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Codex Committee on Contaminants in Foods
18/04/2023 - 21/04/2023 | Utrecht, Netherlands

The 16th Session of the Codex Committee on Contaminants in Foods will take place in Utrecht, The Netherlands, from 18 to 21 April 2023 (physical plenary meeting) and 26 April 2023 (virtual report adoption).
Virtual and physical meetings of working groups, including a side event, will take place prior to CCCF (see below).
The plenary sessions will be webcasted in English, French and Spanish.

A letter from the Chair of the Codex Committee on Contaminants in Foods, Sally Hoffer, addressing all Codex Members and Observers participating in the forthcoming session of CCCF and related activities, can be found here in English, French and Spanish. Codex Members and Observers are kindly invited to read the letter welcoming delegates to CCRVDF26.

Practical information for delegates planning to attend CCCF16 is available in here (English only).

Online Registration

All delegates participating in the plenary session should provide their information (names and addresses) through the Codex Online Registration System (ORS) system by accessing the Login on the Codex website, as soon as possible.

Login and password for the online registration have been provided to all Codex Contact Points and Contact Points of Observer Organizations. If the login and password have not been received, please contact [email protected].

The Session will be broadcasted on Zoom in listening mode in: English, French, and Spanish.

On-Site Registration
See Information for delegates.


General Information

In preparation for CCCF16, the following working groups will take place prior to the plenary session.
Working documents for these meetings are indicated in the Provisional Agenda for the corresponding agenda items. Any additional documents prepared by the Chairs of the Working Groups will be published on this site.
A tentative timetable is provided below. Exact length of each part subject to variation depending on the complexity of the discussion. Comfort breaks will be announced as necessary during the meeting.

Virtual meetings are in English only.

Physical meetings are provided with simultaneous interpretation in English, French and Spanish. Broadcasting is not provided for physical meetings of working groups.

Virtual meetings

Tuesday, 11 April 2023, 13.00 – 16.00 CET
  1. Review of Codex standards for contaminants (Agenda Item 14)
  2. Follow-up to the outcomes of JECFA evaluations and joint FAO/WHO expert consultations (Agenda Item 15)
  3. Priority list of contaminants for evaluation by JECFA (Agenda Item 16)

  4. Wednesday, 12 April 2023, 13.00 – 16.00 CET

  5. Guidance on data analysis for development of maximum levels and for improved data collection (Agenda Item 12)
  6. Maximum levels for lead in certain food categories (Agenda Item 5)

  7. Physical meetings

    Monday, 17 April 2023, 14.30 – 18.00 CET

  8. Sampling plans for total aflatoxins in certain cereals (Agenda Item 7)

  9. Tuesday, 18 April 2023, 09:00 – 10:00 CET

  10. Forward plan for CCCF:

    Review of staple food-contaminant combinations for future work of CCCF (Agenda Item 13)

A side event on Foresight: Looking into emerging issues in food and feed safety will take place on Tuesday, 18 April, from 10.30 – 12.30 CET.
Simultaneous interpretation will be provided in English, French, and Spanish.

Further information will be published in due course.


Circular Letters

The list of CLs relevant to CCCF16 is available from “Related Circular Letters”.

JECFA Reports

The summary and full report of JECFA meetings, including other relevant documents such as residue and toxicological monographs, are available from the FAO and WHO websites to inform comments and discussion on maximum levels.

Working Documents

Documents for consideration by CCCF16 will be published on this page as soon as they become available. Conference Room Documents (CRDs) will be kept in original language. No printed copies of working documents will be made available for the plenary session.


The draft report will be available in English, French and Spanish. Appendices will be available in English only.

English, French, Spanish.

Related documents

ItemDescriptionUpload date
Document Reference
10.1Discussion paper on the prevention and reduction of ciguatera poisoning 20/02/2023
CX/CF 23/16/10
6.1Code of practice for the prevention and reduction of mycotoxin contamination in cassava and cassava-based products20/02/2023
CX/CF 23/16/6
3Matters of interest arising from FAO and WHO including JECFA20/02/2023
CX/CF 23/16/3
7.1Sampling plans for total aflatoxins in certain cereals and cereal-based products including foods for infants and young children20/02/2023
CX/CF 23/16/7
5.1Maximum levels for lead in certain food categories20/02/2023
CX/CF 23/16/5
9.1Maximum levels for total aflatoxins and ochratoxin A in nutmeg, dried chili and paprika, ginger, pepper and turmeric and associated sampling plans24/02/2023
CX/CF 23/16/9
8.1Maximum level for total aflatoxins in ready-to-eat peanuts and associated sampling plan 27/02/2023
CX/CF 23/16/8
1Provisional agenda06/03/2023
CX/CF 23/26/1(REV1)
2Matters Referred to the Committee by the Codex Alimentarius Commission and/or Its Subsidiary Bodies13/03/2023
CX/CF 23/16/2(REV1)
16Comments in reply to CL 2022/84-CF (Priorities)03/03/2023
CX/CF 23/16/15
14Comments in reply to CL 2022/85-CF (Review of Codex standards for contaminants)06/03/2023
CX/CF 23/16/14
17All files zip collection