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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

Improving emergency response to food safety events of international concern

For the fifth year, WHO Country Office in Jordan, Climate Change, Health and Environment Unit / EMRO and the International Food Safety Authorities secretariat /HQ, celebrated with the Jordan Ministry of Health and the Jordan Food and Drug Administration World Food Safety Day 2023. This year'stheme “Food standards save lives”, holds a call for action for policymakers, food businesses and workplaces, educational institutions, and most importantly consumers. Drawing attention to the role of food safety standards in protecting consumers health, food [...]
25 July 2023

Sultanate of Oman commits to Codex and global food standards in 60th anniversary video

The Sultanate of Oman declares its commitment to Codex and to international standards and guidelines for food safety and quality in a video recently released as part of the country’s celebrations of the 60th anniversary of the Codex Alimentarius. The country has been a Codex Member for over 50 years and has actively participated in the development of global standards and in particular has played an active role in regional initiatives such as the Arab Codex initiative and the Gulf Cooperation [...]
12 July 2023

Multistakeholder World Food Safety Day event organized by Egypt’s Codex Committee

Egypt celebrated World Food Safety Day 2023 through a special event co-convened by the National Food Safety Agency (NFSA) of Egypt and Codex Egypt, based in the Egyptian Organization for Standardization and Quality (EOS). The event highlights the importance given by Egyptian food stakeholders to food safety, with special addresses from the leadership of both Organizations and the leadership of the Chamber of Food Industries (CFI). The event also features an introduction to future efforts of modernization of the Egyptian Food [...]
05 July 2023

Qatari logistics company celebrates World Food Safety Day

The Gulf Warehousing Company, GWC, a logistics provider based in Qatar, celebrated World Food Safety Day on 7, 8 and 11 June 2023 as part of a commitment to support this global observance in all its facilities. GWC emphasizes stringent food safety control measures and its food safety policy and objectives focus on compliance, training and competency development, communication, and a strong food safety culture to ensure customer satisfaction. Food safety awareness sessions were organized across the company’s food warehouses as part [...]
28 June 2023

Oman celebrates World Food Safety Day in high-level event and Codex colloquium

The Sultanate of Oman celebrates World Food Safety Day “Food standards save lives” through a number of events, held from 10-14 June 2023. These events coincided with Oman’s Food Safety Week, and included holding Oman's 6th International Conference on Food Safety and Quality . The event, which brought together specialists from Oman and around the world, focused on reviewing enablers of the food safety system. It also dealt with artificial intelligence, modern technologies, the management of food hazards and challenges in the field [...]
27 June 2023

Saudi Arabia authority conducts multimedia campaign for World Food Safety Day

In Saudi Arabia, the Saudi Food and Drug Authority (SFDA) conducted a multimedia campaign on the occasion of  World Food Safety Day. The SFDA Executive President, Professor Hisham Al-Jadhey stated in a public address: “This year's slogan, ‘Food Standards Save Lives’, confirms the importance of the safety of products throughout all stages of the food chain, starting from the production and manufacturing, up to transportation, preservation and storage, and ending with the display of these products in the markets to [...]
20 June 2023

Near East region celebrates World Food Safety Day

On Wednesday 7 June Members of the Codex Coordinating Committee for the Near East (CCNE) gathered for a hybrid session in celebration of World Food Safety Day, titled “Food Safety: A shared responsibility”. Organized by the CCNE Regional Coordinator, Khalid Al Zhrani, the event included the participation of Dr Sarah Cahill from the Codex Alimentarius Commission Secretariat and Engineer Ahmed Albashah from the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Standardization Organization (GSO). CCNE members highlighted this year’s slogan on how food standards can save [...]
20 June 2023

World Food Safety Day in Iran

The Iran National Standards Organization (INSO) held an in-person event titled “The Future of Food Safety” for World Food Safety Day on 13 June, with the theme of “Food standards save lives”, which took place in Tehran in the Islamic Republic of Iran. This event, which was held with the participation of stakeholders and food professionals from the industry, academia and regulatory bodies, was an opportunity to provide more synergy between the authorities and experts of food safety in order to [...]
19 June 2023

Iraq government promotes food standards on World Food Safety Day

The Central Agency for Standardization and Quality Control in Iraq celebrated World Food Safety Day by publishing an article on social media under the slogan “Food Standards, Save Lives”. The published article included the following: Protecting public health is the goal of every individual, and the wealth of nations is valued by the health of its people. Therefore, food is considered an essential and sensitive commodity like no other. It can be contaminated by microbes, heavy metals, or toxins through production [...]
14 June 2023

World Food Safety Day celebrated at Egyptian university

Students and staff of the New Assiut University of Technology (NATU) in Egypt celebrated World Food Safety Day on 7 June, under the auspices of Prof. Dr Gamal Tag Abdel Gaber, President of NATU, who, in his opening speech, underlined that “efforts in the field of food safety must be strengthened in order to reduce the burden of foodborne diseases.” Ali Youssef, Vice President of the University, added that “food safety is a shared responsibility between governments, producers and consumers, and [...]
14 June 2023
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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]