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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 Colombia/ Free webinar on how to prepare for the unexpected

The Latin American and Caribbean Association of Food Science and Technology (ALACCTA) has organized a World Food Safety Day webinar under the theme “Food safety: prepare for the unexpected.” The virtual event will feature food safety experts, who will share their knowledge on how to address challenges in the food industry. The following topics will be addressed: Five key elements to prepare for the unforeseen, with Joaquín Nava, Delcen Group, Mexico Strategies to protect your processing plant against unexpected allergens, Carolina Motto, Argentina Inclusive [...]
07 June 2024

ACT/ Latin America and Caribbean region promotes Codex texts on AMR

The FAO-implemented and Republic of Korea-funded Action to support implementation of Codex AMR Texts (ACT) project aims at “increased recognition and use of Codex standards”. In the Latin America and Caribbean region, one of the activities designed to help achieve this objective is a webinar series which has been devised to increase awareness on Codex standards and associated opportunities and challenges, and topics of interest for the Latin American and the Caribbean region. The sixth webinar in the series  took place [...]
17 May 2024

CCLAC gears up for the coordinating committee with a workshop on Codex etools

A virtual “Codex ABC” training event was held on 3 and 5 April 2024 for the Latin America and Caribbean region (CCLAC), with the support of the Codex Secretariat and the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA), with translation into Spanish, English and French. More than 630 delegates from 27 countries of the region attended. The topics discussed were the principles of Codex and its importance in food safety, fair practices in the food trade and the elaboration of standards. [...]
11 April 2024

Regional CCLAC workshop held on the work of the Codex Alimentarius

  The Codex Coordinating Committee for Latin America and the Caribbean (CCLAC) concluded its "Regional Workshop for the Socialization of the Work of the Codex Alimentarius in the CCLAC Countries 2022-2024", organized by the Regional Coordinator, Ecuador. The purpose of the workshop was to share experiences and activities related to Codex work among the different countries of the region, such as strengthening the capacities of national committees, initiatives to promote inclusiveness within each of the countries, holding events, the participation of [...]
13 March 2024

OIRSA sends anniversary wishes to Codex

As part of its 70th anniversary celebrations, the International Regional Agricultural and Livestock Health Organization (OIRSA) in Latin America took note of the 60th anniversary of the Codex Alimentarius Commission. A birthday message sent by Regional Director of Food Safety at OIRSA, Raúl Peralta, and the organization’s Executive Director, Raúl Antonio Rodas, said: “Codex’s 60th anniversary is a wonderful opportunity to raise awareness about the importance of food safety and quality. OIRSA sends greetings to the Codex Alimentarius. Happy 60th anniversary!” Many [...]
26 November 2023

A year of greater participation in the Latin America and Caribbean region

This year's edition of the CODEX magazine, titled "60 years of standards", is out now! Read some of our articles online and click on the link below to download the full publication. This article by Rommel Betancourt (Ecuador), Regional Coordinator for Latin America and the CaribbeanSince the 22nd session of the FAO/WHO Coordinating Committee for Latin America and the Caribbean (CCLAC22), held virtually in October 2022, the LAC region further strengthened its participation in Codex through seven regional positions adopted during [...]
26 November 2023

ACT in the Plurinational State of Bolivia / Agreement to establish a sectoral AMR committee

The representatives from the Plurinational State of Bolivia discussed the next steps in addressing foodborne antimicrobial resistance (AMR), as part of the “Action to support implementation of Codex AMR texts (ACT)” project. Thirty-five people from different government departments, associations, the private sector and academia met on 23-25 October 2023 in Santa Cruz, Bolivia. “This workshop allowed us to reach commitments among different stakeholders. The participants agreed to establish a sectoral committee for AMR, a laboratory network for AMR in animal health, [...]
14 November 2023

Chile celebrates the 60th anniversary of Codex with a symposium

Chile joined the celebrations for the 60th anniversary of the Codex Alimentarius Commission with the symposium “60 años del Codex Alimentarius, construyendo normas que salvan vidas. La experiencia de Chile”. The celebration was opened by a video on Codex and its mechanisms along with a presentation by Diego Varela, Executive Secretary of ACHIPIA and Vice-President of the Codex Alimentarius Commission. "Codex has been fundamental in the establishment of the production and trade system. This system has allowed for great growth [...]
09 November 2023

Workshop in Honduras promotes safe use and reuse of water

The National Health and Agri-Food Safety Service (SENASA) of Honduras held a workshop to familiarize government officials, industry and academia with the text and tools contained in the guidelines for the safe use and reuse of water in food production and processing, which are up for adoption at the upcoming Codex Alimentarius Commission meeting (CAC46). Work to develop these guidelines for the Codex Committee on Food Hygiene (CCFH) was led by Honduras, together with Chile and the European Union. Mirian Bueno, [...]
25 October 2023

Bolivia / Series of workshops by the National Codex Committee strengthen capacities on Codex

Bolivia's National Codex Alimentarius Committee, with the support of the Codex Trust Fund and PANAFTOSA-PAHO/WHO, conducted a initiative aimed at raising awareness and expertise on Codex standards with a series of workshops held between June and September 2023. The workshops, titled "Strengthening of Capacities in Codex Alimentarius Topics," were held in the cities of Trinidad, Tarija, Sucre, Potosí, and Oruro. The initiative was attended by more than two hundred participants representing various sectors including food Industries, food laboratories, municipal autonomous governments, municipal [...]
11 October 2023
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CCLAC Secretariat

Agencia de Regulación y Control Fito y Zoosanitaria AGROCALIDAD
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