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The CCLAC Region - Regional Coordinator Ecuador


In 1976 a Coordinating Committee for Latin America, established by the 10th Codex Alimentarius Commission in 1974, held its first meeting in Rome with eight countries from the region in attendance. At its third session a proposal was made to change the name of the committee to its current form (Coordinating Committee for Latin America and the Caribbean) as this better reflected the membership of the region. In 1984 at its 31st session, the Executive Committee, acting on behalf of the Commission, agreed to this change.

The region of Latin America and the Caribbean is an important actor in the production and trade of food at a global level. The region produces enough food to supply itself and to export, with both water and land resources to produce even more.

The region has enormous natural wealth, a flourishing agricultural industry and a family farming sector that is essential for its population. The promotion and strengthening of food safety must be continued at the level of all regions to guarantee the health of consumers and fair and equitable trade.

The coordinator, Ecuador is based in AGROCALIDAD an agency attached to the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock. They aim to create synergies between countries in the region, to provide mutual support in order to overcome regional problems and examine solutions to common challenges.

The coordinator further aims to strengthen collaboration among countries and strengthen the participation of developing countries in the Commission and its subsidiary bodies.


News from the region

World Food Safety Day symposium in Ecuador for manufacturing and export

Ecuadorian food consulting firm, Estrategia, is organizing a World Food Safety Day symposium entitled “Food symposium for manufacturing and export (Simposio Alimentario para la Fabricación y Exportación (SAFE)”. The full-day event on 7 June will include speakers presenting subjects such as Microbial tests for food safety controls HACCP in the food industry Innovation, design and management of new food microbiology products Safety in agricultural practices Requirements for the export of food Microplastics as emerging contaminants in food Integrated pest management versus safety Experimental design in the food area Illnesses transmitted [...]
07 June 2022

Mexico’s Universidad Ducens will host a Facebook live event for World Food Safety Day

The Agrifood Quality department at Universidad Ducens in Mexico is hosting a Facebook live discussion for World Food Safety Day, in collaboration with the Jesús Oviedo Pérez Technological School Foundation. International HACCP Alliance Lead Instructor and Agrifood quality expert, David A. Delgado Herrera will be joined by guests from Uruguay and Colombia’s Technological School Foundation of Neiva. Date & time: 7 June, 18:00 Mexico time (8 June 03:00 CET) Read more: Join the event:  
07 June 2022

Food safety training for agricultural students in Peru

A World Food Safety Day Facebook live event has been organized by the Universidad Nacional Agraria La Molina in Peru. The 7 June symposium will last from 17:00-21:30 local time (midnight to 04:30 CET on 7 June) and is aimed primarily at students, graduates, technicians, professionals and any interested members of the public who want to learn more about the mandatory safety system in Peru. The programme involves contributors from the public and private sectors and academia, with consumers represented by [...]
07 June 2022

Local food safety expo planned in the Bahamas

The Bahamas Agricultural Health and Food Safety Authority (BAHFSA) is planning World Food Safety Day events starting on 4 June at the Marathon Mall. The local event will involve a showcase of poster finalists, free “health checks”, a food safety display and “prizes and surprises”. This all-day event is the first of a series of events planned to raise awareness about food safety in the Bahamas, leading up to World Food Safety Day itself on 7 June. Date & time: 4 June [...]
04 June 2022

Codex Trust Fund / El Salvador and Guatemala web seminar for Codex Contact Points

The Codex Trust Fund supports more effective engagement of developing and transition economy countries in the Codex system. Participants including government officials, private sector, academia and consumer groups from El Salvador and Guatemala took part in a web training on 15 and 17 March 2022 to learn from neighbouring countries in the region, Chile and Costa Rica, good practices for efficient management of a Codex Contact Point. Read the full story on the Salvadoran Technical Regulatory Agency OSARTEC website Learn more about the [...]
18 March 2022

New food sources and production / Codex vice-chair Diego Varela learns about plant-based food

On Tuesday 15 February 2022, Diego Varela, Vice-Chairperson of the Codex Alimentarius Commission, visited NotCo, Chile, to learn at firsthand how plant-based products are created. NotCo was established in 2015 and aims to make plant based food look, smell, taste and function like animal based ones. The company uses artificial intelligence to decide how to combine plants to replicate the flavour and texture of animal products whilst maintaining their taste, feel and function. Diego Varela (left) talks to NotCo staff during [...]
24 February 2022

El Salvador / Preparation of Annual Plan of National Codex Program 2022 begins

The Codex El Salvador Contact Point, represented by the Salvadoran Organization for Technical Regulation OSARTEC, in a follow-up to the subscription of the Strategic Plan of the National Codex Program 2022-2024 carried out in September 2021, is developing the “Workshop for the Preparation of the Annual Plan of the National Codex 2022 Programme”. The objective of the workshop is the discussion and contributions to the Proposal of the Annual Plan of the National Codex Program 2022 with the government, private, academic [...]
30 November 2021

Codex Trust Fund / Project Launched to Promote Food Safety Standards for a Healthier Guyana

Guyana launched its Codex Trust Fund (CTF) Project on 6 October, 2021 following a two-day training programme for the National Codex Committee (NCC) members. The launch, which was held at the Cara Lodge in Georgetown, was marked by the presence of Dr. Leslie Ramsammy, Advisor to the Minister of Health, Dr. Richard Blair, Advisor on CARICOM Agriculture Food Systems, Ms. Carol Thomas, Guyana’s CTF Project Consultant (Semester 1), Dr. Jean Seme Fils Alexandre, Representative from PAHO/WHO, Mr. Wilmot Garnett, IICA [...]
19 October 2021

El Salvador / CONACODEX signs Strategic Plan of the National Codex Program

On 23 September 2021 the Strategic Plan of the National Codex Alimentarius Program was signed by the members of the National Codex Committee – CONACODEX – in the presence of the President of the National Quality Council, Maria Luisa Hayem Brevé, Dr. Carlos Gabriel Alvarenga, Vice Minister of Health Management and Development, Dr. Giovanni Escalante representing PAHO / WHO in El Salvador, and Lic. Raúl Peralta, Regional Director of Food Safety, of the International Regional Organization for Agricultural Health (OIRSA), [...]
24 September 2021

Chile’s food safety agency holds three World Food Safety events – for three different demographic groups

For World Food Safety Day 2021, Chile’s Agency for Food Safety and Quality (ACHIPIA) organized three events aimed at three very specific demographic groups: women, the elderly and children. On 7 June, Chile’s Minister of Agriculture, María Emilia Undurraga; the FAO representative in Chile, Eve Crowley; and the Executive Secretary of ACHIPIA, Nuri Gras, opened ACHIPIA’s World Food Safety Day celebrations with introductions to the first webinar, which was entitled “Mujeres e Inocuidad Alimentaria: muchas nueces, poco ruido.” The event focused [...]
21 July 2021
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