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The CCAFRICA Region - Regional Coordinator Uganda

The ‘Coordinating Committee for Africa’ was established by the Codex Alimentarius Commission in 1972 with a mandate to “exercise general coordination in the preparation of standards relating to the region of Africa”. The committee held its first meeting at FAO in 1974, with 19 countries in attendance.

As the new regional coordinator begins their term, the Agreement of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), which came into effect in May 2020, has reinforced the need for an efficient and effective system for managing sanitary and phytosanitary measures, in particular food safety, across the continent as its borders open for trade.

The regional coordinator is based in the Uganda National Bureau of Standards, a statutory body under the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Co-operatives which oversees, as part of its mandate, the promotion and use of standards.

As regional coordinator, Uganda intends to engage closely with countries via surveys, webinars and workshops to identify needs and emerging issues, create awareness of priority food safety issues and of Codex standards. A pilot study will also explore the food safety situation in broader terms across the region. By strengthening engagement with regional bodies such as the African Union, the African Organisation for Standardisation and the African Continental Free Trade Area Secretariat, Uganda also aims to enhance advocacy work in the region.

 


News from the region

Quality assurance company in Ghana celebrates World Food Safety Day

In Ghana, for World Food Safety Day, the quality assurance consultancy Safeforia produced educational material and a video for dissemination on social media. For this campaign, the company produced a series of social media cards, each one with a call to action aimed at a different sector of society. Their message to consumers was: “Contribute by practicing safe food handling like washing of hands with potable water before cooking and after visiting the toilet, washing food well before cooking, keeping foods [...]
23 June 2022

World Food Safety Day in Sudan

On the occasion of the World Food Safety Day 2022, WHO – Eastern Mediterranean Regional Office\ Regional Center for Environmental Health Action in collaboration with the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, International Food Safety Authorities Network (INFOSAN), WHO country office in Sudan and Central Public Health Laboratory- WHO Collaborating Center for Emerging and Re-Emerging Infections in Oman delivered a three days virtual training from 6-8 June on foodborne diseases outbreak investigation to 19 public health professionals from the [...]
23 June 2022

Raising the profile of food safety in Chad

The Cabinet d’Expertise Six Sigma, a food safety awareness organization in Chad, held a series of World Food Safety Day events in efforts to raise the profile of food safety in the country. The events ranged from film viewings and speeches to conversations with people who have had foodborne disease, and with restaurateurs who talked about their food safety priorities. The organization recorded these conversations and distributed awareness videos, and they invited the media to attend their events. In national TV coverage, [...]
21 June 2022

Nigerian authorities spread the word about food safety

In Nigeria, the Federal Ministry of Health, in collaboration with the National Food Safety Management Committee, organized a ministerial press briefing with the Honourable Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, MD, FWACS to mark this year’s World Food Safety Day. The 7 June briefing was followed by hybrid virtual and in-person panel discussions on topical issues, under the title “Safer food for better health in Nigeria - the role of governments (federal and states), development partners, experts, private sector and the [...]
20 June 2022

SADC Member States trained on the use and application of Codex e-tools

By Hakim Mufumbiro Regional Coordinator for the African Region A total of 12 Member States within the SADC - Southern African Development Community (Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe) as well as the SADC Secretariat participated virtually in an online training on the Codex Electronic Working Group Platform and Online Commenting System from 25 to 27 May 2022, as one of the capacity building activities to enhance the skills and knowledge of stakeholders in [...]
19 June 2022

Continent-wide and country-level cooperation key to ensuring food safety in Africa

The regional offices for Africa of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the World Health Organization (WHO) hosted a webinar on 14 June 2022 in collaboration with the World Food Programme (WFP) and the Codex Alimentarius Coordinating Committee for Africa (CCAFRICA). In addition to the co-hosts, nine speakers addressed different aspects of the multifaceted issue of food safety across the African continent. The event was ably moderated by the African Union Food Safety Officer, John Oppong-Otoo, [...]
16 June 2022

Ghana launches food safety policy as part of World Food Safety Day celebrations

As part of its month-long celebrations of World Food Safety Day, the Food and Drugs Authority of Ghana (FDA) will host a webinar to mark the launch of the National Food Safety Policy in the country. The event is co-organized with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the World Food Programme (WFP) and the World Health Organization (WHO). Contributors to the event include the Honourable Kwaku A. Manu, Minister of Health, Barbara Clemens, representative and Country Director [...]
16 June 2022

Details of the World Food Safety Day Africa Region event announced

The regional offices for Africa of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the World Health Organization (WHO) have announced details of their joint World Food Safety Day event. The regional webinar will concentrate on how to ensure safer food for better health in the African region and is organized in collaboration with the World Food Programme (WFP) and the Codex Alimentarius Coordinating Committee for Africa. The 2-and-a-half-hour event will take place on Zoom on 14 June and [...]
14 June 2022

Students in Morocco organize conference for World Food Safety Day

The Club Agroalimentaire of the Faculté des Sciences et Techniques de Tanger organized a World Food Safety Day event this year, in collaboration with the Biotechnology and Biomolecule Engineering Research Team (ERBGB) at the university. The event was a conference under the theme "Safe food for better health" and was held in the presence of agrifood specialists and researchers. As part of the proceedings, a ‘letter of encouragement’ from Markus Lipp, Senior Food Safety Officer at the Food and Agriculture Organization [...]
13 June 2022

Food for All NGO in Benin produces World Food Safety Day video

As part of their World Food Safety Day celebrations the Beninese NGO, Food for All, wanted to raise public awareness on the issue of food safety. Through a video published on YouTube and Facebook they have emphasized the fact that all actors in the food chain, from producer to consumer, have a role to play in ensuring food safety and food hygiene. They also raised awareness about the different types of hazards in food. Watch the video https://youtu.be/uQtcyw_0OHk  
13 June 2022
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CCAFRICA Coordinator

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For regional enquiries contact:

CCAFRICA Secretariat

Uganda National Bureau of Standards

Plot 2 - 12, Bypass Link, Industrial & Business park, Kyaliwajala road,
P.O Box 6329 Kampala, Uganda
Tel: +256 (041) 7333250 / 0417333251 / 0417333252
Email: [email protected]
Web: www.unbs.go.ug