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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 event in the Islamic Republic of Iran to discuss future of food safety

The Iran National Standards Organization (INSO) will celebrate World Food Safety Day this year with the cooperation of some organizations including the Iranian Research Organization for Science and Technology (IROST) and the National Nutrition and Food Technology Research Institute (NNFTRI) in recognition of the 60th anniversary of Codex Alimentarius. INSO is planning to hold an in-person event titled “The Future of Food Safety” for World Food Safety Day on 13 June, which will take place in Tehran in the Islamic Republic of Iran. This event will attract stakeholders and [...]
13 June 2023

Kuwaiti authorities produce World Food Safety Day videos

In a celebration of World Food Safety Day, the State of Kuwait has taken a step to promote the significance of food standards. Under the slogan "Food Standards Save Lives", the Public Authority for Food and Nutrition in Kuwait has published videos aimed at raising awareness among the public regarding the importance of food standards. Watch the video  
08 June 2023

Second Arab Food Safety Summit planned for Saudi Arabia

A team of Food Professionals in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has planned a World Food Safety Day-related symposium in the three cities: Jeddah, Riyadh and Khobar. This event will be the second of its kind in the Kingdom and will attract food professionals from the industry, academia and regulatory bodies. The first day will be a conference where six speakers will be speaking on food safety-related regional matters. On day 2 there will be four workshops covering food standards, food defence, food fraud and traceability modules.  [...]
04 June 2023

Egypt’s New Assiut Technological University plans World Food Safety Day lectures

The Faculty of Food Industry Technology at the New Assiut Technological University in Assiut, Egypt will celebrate World Food Safety Day. The day includes opening and closing ceremonies and two sessions by Dr Gamal El-Sayed and Dr Ahmed El-Mesallamy, lecturers in food science and technology and food safety experts, who will carry out a commemorative day for students of the Faculty of Food Industry Technology. The first session is a 60-minute lecture that will introduce World Food Safety Day, discussing the 2023 [...]
12 May 2023

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
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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]