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Codex committee on fresh fruits and vegetables facilitates harmonization of international trade


The twenty-second session of the Codex Committee on Fresh Fruits and Vegetables (CCFFV) is taking place virtually from 25 April to 4 May 2022 and was opened in front of more than 200 participants by Dr Alfonso Guati-Rojo Sánchez, Director General in the General Bureau of Standards of the Ministry of Economy of Mexico and Chairperson of the committee.

In 34 years CCFFV has developed 42 international standards, which have served as the technical basis for the development of national regulations and strengthening of international trade.

Guati-Rojo underlined the committee’s mandate to achieve consensus on standards and ensure that the food in question is safe, nutritious and of quality. “Our work is to facilitate the harmonization of international trade by making it more inclusive, less expensive and thereby contribute to food security,” he said.

The Chairperson of the Codex Alimentarius Commission, Steve Wearne, United Kingdom, also addressed the plenary. “By setting a clear regulatory landscape to enable the safe and fair production, trade and consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables, which are a key component of healthy diets, Codex is making a direct contribution to both food security and to the sustainability of our food systems,” he said.


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All working documents for CCFFV22 are available on the Codex web site