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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

Codex Trust Fund / New project launched in El Salvador and Guatemala

On 19 and 21 July, El Salvador and Guatemala celebrated the launch of the group Codex Trust Fund project “Food safety and the Codex Alimentarius: impact on productivity and public health in El Salvador and Guatemala.” The launch took place in the presence of the Minister for the Economy (MINEC) and President of the National Quality Council, María Luisa Hayem Brevé, the Director of the Salvadoran Agency for Technical Regulation (OSARTEC), Zaida Guzmán, Codex Secretary Tom Heilandt, and Vice President [...]
29 July 2022

Avocado Packing Company in Peru raises food safety awareness in a day of fun for staff

The Avocado Packing Company S.A.C. of the Mission South & Central America group celebrated "World Food Safety Day" this year with the motto: "Safe food, better health". Celebrations consisted of sending different flyers to company staff, as well as inviting staff to participate in the "World of Safety" game. This consisted of answering questions related to food safety to advance in the game. Notebooks and pens were given out as prizes for correct answers. The questions were prepared according to the [...]
26 July 2022

Employee training at Brazilian food processing company improves food safety awareness

On World Food Safety Day, a food marketing and distribution company, Via Rovigo, based in the city of Sertãozinho, São Paulo in Brazil, devised a range of activities and actions to improve food safety awareness within the company’s facilities. The day was widely promoted throughout the facility and informational posters and a “food safety tips board” were also displayed. Following a World Food Safety Day toast to start the celebration, employees were introduced to some fun activities involving gouache paint and [...]
23 June 2022

Guyana celebrated World Food Safety Day

The National Codex Committee (NCC) in Guyana coordinated, with support from the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and funding from the Codex Trust Fund, several activities in keeping with the theme of World Food Safety Day 2022 – Safer food, better health. On June 07 2022, the Guyana Food Safety Authority (GFSA) officially launched World Food Safety Day in Guyana. The ceremony was hosted by the Ministry of Agriculture (MoA) and collaborated with the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), [...]
23 June 2022

In Ecuador, the Health Department of the Municipality of Quito commemorates World Food Safety Day

Ecuador celebrated the World Food Safety Day this 7 June, to highlight actions to ensure food safety throughout the entire food chain in order to prevent, detect and manage transmitted risks by food, contributing to food security, human health, economic prosperity, agriculture, market access, tourism and sustainable development. This year's theme being "Safer food, better health", access to safe food is essential for the health and well-being of people, animals and the environment; with the national and local governments playing [...]
23 June 2022

World Food Safety Day in Jamaica

The fourth celebration of World Food Safety Day in Jamaica was organized by the National Codex Committee, under the theme, “Safer Food, Better Health”. A set of activities took place in the week of World Food Safety Day. The launch event entitled “Unified Defence”, took place on 7 June and included messages from the Honourable Minister Pearnel Charles Jr., Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries and the Honourable Minister Dr. Norman Dunn, Ministry of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Elizabeth Johnson, Representative for [...]
22 June 2022

Authorities and experts discuss food safety in Dominican Republic

In collaboration with the Institute of Nutrition of Central America and Panama (INCAP), the Ministry of Public Health of the Dominican Republic held a World Food Safety Day webinar on 7 June 2022. The webinar included talks on the “Importance of safety in health and the role of FAO” by Marisa Caipo, FAO Food Safety and Quality Officer, and on “Good practices for food safety in the INABIE School Feeding Program” by Luz Josefina Felipe García, Head of the Food Quality [...]
21 June 2022

In Peru, authorities organize a World Food Safety Day walk to raise awareness

The General Directorate of Environmental Health and Food Safety (DIGESA), of the Ministry of Health (MINSA), culminated its week of educational World Food Safety Day activities with a "Walk and informative fair to raise awareness about the importance of food safety", which began at the DIGESA facilities and ended at the Pedro Ruiz Gallo Park in the District of Lince in Lima, Peru. Various organizations involved in this important issue met at the DIGESA facilities to start the walk, in which, [...]
19 June 2022

School in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and PANAFTOSA-VPH-PAHO/WHO launch an awareness campaign

The Escola Dom Cipriano Chagas in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in collaboration with PANAFTOSA-VPH-PAHO/WHO launched an awareness campaign to mark the World Food Safety Day last 2nd of June. The School is part of the Favela Orgânica initiative that originated in the Babilônia and Chapéu Mangueira communities in Rio de Janeiro. This initiative aims at teaching children concepts for conscious consumption, healthy gastronomy, homemade composting and family farming. The celebration included lectures on food safety and the five keys for [...]
16 June 2022

A run for food safety in El Salvador

The Salvadoran Agency for Technical Regulation (OSARTEC), an institution that is part of the National Quality Council, responsible for coordinating the participation of El Salvador in the development of International Food Standards emanating from the FAO/WHO Codex Alimentarius Commission, in celebration of the World Day of Food Safety, carried out a sports event, under the motto "Safe food, better health". This activity was carried out thanks to the support of the FAO/WHO Codex Alimentarius Trust Fund, the PAHO/WHO Representation in El [...]
16 June 2022

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CCLAC Secretariat

Agencia de Regulación y Control Fito y Zoosanitaria AGROCALIDAD
Avenida Eloy Alfaro y Amazonas

Email: [email protected]