texts of an advisory nature.

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Summary and Conclusions

Adoption of the Provisional Agenda and Timetable

Election of Officers of the Commission

Report by the Chairman of the Commission on the 39th and 40th Sessions of the Executive Committee

Membership of the Codex Alimentarius Commission

Progress Report on Acceptances of Codex Standards and Codex Maximum Limits for Pesticide Residues, and on the Implementation of the Code of Ethics for International Trade in Food

Report on the Financial Situation of the Joint FAO/WHO Food Standards Programme for 1992/93 and 1994/5

Report on the Activities of FAO and WHO Relative to the Work of the Commission

Report on Activities of Other International Organizations Working on Standardization of Food and Related Matters

Report on the Uruguay Round of Multilateral Trade Negotiations in Relation to Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures and the Agreement (1991) on Technical Barriers to Trade

Consumer Involvement in Decision-Making in Relation to Food Standards and the Joint FAO/WHO Food Standards Programme

Risk Assessment Procedures Used by the Codex Alimentarius Commission, and its Subsidiary and Advisory Bodies

Conversion of Codex Regional Standards to World-Wide Standards-Progress Report

Medium-Term Programme of Work 1993–1998

Status of the FAO/WHO Committee of Government Experts on the Code of Principles Concerning Milk and Milk Products

Codex Committee on General Principles

Codex Coordinating Committee for Africa

Codex Coordinating Committee for Asia

Codex Coordinating Committee for Europe

Codex Coordinating Committee for Latin American and the Caribbean

Codex Coordinating Committee for North America and the South-West Pacific

Codex Committee on Pesticide Residues

Codex Committee on Residues of Veterinary Drugs in Foods

Codex Committee on Food Labelling

Codex Committee on Food Additives and Contaminants

Codex Committee on Food Hygiene

Codex Committee on Methods of Analysis and Sampling

Codex Committee on Food Import and Export Inspection and Certification Systems

Codex Committee on Nutrition and Foods for Special Dietary Uses

Codex Committee on Meat Hygiene

Codex Committee on Tropical Fresh Fruits and Vegetables

Codex Committee on Fish and Fishery Products

Codex Committee on Cereals, Pulses and Legumes

Codex Committee on Processed Fruits and Vegetables

Codex Committee on Fats and Oils

Codex Committee on Sugars

Codex Committee on Vegetable Proteins

Codex Committee on Cocoa Products and Chocolate

Codex Committee on Soups and Broths

Codex Committee on Edible Ices

Codex Committee on Processed Meat and Poultry

Codex Committee on Natural Mineral Waters

Future Work

Provisional Timetable of Codex Sessions 1994-95

Other Business


Appendix 1List of Participants
Appendix 2 Opening Remarks by Dr. Fernando S. Antezana Assistant Director-General, WHO
  Statement of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
  Reply by the Chairman of the Codex Alimentarius Commission to the Opening Statements made by the Assistant Director-General of WHO and the Director of the Food Policy and Nutrition Division of FAO
Appendix 3 Medium Term Programme of Work 1993-98
Appendix 4 Procedures for the Elaboration of Codex Standards and Related Texts
  List of Member Countries