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CCASIA22 / promoting food trade and technological cooperation for global food safety

The FAO/WHO Coordinating Committee for Asia (CCASIA22) is taking place virtually from 12 to 21 October 2022. Welcoming delegates via video message, Lei Haichao , Vice Minister of the National Health Commission of China underlined the host government’s commitment to actively implementing their role as Regional Coordinator and to promote technology, partnership and exchanges among Members. “Codex is studying future working modalities as well as new kinds of the food and new production systems,” he said emphasizing China's engagement with [...]
14 October 2022

CCASIA22 / meeting prepares to discuss strategic food safety priorities for the region

Although this session will be held virtually, Chairperson Jing TIAN, China, encourages all Member Countries in the region attending the meeting, “to actively participate and to discuss issues of mutual interest, confirm the regional priorities and activities under the framework of the Codex Strategic Plan 2020-2025 and promote the harmonization of regional standards”. The proposals for these standards include soybean products fermented with Bacillus species. Natto, Cheonggukjang and Thua Nao will be covered by the standard and the basic ingredients for [...]
11 October 2022

El Salvador / CTF workshop on application of Codex General Principles of Food Hygiene

A workshop on application of the Codex General Principles of Food Hygiene was held in El Salvador from 27 to 29 September 2022, as part of the Codex Trust Fund Group Project for El Salvador and Guatemala. The workshop was facilitated thanks to the support of the PAHO/WHO Pan American Centre for Foot and Mouth Disease, which allowed food sanitary surveillance officials, food producers, academia and consumers from El Salvador and Guatemala, to strengthen their technical capacities for the control, production [...]
10 October 2022

Codex Trust Fund / Twinning and mentorship programme with Burundi and Kenya

by Mr. Celestin Ntahomvukiye Codex Contact Point Burundi Five East African Community Partner States Burundi, Kenya, South Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda are currently implementing a Codex Trust Fund (CTF) group project with the aim of strengthening national Codex Structures. One of the identified activities is to establish a twinning programme between partner states with well-functioning structures and those with their structures still under development. Burundi was allocated to Kenya for this mentorship program. The Codex Contact Point (CCP) from Kenya in liaison [...]
10 October 2022

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 [...]
09 October 2022

Codex Committee on Spices and Culinary Herbs / a trigger for change for industry and consumers

The sixth session of the Codex Committee on Spices and Culinary Herbs (CCSCH), hosted virtually by India, began on 26 September 2022. Chairperson Dr M.R. Sudharsan expressed confidence that the committee would work to cover all the items on its agenda and make valuable progress on the development of standards. Mr D Sathiyan, Secretary of the Spices Board of India, welcomed over 230 online delegates on behalf of the Government of India to the online session and underlined how the numbers [...]
26 September 2022

Webinar series underway in Codex Committee on Methods of Analysis and Sampling

More than 100 participants took part on 25 May 2022 in the first of a series of online events for work underway in the Codex Committee on Methods of Analysis and Sampling (CCMAS). Tom Heilandt Codex Secretary said “it is a wonderful initiative to keep these meetings informal so we can really learn together and get up to date on what’s happening”. The Codex Standard 234, Recommended Methods of Analysis and Sampling, is undergoing review to ensure the methods used in [...]
26 May 2022

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 [...]
25 April 2022

Mongolia issues decree to reorganize National Codex Committee

On 22 March 2022, the Minister for food, agriculture and light industry of Mongolia issued a decree on the reorganization of the National Codex Committee. This legislation is acknowledgement by the Government of Mongolia of the role the Codex committee can play through its primary function of providing advice on the implications of a range of food standardization and safety issues. ‘’The Mongolian Government has obligations decreed under national security to ensure safe food production to protect the health of consumers,” [...]
07 April 2022

Case study / Codex standards help improve food safety in Thailand

The value of Thai food exports increased by nearly 25 percent in the three years to 2018 and some Thai food companies are reporting recent sales increases of between 20 and 30 percent. This is all because the Thai government has been vigorously promoting the Hygiene Analysis and Critical Control Points system (HACCP) in food establishments. HACCP involves identifying where food safety hazards can arise and adopting measures to mitigate them. A new case study published by Codex demonstrates the impact [...]
09 March 2022
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