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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

A safe breakfast on World Food Safety Day for Chilean vineyard

At the Vina el Rosal vineyard in Chile, World Food Safety Day was celebrated an activity called "Having Breakfast with Safety". The event was successfully carried out 9 June with the theme, "Food Standards Save Lives". The Safety Team at the vineyard gave participatory seminar sessions with all those who work and contribute to obtaining a safe and quality product for customers.z “Continuous improvement is our commitment in the wine industry,” said the organizers. The day emphasized the importance of standards that [...]
20 June 2023

Costa Rica Ministry of Economy, Industry and Commerce marks World Food Safety Day

On 5 June, the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock of Costa Rica (MEIC), joined the celebration of World Food Safety Day, in a high-level event with political, technical and industry-level decision makers from across the country. The following day, 6 June, the building of the Ministry of Economy, Industry and Commerce of Costa Rica was lit up in orange to mark not only World Food Safety Day, but also the 60th anniversary of the Codex Alimentarius Commission (CAC) “as a visual [...]
19 June 2023

Academia, government, producers and consumers discuss food standards in World Food Safety Day event in Panama

In a 3-hour event at the Technological University of Panama (La Universidad Tecnológica de Panamá, UTP Panama) on 13 June, the Consumer Protection and Defense of Competition Authority (Autoridad de Protección al Consumidor y Defensa de la Competencia,  ACODECO), the Ministry of Health (MINSA), the National Association of Poultry Farmers of Panama (Asociación Nacional de Avicultores de Panamà, ANAVIP), the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and the Chamber of Commerce all celebrated World Food Safety Day. The panel of guests for [...]
19 June 2023

World Food Safety Day at Panama university looks at the chemistry of food safety

The Masters programme in Chemical Sciences with emphasis in Food Safety of the Faculty of Science at the Autonomous University of Chiriquí in Panama, in addition to exhibitions, videos and a radio address, held its 3rd annual Conference on Chemical Residues In Food, Their Impact On Food Safety And Security. The event was held on 7 June to mark World Food Safety Day. The conference heard five speakers on "Chemical Residues in Food, their Impact on Safety and Food Safety" under [...]
19 June 2023

World Food Safety Day lessons on foodborne diseases for students in Colombia

In Colombia, students studying food safety at the Fundación Universitaria Agraria commemorated World Food Safety Day over the course of May and June, attending lectures and taking part in a food safety quiz. A video interview was also produced and an information dissemination campaign was deployed through brochures. The lectures addressed topics around foodborne diseases, with Dr Lina Suzana Perez Mora speaking with Dr Maria Izabel Merino about food safety for health, with Louro Juliano Rincon Chisino MSc on case studies [...]
14 June 2023

Together for food safety in Brazil on World Food Safety Day

Cookery Students of the "Solidarity Kitchens" programme of the non-profit organization, Gastromotiva, participated in an initiative promoted by the Pan American Center for Foot-and-Mouth Disease and Veterinary Public Health of the Pan American Health Organization (PANAFTOSA) and the World Health Organization, framed within the activities organized for World Food Safety Day, which is celebrated every 7 June. Participants received guidelines and recommendations on good practices in food handling and correct hand hygiene to avoid cross-contamination to prevent foodborne illnesses from PANAFTOSA [...]
14 June 2023

Students celebrate World Food Safety Day in Suriname

To promote food safety the Department of Agriculture Production of the Anton the Kom University of Suriname celebrated World Food Safety Day with an on-campus ‘Food Safety Day Event’. This day was dedicated to bringing awareness and sharing knowledge with other interested persons, including staff and students of the university, on Food safety aspects and also highlight some information on chemical contamination in food. There was also a fundraising activity carried out for students’ ongoing research projects.  The event was organized by [...]
14 June 2023

Safe food packaging a focus of World Food Safety Day in Ecuador

With the message that food standards play a key role in any production process, the Ecuadorian packaging company FESA held a World Food Safety Day event for its staff on 7 June. Staff were invited to a food safety talk at the facility and a raffle was held where a number of employees won products produced by FESA customers. Throughout, the message was: Food standards save lives   Photo © FESAECUADOR
13 June 2023

Staff at Brazilian food distributor all play their part in keeping food safe on World Food Safety Day

Brazilian food marketing and distribution company Via Rovigo organized a range of activities for staff on World Food Safety Day to raise awareness about the role they play in ensuring the food they are responsible for remains safe. Every one of 140 members of staff at the facility took part in educational question-and-answer games aimed at information sharing around food safety topics and attended a lecture on food safety by food engineer Camila Marques Rodrigues. In addition, there was a commemorative [...]
13 June 2023

Ministry of Commerce and Industries and Technological University of Panama to hold hybrid World Food Safety Day event

The Technological University of Panama (La Universidad Tecnológica de Panamá, UTP Panama) and the Ministry of Commerce and Industries, will hold a conference for World Food Safety Day entitled “Food standards save lives”. Speakers will talk about food safety and healthy eating, and other topics related to the celebration of World Food Safety Day, with the assistance of competent authorities, academic members, national industry, and students. The objective of this activity is to draw attention and inspire action to help prevent, [...]
13 June 2023

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CCLAC Coordinator

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For regional enquiries contact:

CCLAC Secretariat

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

Email: [email protected]