MAKING FOOD SAFER UNITED NATIONS FOOD STANDARDS BODY TO MEET IN GENEVA
MAKING FOOD SAFER
UNITED NATIONS FOOD STANDARDS BODY
TO MEET IN GENEVA
WHAT: The 33rd Session of the Codex Alimentarius Commission, the United Nations Food Standards body to take place. Over 500 delegates from about 130 countries will discuss international measures to make food safer and ensure fair practices in the food trade.
WHERE: International Conference Centre Geneva (CICG), 17 rue de Varembé,Geneva, Switzerland
WHEN: 5-9 July 2010
The Commission is expected to take decisions including:
Reducing risk for contamination of foods: melamine and aflatoxins
Aflatoxins are fungal toxins and human carcinogens occurring in nuts and other products under certain conditions. The Commission will look at setting maximum levels for aflatoxins in Brazil nuts and adopting a code to prevent this contamination.
Hygienic measures for safer seafood and fresh salads
Appropriate hygiene is critical for safe food. This year, the Commission will continue to work on proposed hygiene measures to control pathogenic bacteria in seafood as well as a wide array of microbial pathogens such as Salmonella in fresh leafy vegetables and fresh/pre-cut/ready-to-eat pre-packaged salads.
The 47-year-old Codex Alimentarius Commission - run jointly by United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Health Organization (WHO) - is the longest-standing example of inter-agency cooperation in the UN system. It has 173 Member States and one Member Organization, the European Union.
The Committee sets international food standards to protect the health of consumers and ensure fair trade practices in the food trade.
Provisional agenda of CAC33: ftp://ftp.fao.org/codex/CAC/CAC33/cac33_01e.pdf
Codex Alimentarius web site: http://www.codexalimentarius.net/
FAO programme on food safety and quality: http://www.fao.org/ag/agn/agns
WHO programme on food safety: http://www.who.int/foodsafety/en