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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

Food standards under the spotlight in Australian World Food Safety Day webinar

The Australian Institute of Food Science and Technology (AIFST) will hold a World Food Safety Day webinar to discuss the importance of food regulation. AIFST CEO Fiona Fleming will host a panel of food scientists including: Todd Redwood, British Standards Institution group (BSI) Robin Sherlock – Safe Food Queensland Nick Fletcher – Food Standards Australia Andrew Mathieson –  Australian National University (ANU) Jasmine Lacis-Lee – Bureau Veritas AsureQuality (BVAQ) Duncan Craig – Australian Food and Grocery Council (AFGC) Each panellist will be asked to give a 2-minute introduction [...]
07 June 2023

CCFICS / Key role in transition to sustainable agriculture says Minister

Murray Watt, Australian Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry and Minister for Emergency Management, speaking via video message, welcomed delegates gathering in Hobart, Tasmania, and online, for the opening of the Codex Committee on Food Import and Export Inspection and Certification Systems (CCFICS) taking place from 1-5 May 2023. Watt said that achieving sustainable productivity growth in agriculture was increasingly critical to meet global food security concerns arising from the world's growing population. It was also vital to deliver on international [...]
01 May 2023

CCFICS / Workshop underlines Codex role in prevention and control of food fraud

By Scott Mersch Codex Contact Point, Australia On 8 February 2023, the Chairperson of the Codex Committee on Food Import and Export Inspection and Certification Systems (CCFICS), Nicola Hinder, Australia, and Michelle Catlin, United States of America, the Chairperson of the Electronic Working Group (EWG), along with EWG Co-Chairpersons, delivered a virtual workshop to discuss progress to date on drafting the guidance on the Prevention and Control of Food Fraud. The draft guidance will be considered at Step 4 by CCFICS26 [...]
10 February 2023

CCNASWP16 / Steve Hathaway describes lessons learned for Codex from the COVID-19 pandemic

At the 16th session of the FAO/WHO Coordinating Committee for North America and the South West Pacific held from 30 January to 3 February 2023 in Nadi, Fiji,  Steve Hathaway, New Zealand, gave the keynote address on lessons learned from the COVID pandemic, which he said had “irrevocably changed international thinking on food control … [and] dramatically illustrated the importance of effective and science driven risk management by all sectors throughout the food chain.” Hathaway went on to outline how the [...]
05 February 2023

CCNASWP / Fiji calls for closer collaboration as FAO/WHO regional meeting gets underway in Nadi

The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Trade, Co-operatives, SMEs and Communications, Hon. Manoa Kamikamica (pictured centre), speaking on behalf of the Prime Minister and the Government of Fiji, opened the 16th Session of the FAO/WHO Coordinating Committee for North America and the South-West Pacific (CCNASWP), taking place from 30 January to 3 February 2023 in Nadi, Fiji. “Today’s rapid changes in trade, travel and commerce call for an international standard-setting system that is able to respond more quickly to new [...]
31 January 2023

CCNASWP / Fiji meeting an excellent opportunity to reconnect

“After last having met as a region in 2019, the FAO/WHO Coordinating Committee for North America and the South West Pacific (CCNASWP16) provides an excellent opportunity to reconnect and exchange views concerning food standards and food control in the region,” said FAO’s Dirk Schulz, in Nadi, as preparations for the session neared completion. WHO will be represented at the meeting by Jessica Kayamori Lopez. "This meeting will be a great opportunity to revisit the priorities of the region and hear from [...]
29 January 2023

CCNASWP / Vinesh Kumar sets the scene for Fiji as the FAO/WHO regional meeting approaches

Vinesh Kumar is the Permanent Secretary for Agriculture in Fiji and will chair the FAO/WHO Coordinating Committee for North America and the South West Pacific (CCNASWP) that will take place in Nadi from 31 January to 3 February 2023. Hosting the meeting puts Fiji and the region on the global map and gives us a better platform to be recognized in Codex. We have been involved in the development of the kava standard and other national areas of interest include pesticide [...]
26 January 2023

Samoa holds a week-long celebration of World Food Safety Day

World Food Safety Day (WFSD) activities in Samoa took place from 31 May to 7 June 2022, with the participation of over 1000 people. Activities consisted of interviews with Samoa National Codex Committee members, the screening of the interviews on television and social media, a World Food Safety Day-themed Trivia session on national television, and food-safety booths located next to the Accident Compensation Corporation Building (ACC) in Apia, Samoa.   Interviews with Tagaloa Eddie Wilson, Managing Director of Wilex, Samoa; Christina Ulberg, [...]
24 January 2023

Hygiene firm Diversey focuses on food safety in month-long World Food Safety Day celebrations

As a provider of food safety solutions, the global hygiene company, Diversey, organized month-long celebrations for World Food Safety Day 7–30 of June. Celebrations featured a food safety talk by the company’s Chief Revenue Officer, white papers and educational videos by company experts and scientists on various topics aligned with World Food Safety Day themes.  The company also leveraged its social media network in over 80 countries to educate and engage with their food industry customers and the general public. Diversey [...]
14 December 2022

Boston Sword & Tuna honours food safety staff

Boston Sword and Tuna in the United States of America celebrated World Food Safety Day at its facility. Management thanked food safety employees, who were treated to a celebratory cake, and discussed the role and importance of being food safety promoters. The company explained that it adheres to food safety and quality standards and has a Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-registered facility which ensures conformance with codes of practice, industry standards, regulations and laws concerning production, processing, handling, labelling, distribution, and [...]
12 December 2022
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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]