Six countries evaluate strategies for addressing foodborne antimicrobial resistance

GLOBAL – As part of the “Action to Support Implementation of Codex AMR Texts (ACT)” project, Bolivia, Cambodia, Colombia, Mongolia, Nepal, and Pakistan have evaluated their strategies for addressing foodborne antimicrobial resistance (AMR). “The main goal was to assess how each country is doing regarding the implementation of the Codex AMR texts. It was important to identify the gaps and…

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CCAFRICA reappoints Uganda as coordinator for Codex activities in Africa for 2022-2024

UGANDA – The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations/World Health Organization (FAO/WHO) Coordinating Committee for Africa (CCAFRICA) has reappointed Uganda, through the Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS), as its Coordinator for the year 2022 to 2024. This comes after the (2020–2022) term, which was successfully completed and included hosting the 24th CCAFRICA meeting in Kampala in September…

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Codex takes its AMR Codex Texts project to Bolivia, Cambodia, Colombia, Nepal

GLOBAL – The Codex Alimentarius Commission has onboarded new members from Bolivia, Cambodia, Colombia, and Nepal to its AMR Codex Texts (ACT) project to enable the countries to fight antimicrobial resistance (AMR).  The veterinarians Jorge Berrios (Bolivia), Ana Carrizosa (Colombia), and Sakar Shivakoti (Nepal) have a wealth of knowledge in inter-institutional coordination and health management. Pisey Oum (from Cambodia) lends…

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Codex re-unites on-site to continue its standards-setting mandate

ITALY – The UN food standards body, the FAO/WHO Codex Alimentarius Commission (CAC) is meeting this week to set food safety and quality standards to protect consumer health and ensure fair practices in food trade. The 45th Codex Alimentarius Commission (CAC45) meeting, which is the first physical session in three years, brought together nearly 400 delegates joined by over 350…

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Codex Alimentarius Commission announces applications for Codex Trust Fund

GLOBAL – The Codex Alimentarius Commission (CAC) is inviting countries to apply for support from the FAO/WHO Codex Trust Fund (CTF) which helps countries to build strong, solid and sustainable national capacity to engage in Codex. Applications from qualifying countries or groups of countries are evaluated in a fair and open manner, and those that are approved are given support…

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Tanzania picks up tips on Codex work, food safety standards from Uganda

UGANDA/TANZANIA – Uganda’s National Bureau of Standards (UNBS), which also serves as the CCAFRICA Coordinator, has completed a four-day session of twinning and mentoring on Codex Activities between Tanzania and Uganda. The twinning agreement’s goal is to reinforce member nations’ capacity and effectiveness in managing Codex activities, particularly with regard to chairing electronic working groups and hosting and co-hosting Codex…

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24th Codex CCAFRICA meeting underway in Uganda

UGANDA – Over 250 representatives from 49 African nations and other international partners are attending a week-long hybrid conference in Uganda to examine strategies for enhancing food safety throughout the continent. Uganda currently serves as the Coordinator and Chair of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)/World Health Organization (WHO) CODEX Alimentarius Commission, Coordinating Committee for Africa (CCAFRICA). Earlier in the…

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FAO Nigeria rolls out sensitization workshops on Codex standards

NIGERIA – The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) in Nigeria has rolled out regional awareness and sensitization workshops on the importance of Codex Alimentarius standards and codes of practice for food safety. Mr. David Tsokar, Communications Specialist for FAO, said the aim of the sensitization was to protect the health of consumers and ensure fair practices in the international food…

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Food and Agriculture Organisation sensitizes Nigerians on Codex standards

NIGERIA – The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has teamed up with the Standard Organisation of Nigeria (SON) and the National Codex Committee (NCC) under the Federal Ministry of Health, to organize a two-day “Awareness Creation Workshop on Codex Alimentarius Standards and Codes of Practice”. The workshop under the theme: “Safer Food, Better Health”, with the slogan, “Food Safety is…

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Regional regulators call for improved food safety control systems in Africa

AFRICA – Experts have underscored the need to reinforce Africa’s food safety especially through food control systems, if any progress is to be seen in the continent. This was during a regional virtual event to mark World Food Safety Day, co-organized by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Regional Office for Africa, the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Office…

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