Trade and markets
 

Detail

Area
Bilateral/Multilateral
Commodity Group
Oilseeds, oils and meals
Commodity
Fish oil
Date
01/07/2017
Policy Category
Other
Policy Instrument
WTO/FAO Codex Alimentarius Commission
Description
Issued a detailed standard for fish oil intended for human consumption, including provisions for differentiating certain wild origin fish oils from their farmed counterparts.
Notes
The WTO/FAO Codex Alimentarius Commission issued its first standard for fish oil. The detailed standard, which applies to fish oil intended for human consumption, includes provisions for differentiating certain wild origin fish oils from their farmed counterparts. The Commission committed to monitoring the application of the new standard with respect to oil authenticity and traceability (in particular regarding fatty acid profiles) and to implications for trade. The Commission also deliberated on modifications to a number of existing or draft standards concerning oilcrops and derived products, viz.: the standard for olive oils and olive pomace oils; the standard for fat spreads and blended spreads; the standards for both named and unspecified vegetable oils (concerning, specifically, groundnut oil, rice brain oil, high-oleic palm oil, virgin palm oil, crude palmkernel oil, sunflowerseed oil, flaxseed oil and selected fruit/treenut oils); the Asian standards for tempe and non-fermented soybean products; and the African standard for unrefined shea butter.