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Spices committee serves up new standards on Saffron, Nutmeg and Chilli Peppers and Paprika


The sixth session of the Codex Committee on Spices and Culinary Herbs will send standards for Saffron, Nutmeg and Chilli peppers and paprika for final adoption by the Codex Alimentarius Commission in November 2022.

A spokesperson for the Indian delegation said of the work on chili peppers: “There is high hope now for harmonized national standards across the globe for this very valuable and ubiquitous spice.”

Chairperson Dr M.R. Sudharsan, India, said the achievements of the meeting were a source of pride for all present and marked another successful and virtual session for the committee. Operating online had provided “an opportunity for wider participation,” he said, despite the challenges presented by delegates being in different time zones and he was heartened by the positive engagement.

The committee also made progress on standards for cardamom and a group standard for spices derived from dried fruits and berries. “There is clarity on how to proceed with future group standards,” said Sudharsan, looking forward to active participation from Members and Observers in the technical groups that will now continue work on other spices including tumeric.


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Read the final report including the standards themselves on the CCSCH6 meeting page

Photo credit ©CCSCH6 Members of the Codex and Spices Secretariats.