The First Session
of the Codex Ad Hoc Intergovernmental Task Force on Foods Derived from Biotechnology
reached the following conclusions:
MATTERS FOR CONSIDERATION BY THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE AND/OR
THE CODEX ALIMENTARIUS COMMISSION
The Task Force agreed to report to the
Executive Committee for approval as new work at Step 1 the following work plan:
elaboration of major texts, namely:
- A set of
broad general principle for risk analysis of foods derived from biotechnology
(precise title still to be determined);
- Specific guidance on the risk assessment
of foods derived from biotechnology (precise title still to be determined) (para.
- preparation of a list of available analytical
methods including those for the detection or identification of foods or food ingredients
derived from biotechnology (para. 32).
OTHER MATTERS OF INTEREST TO THE COMMISSION
- decided to establish two open-ended Ad Hoc Working Groups,
- Ad Hoc Working Group, to be
chaired by Japan, to develop texts mentioned in (a) above (The Working Group is
planned to meet twice before the Second Session of the Task Force)(para. 35);
Ad Hoc Working Group, to be chaired by Germany, to compile a list of analytical
methods mentioned in (b) above (The Working Group will hold a half-day meeting
immediately prior to the Second Session of the Task Force)(para. 36).
welcomed the initiative of FAO and WHO to convene an expert consultation to support
the scientific aspects of its work and agreed upon five specific questions for
which scientific advice of the expert consultation would be sought for. (paras.
37, 38; Appendix III)