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CCFA54/ Kenya blazes a trail for fellow CCAFRICA Members in CCFA as new Chair of WG on Priorities

In a Codex Committee on Food Additives (CCFA) first for the CCAFRICA region, Kenya has become Chair to the CCFA in-session working group (WG) on priorities. This is the group that establishes priority lists of food additives for risk assessment by the Joint FAO/WHO Expert Committee on Food Additives (JECFA). We asked the new in-session WG Chairperson, Dr Peter Mutua, about why Kenya wanted to take on this role and what advice he has for fellow CCAFRICA Members, and the wider [...]
22 April 2024

CCFA54/ “We are here to find a solution to important questions”

The 54th meeting of the Codex Committee on Food Additives (CCFA) has started in Chengdu, China, with Dr Xuetao Cao, Vice Minister, National Health Commission of the People’s Republic of China giving an opening speech. Representatives of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the World Health Organization (WHO) and Codex all offered opening remarks before the session was set in motion with the adoption of the agenda, under the chairmanship of Dr Yongxiang Fan, Professor of the [...]
22 April 2024

CCCF17 concludes: “We are doing the right things in the best possible ways”

The Codex Committee on Contaminants in Food (CCCF) has concluded its 17th session in Panama City, Panama, with the Committee Chairperson, Dr Sally Hoffer, saying she was “happy with our progress”.  She went on to say: “I would like also to highlight that we are continuously trying to better our work, so in the last three days, we have also discussed how we are doing the right things in the best possible ways and we are clearly updating our work [...]
19 April 2024

CCFA54 / bringing food additive experts and regulators together from all over the world

As we prepare for the 54th session of the Codex Committee on Food Additives (CCFA), we caught up with the Committee Chairperson, Dr Yongxiang Fan, Professor of the China National Centre for Food Safety Risk Assessment (CFSA), to find out more about the Committee and the issues to be discussed at this year’s session, which will take place in Chengdu, China, in the week of 22–26 April 2024. Q: Fan thanks for your time. You have a long experience in CCFA, [...]
18 April 2024

National Codex Committee of Cabo Verde analyses progress

The National Codex Committee (CNCA) in Cabo Verde has been active in recent weeks, planning the year’s activities and unveiling the CNCA website. On 8 March, the 16th ordinary meeting of the CNCA was held, with the aim of analyzing the CNCA Activity Plan for 2024, focusing on the process of activating the national Codex subcommittees. At the meeting information was presented on the Cabo Verde Codex Trust Fund Project activities to be carried out in 2024, as well as on updates [...]
16 April 2024

CCCF17/ President of Panama gives opening speech for contaminants meeting

The 17th session of the Codex Committee on Contaminants in Food (CCCF) was declared officially open in Panama City, 15 April, following speeches from His Excellency the President of the Republic of Panama, Laurentino Cortizo Cohen and other distinguished guests. The opening ceremony paved the way for what promises to be an intensive week of discussions around a variety of current CCCF texts and future work for the Committee. His Excellency the President expressed appreciation that Panama was chosen to co-host [...]
15 April 2024

ACT/ Bolivia pushes forward on coordinated surveillance training

In March 2024 in the Plurinational State of Bolivia, as part of the Action to support implementation of Codex AMR Texts (ACT) project plan to improve surveillance capacities in the country, a workshop was held in coordination with the country’s National Laboratories Unit (UNALAB) of the National Agricultural Health and Food Safety Service (SENASAG). Twelve professional bacteriologists working in the area of food safety and animal health from UNALAB Santa Cruz and UNALAB Cochabamba laboratories participated in the workshop, together [...]
12 April 2024

CCLAC gears up for the coordinating committee with a workshop on Codex etools

A virtual “Codex ABC” training event was held on 3 and 5 April 2024 for the Latin America and Caribbean region (CCLAC), with the support of the Codex Secretariat and the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA), with translation into Spanish, English and French. More than 630 delegates from 27 countries of the region attended. The topics discussed were the principles of Codex and its importance in food safety, fair practices in the food trade and the elaboration of standards. [...]
11 April 2024

Steve Wearne / Food safety requires global collaboration

The Codex Alimentarius Commission (CAC) Chairperson, Steve Wearne, delivered a “leadership talk” this week at the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) conference being held in Singapore, to offer “insights into the latest developments at Codex, exploring the intersection of technology, artificial intelligence (AI), innovation and climate change, and elaborate on future collaborative initiatives between GFSI and Codex.” In his talk, he highlighted the ways in which GFSI and Codex work towards a common goal of “bringing people together with a [...]
10 April 2024

“Move things forward and get new Codes out there in the world” - Contaminants committee begins next week

The Seventeenth Session of the Codex Committee on Contaminants in Foods (CCCF17) will take place 15–19 April 2024 in Panama City, Panama. As the meeting approaches, we spoke to Sally Hoffer, from the Dutch Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality, who will chair CCCF17 on behalf of The Netherlands, to find out more about the agenda of the Committee, co-hosting a Codex meeting and her expectations for this session.   Sally, thanks for your time. This is the fourth time for [...]
08 April 2024
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