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Coordinator for Europe in Armenia and Moldova to promote participation in Codex


A delegation led by the Codex Alimentarius Regional Coordinator for Europe, Nailya Karsybekova, visited the Republic of Armenia from 29 to 30 April and the Republic of Moldova on May 2 and 3, to enhance participation of these countries in Codex. During the mission, meetings were held at the Ministries of Agriculture, Ministries of Health, the Inspection Bodies for Food Safety, and at the FAO and WHO Country Offices.

"The visits to Armenia and Moldova provided an opportunity to meet top-level representatives and decision-makers within the food chain and to re-confirm the importance of Codex Standards in ensuring consumer health and fair practices in food trade", said Karsybekova.

Deputy Minister of Agriculture of the Republic of Armenia Artak Kamalyan, opened a round table meeting held at the Ministry of Agriculture with the participation of representatives of different stakeholders, including state structures, the Armenian National Agrarian University, the FAO country office and non-governmental organizations in the field of consumer rights protection.

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Key food safety challenges in Armenia include identifying and mitigating potential risks relating to pesticide and veterinary drug residues, chemical hazards that threaten food, antibiotic resistance and the need for food safety risks assessments. “These challenges put great responsibility on Government to develop policies and regulatory frameworks that establish and implement effective food safety systems”, said Iren Melkonyan, Codex Contact Point in Armenia.  “Such meetings and discussions help to strengthen the role of Codex in a country and region in whole and to enhance a country’s participation in Codex activities”, she said. 

In both countries, the Codex team presented the organizational structure of Codex Alimentarius, the role of CCEURO in coordinating regional Codex activities, the strategy for developing basic Codex documents within the relevant committees and the role of Codex in agricultural exports. The Armenian and Moldova hosts explained food safety policy in their countries, the structure of food safety control, as well as the scientific basis for risk assessment. Discussions explored the scope of activity of the National Codex Committee and the prospects for enhancing the capacity of Codex.


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FAO Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia

WHO in Moldova