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The CCNASWP Region - Regional Coordinator Fiji

The 18th session of the Codex Alimentarius Commission, held in 1989, agreed to establish a new Coordinating Committee for North America and the South West Pacific, bringing together, in the words of the New Zealand delegation "far flung countries ... which have many common interests".

CCNASWP is a remarkably diverse region combining fully mature economies such as the USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand with 10 small island states. The largest of these is Papua New Guinea (population over 7 million) and the smallest, the Cook Islands and Nauru with populations of around 10 000.

The regional coordinator is based within the Fijian Ministry of Agriculture.

Fiji looks forward to applying standards at the national level and supporting all countries in the region, especially the small island developing states, to establish a sound policy framework for food safety. These initiatives will support improvements in public health, ensure that imported food is safe and of the expected quality and develop increased access to international markets.

The regional coordinator will continue supporting work on regional standards and seeks to strengthen participation of the region in Codex in general. This can be achieved by continuing to develop capacity at the national level by enhancing the role of national coordinators and contact points for increased and effective participation in Codex

 


News from the region

South-West Pacific region creates local hub in Canberra for CCEXEC82

The 82nd meeting of the Codex Executive Committee (CCEXEC) is being held virtually from 20 to 30 June 2022. However, representatives from the South West Pacific region met in person ahead of the meeting to prepare for and participate in the meeting from a single location. The Regional Coordinator for CCNASWP, Vinesh Kumar from Fiji, accompanied by Fiji’s Codex Contact Point, Susana Levula, travelled to Canberra, Australia, to join the Member for the South West Pacific, Tekon Timothy Tumukon of Vanuatu [...]
23 June 2022

Codex Fiji organizes Word Food Safety Day event for schools and other stakeholders

The National Codex Committee (NCC) of Fiji organized a nation-wide World Food Safety Day awareness event this year, for which the Honourable Minister for Agriculture and the Permanent Secretary to the Ministry of Agriculture delivered statements. The event also included booths and a school oratory contest, as well as some presentations by the NCC itself, to explain the importance of Codex. Other attendees included more than 150 representatives of institutions, government and NGOs. The Minister for Agriculture, Waterways and the Environment, Mahendra [...]
23 June 2022

Canada’s Reseau Alimentaire will hold a lunchtime World Food Safety Day discussion

The Reseau Alimentaire de l’Est de Montréal (RAEM) has organized a lunchtime discussion about "Food safety: our plate is the best witness!" to which experts have been invited for an “enriching discussion” about how to understand the importance of food safety to health.  The aim is to “feed your mind as well as your stomach.” Organizers wish to promote a sense of collective learning to encourage collective change in food safety habits. Date & time: 16 June 12:00-13:00 Montreal (18:00-19:00 CEST) Register  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScrthQQHUQCsEKwBAdW8O0icKmjZT8AckH0AoNIdrm6WxZycA/viewform Read more Facebook [...]
16 June 2022

Global food safety interconnectivity the subject of co-hosted event from the United States of America and Australia

In collaboration with Environmental Health Australia (EHA), the National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) of the United States of America will present a series of live discussions for World Food Safety Day, with regulators from around the world. The discussions will explore the interconnectivity of food safety and how food is kept safe in communities across the globe. NEHA President and Registered Environmental Health Specialist, Roy Kroeger, said "June 7 is World Food Safety Day. This day reminds us that we all [...]
07 June 2022

In the United States, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Food and Drug Administration get behind World Food Safety Day

National Center for Environmental Health in the Division of Environmental Health Science and Practice at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the United States publicized World Food Safety Day and the Guide for organizers through its Environmental Health Nexus newsletter. The newsletter was released in Spanish and English. On June 7, the Twitter handle of the National Center for Environmental Health/Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (NCEH/ATSDR) posted awareness messages about eating safely after an emergency or disaster [...]
01 July 2021

Papua New Guinea launches World Food Safety Day celebrations

Papua New Guinea’s World Food Safety Day celebrations were launched a week before the day itself, on 2 June at Iarowari Agro Technical School. “It’s my business, it’s your business, and it’s our business to ensure the food we produce and consume is safe,” attendees were told. Later, on 8 June, representatives from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) joined celebrations, which included a visit to Wardstrip Primary School and KilaKila Secondary School. The main focus [...]
22 June 2021

Fiji’s Ministry of Agriculture embraces World Food Safety Day

On 7 June this year, the Fijian Ministry of Agriculture dedicated itself to ensuring its staff and the general public were not only aware of World Food Safety Day but also that they understood the significance of ensuring food safety “to inspire action to help prevent, detect and manage foodborne risks.” The Ministry, which is home to the country’s National Codex Alimentarius Committee, involved every department from accounts and human resources to animal health and agricultural statistics, in celebrating World Food [...]
21 June 2021

Amy Proulx of Niagara College, Canada, writes on her experience of the North American Food Safety Summit

Over the past 2 days, June 7 and 8, 2021, food safety leaders from across North America joined the North American Food Safety Summit, and I had the privilege of being one of the hosts for the event along with my friend, Dr Darin Detwiler at Northeastern University. Setting up a web cam feed that works for camera angles and manages all the scripts and notes effectively takes creativity. To get a good camera angle, I set up a step [...]
10 June 2021

Australia kicks off World Food Safety Day with a global outlook

One of the first World Food Safety Day events this year took place in Australia in an event jointly hosted by Environmental Health Australia (EHA) and the National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) of the United States of America. The aim of the event was, over a 24-hour period, to talk with food safety regulators from around the world to get an idea of the different – and similar – challenges, approaches and practices encountered in different countries. The Australian half of [...]
09 June 2021

USA and Australia to host a marathon Facebook live event for World Food Safety Day!

Environmental Health Australia (EHA) and the National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) in the USA have teamed up to host a 24-hour live event for World Food Safety Day. “Have you ever wondered what food safety looks like in other countries?” they are asking prospective viewers – and for those who have, there will be answers from all over the world. The Facebook live event will kick off with an opening address from Frank Yiannas, Deputy Commissioner for Food Policy and Response [...]
06 June 2021
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CCNASWP Coordinator

All information on Codex is public and free.

For regional enquiries contact:

CCNASWP Secretariat

Ministry of Agriculture
Private Mail Bag
Hugh Robinson Complex
Raiwaqa, Suva.

Email: [email protected]
Web: www.agriculture.gov.fj