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The CCNE Region - Regional Coordinator Saudi Arabia

In 1999 the 23rd session of the Codex Alimentarius Commission established the Regional Coordinating Committee for the Near East, bringing together countries in the Near East Region (for FAO) and the Eastern Mediterranean Region (for WHO). The committee held its first meeting in Cairo, Egypt in 2001.

The current regional coordinator for the Near East is based in the Saudi Food and Drug Authority in Riyadh.

The coordinator’s goals in leading the region in Codex include developing and strengthening Codex Contact Points and National Codex Committees as well as improving communication and coordination amongst CCNE members, with other regions and the Codex Secretariat.

A further objective is to develop the exchange of scientific and technical expertise amongst experienced and less experienced countries in the region.

The coordinator aims to promote the use of Codex standards as a basis for national legislation and regulations and continue work developing and reviewing Codex standards taking into account regional interests.


News from the region

World Food Safety Day Celebration 2022 in Qatar

Reiterating its commitment to food safety standards, GWC celebrated the 2022 edition of World Food Safety Day (WFSD) by organizing an interactive training and awareness sessions for its employees highlighting this year’s theme: “Safer Food, Better Health” this 7 June, 2022, in Logistics Village Qatar(LVQ) and various sites such as Street 15, Street 41 and LVQ15K facilities. The training sessions and food safety activities emphasized how safe food is a shared responsibility between producers, governments, importers, retailers, and every person who handles food [...]
26 June 2022

Saudi authorities look at modern foods, antimicrobial resistance and consumer action for World Food Safety Day

On the occasion of World Food Safety Day, the Saudi Food and Drug Authority (SFDA) assembled a session on the “Safety and Sustainability of Modern Food” that covered several topics including:  Biotechnology in food products Modern protein alternatives Food innovation The objective for this initiative was to promote food safety culture, compliance with food standards and the reduction of food risks. In addition, there was intensive participation through the SFDA’s social media platforms (Twitter, Linkedin, and Snapchat) including: Twitter poll about public interests in new food sources [...]
23 June 2022

World Food Safety Day celebrated in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

An event for World Food Safety Day in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia was held at Madareem Crown Hotel Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, and was attended by more than 150 food professionals. Attendees were from government, academia and the private sector. The event took a “conference” format, where six speakers presented food safety related speeches. The conference was opened by event organizer, Yaser Nazir. He invited Ibrahim Al Sini to Chair the session and Basil Al Hilali to co-chair the session. The first [...]
21 June 2022

World Food Safety Day across the Near East region

The Codex Coordinating Committee for the Near East (currently coordinated by Saudi Arabia) reports on several official World Food Safety Day events from around the region this year. Here’s a roundup:   Saudi Arabia In a video address, Hisham Al-Jadhey, CEO of the Saudi Food and Drugs Authority (SFDA), stated that “the world is celebrating World Food Safety Day, and is currently facing the impact of food supply chains, and the increasing burden of foodborne diseases indicates that diseases transmitted through food cause 600 [...]
17 June 2022

WHO, FAO and Jordan national food authority record video for World Food Safety Day

In celebration of the World Food Safety Day 2022, the WHO country office in Jordan developed a video in collaboration with FAO Jordan and the Jordan Food and Drug Administration (national food authorities). The purpose of the video is to communicate concise and clear messages on key practices for food safety. The role of the national authorities to enhance food safety was highlighted. The video concluded with calls for action by Jordan representatives of WHO and FAO to support food [...]
13 June 2022

Saudi Airlines Catering Company celebrates World Food Safety Day

On the World Food Safety Day Saudi Airlines Catering Company conducted several workshops on food safety. These workshops cover the importance of food safety, best international practices to maintain food safety and quality and highlighted the WHO five keys to safer food. A video celebrating World Food Safety Day was recorded by company officials and food safety department to show how the company keeps its food safe and food safety part of the company culture. Read more
09 June 2022

Save the Children in Lebanon to livestream on Facebook for World Food Safety Day

Save the Children in Lebanon is inviting people to attend a Facebook live event for World Food Safety Day. The event will involve the organization’s food security and livelihood coordinator, Yara Sleiman, who will discuss food storage and food safety tips for families with children and pregnant and lactating mothers. Date & time: 7 June 13:00 (12:00 CEST) Join the event
07 June 2022

Saudi Arabia symposium on food safety planned for World Food Safety Day

A team of Food Professionals in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has planned World Food Safety Day related symposium in the three cities, Jeddah, Riyadh and Dammam. This event will be the first of its kind in the Kingdom and attracting food professional from the industry, academia and local regulatory bodies. The event will be free of cost to enrol and attend. The symposia will start at 0900 hours and finish at 1600 hours as it is a full day event. There will be [...]
07 June 2022

Ahmed M. Elhelw 1985 - 2022

The Codex Secretariat has learned of the untimely passing of the former Codex Contact Point for Egypt, Ahmed M. Elhelw. The Regional Coordinator for the Near East (CCNE), Khalid S. Al Zhrani, Saudi Arabia said: “Ahmed was like an energy station of the CCNE family. With his presence, he would light us all up with positivity. His contribution to my life as a guide, and to the Codex family as an active Member will always be appreciated.” Ahmed held a bachelor degree [...]
04 June 2022

The Ministry of Public Health of Qatar organizes several World Food Safety Day activities

The Ministry of Public Health of Qatar marked World Food Safety Day, which falls on 7 June, under the theme “Safe food today for a healthy tomorrow", and slogan "Food Safety is Everyone’s Responsibility." On this occasion, the Ministry organized a number of activities and events, including: Virtual Workshops Three workshops targeting family-run businesses over three days on: Introduction to Food Safety -Types of food contamination and sources Types of bacteria and where they’re found in food (e.g. Salmonella, E. Coli , Staphylococcus, Listeria and [...]
12 August 2021
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CCNE Coordinator

All information on Codex is public and free.

For regional enquiries contact:

CCNE Secretariat

Saudi Food & Drug Authority
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Tel: +966 11 2038222 Ext:3347

Email: [email protected]