KENYA – In a decisive move to fortify its commitment to food safety, Kenya is set to co-host the 54th session of the CODEX Committee on Food Hygiene (CCFH) alongside the USA from March 11 to March 15, 2024.

This milestone event will be preceded by the commemoration of World Food Safety Day in June, positioning Kenya at the forefront of global initiatives to ensure the safety and quality of food.

The groundwork for these pivotal events was laid during a follow-up breakfast meeting for Principal Secretaries (PSs) and CEOs of the National Codex Committee member ministries, departments, and agencies.

Hosted by the Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS), the meeting aimed to reinvigorate the commitment of high-level officials to the cause of food safety and the advancement of Codex activities in the country.

Dr. Juma Mukhwana, Principal Secretary of the State Department for Industrialization, Ministry of Investment Promotion Trade and Industry, and Hon. Jonathan Mueke, PS of the State Department of Livestock Development, were among the dignitaries present at the gathering.

Also in attendance were Amb. Peter Munyiri, Chairperson of the National Standards Council, and Esther Ngari, Managing Director of KEBS.

CCFH54, scheduled to be held in Nairobi from March 11 to March 15, 2024, will address critical aspects of food hygiene on a global scale.

The Codex Committee on Food Hygiene plays a pivotal role in drafting provisions that impact food hygiene universally, considering microbiological risk assessments, and addressing specific hygiene challenges assigned by the Codex Alimentarius Commission.

The United States, as the host country, is sponsoring a public meeting on February 5, 2024, to discuss draft positions and agenda items for CCFH54. This meeting, held via video teleconference, invites public participation and aims to provide transparency in the decision-making process.

Agenda items for the 54th Session include matters referred by the Codex Alimentarius Commission, updates from FAO and WHO, guidelines for controlling Shiga Toxin-Producing Escherichia coli (STEC), and discussions on various food hygiene control measures.

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