Codex Member States underpin need for adoption of internationally recognized Codex standards

AFRICA – Codex Member States from the Eastern and Southern Africa (ESA) region have during a workshop underpinned the need for adoption and implementation of internationally recognized Codex standards which are key in supporting fair food trade and protecting the health and safety of consumers. The 18 Member States met in Kigali, Rwanda as part of the initiatives to enhance…

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Mongolia restructures National Codex Committee to strengthen food safety

MONGOLIA – The Minister for Food, Agriculture and Light Industry of Mongolia has issued a decree on the restructuring 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.…

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Uganda takes charge as new Coordinator of FAO/WHO Coordinating Committee for Africa

UGANDA – Uganda has taken over from Kenya as the new Coordinator for the Food and Agriculture Organization / World Health Organization (FAO/WHO) Coordinating Committee for Africa (CCAFRICA). CCAFRICA was established by the Codex Alimentarius Commission (CAC) in 1972 with a mandate to exercise general coordination in the preparation of standards relating to the region of Africa. The CAC during…

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Codex drafts new guidelines on microbiological foodborne outbreaks

GLOBAL – The Codex Committee on Food Hygiene has drafted a new guideline on microbiological foodborne outbreaks which provides countries with a structured approach to preparedness and management for when an outbreak takes place. The contamination of food may occur at any stage, from primary production through to the consumer, causing illness and in some chronic cases serious health effects…

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Codex approval of steviol glycosides production technology to boost production of low-sugar foods

ITALY – International food standards body Codex Alimentarius has adopted the specifications for four different technologies for the production of steviol glycosides. The four production technologies approved by Codex are stevia leaf extract, steviol glycosides from bioconversion, steviol glycosides from fermentation and glucosylated steviol glycosides. The International Stevia Council (ISC) has welcomed the move will boost access to sugar-reducing solutions…

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World trade Organization recommends developing countries to participate in standards formulation

GLOBAL – In line with the sanitary and phytosanitary standards (SPS) Agreement, a new World trade Organization (WTO) publication on easing trade bottlenecks has recommended that land-locked developing countries (LLDCs) should actively participate in the standard-setting processes under the Codex Alimentarius. This is to ensure that WTO sanitary and phytosanitary standards meet their needs. The WTO SPS Agreement sets out…

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Codex updates Code of Practice on management of foodborne AMR

GLOBAL – The Codex Alimentarius Commission has updated the Code of Practice and Guidance on the management of foodborne antimicrobial resistance (AMR) incorporating them into the ‘food code’ to help protect consumer health and promote fair practices in food trade. The field of antimicrobial resistance is one of the areas where new knowledge is emerging at a very fast pace.…

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FAO applauds Codex for laying strong foundation for safe foods

GLOBAL – The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), has hailed the Codex Alimentarius’ food standards for laying a strong foundation to ensure the foods that we grow, produce, process, trade and consume are safe. The FAO Director General, QU Dongyu, addressed  the opening of the 44th session of the Codex Alimentarius Commission, the United Nations body…

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Guyana launches Codex Trust Fund Project to promote food safety standards

GUYANA – Guyana, a country on the northern mainland of South America, has  launched its Codex Trust Fund (CTF) Project following a two-day training programme for the National Codex Committee (NCC) members. The Codex Trust Fund supports countries to build strong, solid and sustainable national capacity to engage in Codex. The launch, which was held at the Cara Lodge in…

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Codex Trust Fund workshop proves prolific in Nepal

NEPAL – The Codex Alimentarius Commission (CAC), an international food standards body established jointly by the Food and Agriculture organization (FAO) and the World Health Organization (WHO), has organized an advocacy and training workshop on codex and food safety in Nepal. The main objectives of the five-day intensive programme were to train a critical mass of officials from different agencies…

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