Codex committee on food labelling to meet in Canada –

Codex committee on food labelling to meet in Canada Published:  14 March, 2008

The FSA will act as UK representatives

THE Codex Committee on Food Labelling (CCFL), which is responsible for drawing up internationally-agreed standards and codes of practice, will be held in Ottawa, Canada, from April 28 – May 2.

The session, the committee’s 36th, is being convened under the authority of the Codex Alimentarius Commission, which implements the Joint Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and World Health Organisation (WHO) Food Standards Programme, and is open to Member Nations and Associate Members of both organisations and to observers.

It will be attended by delegates from the Food Standards Agency as UK representatives.

The Codex Alimentarius is a collection of internationally adopted food standards, codes of practice, guidelines and recommendations. They have been created for the purpose of protecting the health of consumers and ensuring fair practices in the food trade.

Although these standards do not have statutory force, an increasing number of countries align their food standards with Codex following WHO agreements that say that Codex standards are favoured in international trade disputes.

The provisional agenda for the 36th session includes:

. Consideration of labelling provisions in draft Codex standards;

. Implementation of the WHO Global Strategy on Diet, Physical Activity and Health;

. Guidelines for the production, processing, labelling and marketing of organically produced foods;

. Labelling of foods and food ingredients obtained through techniques of genetic modification/genetic engineering;

. General standard for the labelling of pre-packaged foods (quantitative declaration of ingredients);

. Discussion paper on advertising in relation to nutrition and health claims; and

. Modified standardised common names. is published by Special Publications. Special Publications also publish FISHupdate magazine, Fish Farmer, the Fish Industry Yearbook, the Scottish Seafood Processors Federation Diary, the Fish Farmer Handbook and a range of wallplanners.