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Who is new in the Codex Secretariat?


Seconded officers provide a valuable contribution to the work of the Secretariat.

There are currently five food standards officers in the Codex Secretariat. That is not many to run over 20 technical and regional committees in any given year. The two seconded officers currently sponsored by the governments of Japan and the Republic of Korea therefore provide welcome additional technical capacity together with specific knowledge of Codex geographical regions and national systems and processes.

M Choi

Myoengsin Choi from the Republic of Korea has a background in toxicology and food analysis and joined the Secretariat this year. “Codex plays a central role in food safety. Codex sets the standards and code of practices to help national authorities to regulate on food safety issues” she said. Asked what she felt were major challenges on the horizon she said: “AMR is a big issue in Korea. National governments should work together and in that sense, Codex will play an important role.”


FAO HQ Rome, Italy

The Codex Secretariat is based in FAO HQ Rome, here illuminated blue for the occasion of World Oceans Day on 8 June

R Yamamoto

Rain Yamamoto has a background in molecular biology and nutritional epidemiology and has worked in the fields of risk communication and management. “I find the combination of food science and policy making fascinating” she said. In Codex “harmonized rules which everyone can refer to are imperative in the global food market nowadays”, she added. Regarding her specialised area of nutrition, Rain said: “Obesity is a complex problem because there are not only biological and individual factors but also societal, behavioral, commercial and political factors that come into play.”

In the Codex Secretariat a seconded officer will typically stay for three years and become involved in a range of Codex committees, initially learning how international food standards are developed in Codex and then actively taking on responsibility at the committee level to engage with members and operate as a full member of the Codex team.