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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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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