Among the most basic changes suggested is an administrative plan that would divide the Codex Alimentarius Commission
into two main areas, one focused on consumer health and food safety, and one that concentrates on commodities specification.
During its endeavours, the Codex Alimentarius Commission
took on board 35 new food standards, four Codes of Conduct on food hygiene and 220 maximum limits for residue in food.
Standards adopted by the Codex Alimentarius Commission
are relevant to the agreements made through the World Trade Organization (WTO), of which the U.
The next steps involve the formal approval of the adopted guideline by the full Codex Alimentarius Commission
, which will meet in Rome in July next year.
A Codex Alimentarius Commission
official said the media had passed along wrong information to the public during the chloramphenicol scare, leading some consumers to needlessly avoid some products and purchase others.
Also discussed, is the effort to achieve global standards under the Codex Alimentarius Commission
Department of Agriculture is working to quickly develop a United States position regarding a code and principles for meat and poultry hygiene that will be taken up by a Codex Alimentarius Commission
subgroup in February.
For further information on the Codex Alimentarius Commission
, please contact the Secretariat of the joint FAO/WHO Food Standards Programme, Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations, Viale delle Terme di Caracalla, 00100 Rome, Italy, tel:+39 065 7051, fax:+39 065 705 3152.
Agriculture Secretary Ann Veneman has appointed Thomas Billy as the special adviser for the Codex Alimentarius Commission
and international food safety activities.
Recent EC directives have increased the requirement for food safety management systems and an increased focus on points that are critical to food safety, the EC FLAIR concerted action programme published a user's guide for the harmonisation of HACCP throughout Europe in 1993 and the Codex Alimentarius Commission
having endorsed HACCP documented an approach for use in standards, codes and guidelines developed by Codex.
Billy also is chairperson of the Codex Alimentarius Commission
, leading the development of international food standards.
A third source of MRLs is the Codex Alimentarius Commission
, a joint organ of the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation and the World Health Organisation.