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New Codex guideline / Preparedness and communication critical to managing foodborne outbreaks

The Codex Committee on Food Hygiene has finished work on a new guideline on microbiological foodborne outbreaks which provides countries with a structured approach to preparedness and management for when an outbreak takes place. The contamination of food may occur at any stage, from primary production through to the consumer, causing illness and in some chronic cases serious health effects or death. An outbreak may be swiftly identified at a particular event or source but may also be much harder to [...]
03 March 2022

New food sources and production / Codex vice-chair Diego Varela learns about plant-based food

On Tuesday 15 February 2022, Diego Varela, Vice-Chairperson of the Codex Alimentarius Commission, visited NotCo, Chile, to learn at firsthand how plant-based products are created. NotCo was established in 2015 and aims to make plant based food look, smell, taste and function like animal based ones. The company uses artificial intelligence to decide how to combine plants to replicate the flavour and texture of animal products whilst maintaining their taste, feel and function. Diego Varela (left) talks to NotCo staff during [...]
24 February 2022

“Why did you become a scientist?”

by Nolene Naicker There were two main principles that guided me when I left school: I wanted to make a positive change in the world and wanted to work with people – something I am passionate about. I have family members who suffer with diabetes, hypertension, and heart disease. I wanted to do something that could make living with these challenges much easier. `Dietetics` - the science of using the right food to treat illnesses - seemed like the way to go. My [...]
10 February 2022

Codex podcast / investigating GBS ST283 outbreak in freshwater fish

This edition of the Codex podcast highlights how important data collection is for risk analysis. We talk to Dr Tim Barkham from Tan Tock Seng Hospital, Singapore who was one of the expert contributors to a recent FAO publication on the risk to human health posed by a strain of Group B Streptococcus, GBS ST283. When, in 2015, over 140 people in Singapore fell ill, investigations led scientists to this bacterium, found in freshwater fish in and around Southeast Asia. The [...]
02 February 2022

WHO launches a new Food Safety Community of Practice

A new WHO Food Safety Community of Practice (COP) will help share knowledge and improve practice on food safety issues. The peer-to-peer online knowledge forum will serve professionals globally who want to improve food safety throughout the food value chain, who seek to deepen their knowledge and expertise in this area and who wish to exchange information and discuss ideas by interacting on an ongoing basis. The COP aims to expand learning potential, share diverse experiences and knowledge, encourage an understanding of [...]
07 January 2022

Codex Trust Fund Nepal / simulation exercise building experience and great fun too

It is true to say Codex never stops and although all committee sessions have finished for 2021, a training course on international standard setting and the Codex Alimentarius, part of a Codex Trust Fund (CTF) group project involving India, Bhutan and Nepal took place from 21 to 23 December 20221 in Dhulikhel, Nepal with participants from Bhutan joining virtually due to COVID-19 restrictions. The three-day meeting included a simulation exercise where participants gained insight into the management and process of a [...]
22 December 2021

Codex Trust Fund / Advisory Group hears how support vital for raising profile of Codex and food safety

The Codex Trust Fund (CTF) supports countries to build strong, solid and sustainable national capacity to engage in Codex work. The Codex Trust Fund Advisory Group annual meeting took place online on 16 December 2021, hosted for the first time by the newly-elected Chairperson of the Codex Alimentarius Commission, Steve Wearne, United Kingdom. The Advisory Group is part of the Codex governance mechanism and brings together FAO/WHO, donor countries other key stakeholders including the Codex Regional Coordinators. It serves as a forum [...]
18 December 2021

Codex finishes its 44th Commission and salutes outgoing Chairperson Guilherme Da Costa

The extended 44th session of the Codex Alimentarius Commission (CAC44) came to a close on 14 December 2021 with the adoption of the outstanding agenda items in the final report. The Commission operates with simultaneous interpretation in six languages to guarantee an equitable forum for all delegations and work was interrupted on 18 November when the period of interpretation scheduled could no longer be extended. The Codex Secretariat subsequently arranged for delegations to provide written comments on the report and [...]
14 December 2021

Guilherme Da Costa and Steve Wearne on chairing Codex

"He always listens. He is open to reason and debate. He is open to thinking differently if the facts change". These the words of Chairperson-elect Steve Wearne on his predecessor Guilherme Da Costa in an interview held as CAC44 came to a close in November 2021. With a collective emphasis on listening and an awareness of the need to draw on the different views held within the Codex membership the "two chairs" underline the importance of collaboration and teamwork as Codex [...]
29 November 2021

CCNFSDU42 / Committee agrees on a final text for new guidelines on ready-to-use therapeutic foods

The decision to concentrate on a reduced agenda has paid off as the Codex Committee on Nutrition and Foods for Special Dietary Uses concludes its discussions on a guideline for ready-to-use therapeutic foods and closes in on finalizing the revised standard for follow up formula. Verna Carolissen, Codex Secretariat said on the completion of the text on ready-to-use therapeutic foods, that the principles under which Codex operates in developing a guideline of this nature are to “set the scene, and that [...]
25 November 2021