REPORT OF THE TWENTIETH SESSION
JOINT FAO/WHO CODEX ALIMENTARIUS COMMISSION
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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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
Provisional Timetable of Codex Sessions 1994-95
|Appendix 1||List 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|