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Training on Codex standards for young professionals in Korea


Young professionals from the different agencies of the Government of the Republic of Korea attended the tenth edition of the training course “Understanding Codex” in Osong, hosted by the Ministry of Food and Drug Safety on 29 September 2022.

“We highly appreciate your efforts in protecting consumer health and ensuring fair trade practices. The Ministry believes that the partnership with Codex is very important to achieve a common goal in terms of food safety,” said Oh-Sang Kwon, Vice Minister of Food and Drug Safety.

For the trainees, who have just started working on food standards, Codex Secretary Tom Heilandt explained that Codex provides a platform for countries and observers to come together to discuss and agree on international standards. Myoengsin Choi, Codex Secretariat, talked about how Codex texts are used and Jeffrey Lejeune, FAO, introduced the role of science that underpins and guides the planning and implementation of food control and nutrition programmes all over the world.

Heilandt noted that the Republic of Korea has been monitoring foodborne antimicrobial resistance at the national level since 2003. With a sophisticated food safety management system it has became one of the global leaders in this area.  “I hope you will continue sharing this knowledge with other countries, especially with low-income countries,” he added.

The experts from FAO also attended the Global Conference on Foodborne Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) in the Republic of Korea, where they presented Codex standards and the AMR Codex Texts (ACT) project.


Read more about the conference here.

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