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The CCLAC Region - Regional Coordinator Chile

 

With more than 600 million inhabitants, the Latin America and the Caribbean is one of the areas on the planet with greater diversity not only ethnic, but also social, cultural and demographic.

Economies are largely based on the extraction of natural resources, with mostly petroleum and mining, manufacturing and agricultural industries present in the region.

Over the last decade, the region has experienced deep economic and social transformation, which has lifted millions out of poverty and swelled the ranks of the middle class. Strong economic growth - driven by both domestic reforms and a favorable global economic environment - has been responsible for this progress.

The main official languages in the region are Spanish, English and Portuguese. However, countries are also French and Dutch-speaking.

Of the 46 countries that make up this region, 33 belong to CCLAC and represent 20% of all participating Codex countries.

News from the region

Food safety is a fundamental element for the life and health of the human race

Today at an event organised by Codex at FAO HQ in Rome, Ms Geannina Dinarte Romero, Minister for Economy, Industry and Commerce of Costa Rica, called on countries to support the initiative for a World Food Safety Day that would signal the right for all people to have access to safe and nutritious food in sufficient quantity.  There can be no food security, no zero hunger without food safety The Director-General of FAO Mr José Graziano da Silva, opening the meeting, stated [...]
07 December 2017

CCFICS 23rd Session - co-hosted in Mexico

Safe food to consumers should not be compromised regardless of the economic standing of the country. Greg Read is First Assistant Secretary in the Exports Division of the Australian Department of Agriculture and Water Resources and also chair of the Codex Committee on Food Import and Export Inspection and Certification Systems (CCFICS).  Q: How does CCFICS work to ensure fair trading practices and facilitate international trade in foodstuffs, protecting at the same time the health of consumers? Read: CCFICs has developed a large [...]
30 April 2017

Codex Contaminants Committee meeting in Rio

Contaminants are substances that have not been intentionally added to food. They can occur naturally and enter the food while a crop is growing. They can form during manufacturing, handling, storage, processing or distribution. Or they can enter the food from the environment, through our water, the air or soil. The Contaminants Committee establishes or endorses permitted maximum levels or guidelines levels for contaminants and naturally occurring toxicants in food and feed. Nearly 50 countries are expected at this 11th session which [...]
03 April 2017

Chile - Raising consumer awareness about safe and nutritious food

The Codex Chairperson Mrs Awilo Ochieng Pernet and the Codex Secretary Mr Tom Heilandt met with the communications team from the Chilean Agency for Food Safety and Quality (ACHIPIA) to learn about the Chilean experience in raising consumer awareness about the importance of food safety and nutrition. Everyone's responsibility With the Agency’s motto being “Safe and nutritious foods, everyone’s responsibility”, ACHIPIA has set out to explain to the general public not only the Chilean national food safety and quality control system, but [...]
24 November 2016

Codex Regional Meeting begins in Chile

These meetings provide an incredibly important opportunity for dynamic discussion on major and emerging food safety and quality issues facing the region. Dr Kazuaki Miyagishima - WHO The 20th meeting of the Codex Regional Committee for Latin America and the Caribbean (CCLAC) began today in Viña del Mar, Chile. Nearly 100 delegates from the 33 countries in the region are attending as well as Codex representatives from Canada, Switzerland and the United States. Codex Regions There are six Codex regions each represented by a joint [...]
21 November 2016

Bolivia symposium: the work of Codex in food safety

In order to strengthen the Codex Alimentarius work in Bolivia, the Bolivian Codex Commitee (CNCA) organized a 2 day symposium involving country authorities, food producers, laboratory experts, exporters, universities, consumers and the Chair of Codex Alimentarius Mrs. Awilo Ochieng Pernet. The symposium demonstrated the work of Codex in Food Safety. First visit of Codex Chair to Bolivia Held earlier this month, the CNCA workshop successfully highlighted the importance of Food Safety and the relevance of Codex work in the country. For this [...]
21 October 2016

Codex Training Workshop

Chilean Agency for Food Safety and Quality ACHIPIA Thursday May 14, 2015 - Santiago, Chile The Codex training workshop was organized by the Secretariat of the National Committee of Codex, in response to a request that emerged in the National Codex Committee (NCC), based on the need to reaffirm the knowledge on the functioning of Codex, both for members of the CNC and for the coordinators of the the National Codex Subcommittees. Download details (Sp)
20 May 2015
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World Health Day in Peru

The Codex Secretariat in Peru has put together a wonderful video from World Health Day on April 7th which exactly captures the spirit the work Standard setting and Codex does in contributing to #safefood. You will see some familiar Codex faces and many of those who work behind the scenes in Peru. Importantly, the video also captures stall holders and vendors at work - all part of the process of ensuring that food is in every home safely.
17 April 2015

Costa Rica & Belize: 2 is better than 1

Belize Internship in Costa Rica. Within the framework of twinning project of CCLAC and with the support of the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA), in November 2014, three officials visited Costa Rica from Belize for the purpose of perform an internship to receive a training on management and planning of Codex Alimentarius. This internship was aimed at: Strengthening the management capabilities of the contact point and the Belize National Codex Committee, through an exchange of experiences between Costa Rica and Belize. Identifying [...]
07 April 2015