Codex Alimentarius Commission Approves New Work Projects (Online Exclusive) Edward Scarbrough | September 2011, Volume 65, No.9

At its most recent meeting, the Codex Alimentarius Commission (Codex) approved 24 new work projects. IFT remains actively involved and invites your participation; your input is valuable.

At its most recent meeting, the Codex Alimentarius Commission (Codex) approved 24 new work projects (Thirty-fourth Session, International Conference Centre, Geneva, Switzerland, 4 - 9 July 2011, Report: APPENDIX VI – List of Draft Standards and Related Texts Approved as New Work by the Thirty-fourth Session of the Codex Alimentarius Commission, p. 104). Under the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, Codex develops international food standards, which are recognized by the trade agreements of the World Trade Organization as providing benchmarks in settling international trade disputes. IFT has actively participated in various Codex committees and task forces as an international nongovernmental organization (NGO) with observer status since 1992 and is engaged in the work of several committees, providing meeting reports prepared by IFT’s representatives (IFT Codex Subject Experts). IFT also regularly posts online announcements of comment opportunities and invitations for members to provide input to IFT on specific work topics (see http://www.ift.org/public-policy-and-regulations/advocacy/international-advocacy.aspx). The new work projects are as follows:

Codex Committee on Residues of Veterinary Drugs in Food
1. Performance criteria for multi-residue analytical methods for veterinary drug residue analyses. Comment: The purpose of the work is to update the existing general guidance document, Guidelines for the Design and Implementation of National Regulatory Food Safety Assurance Programmes Associated with the Use of Veterinary Drugs in Food Producing Animals to reflect important advances in veterinary drug residue analyses, taking into account the recently published Guidelines on Analytical Terminology.

Lead countries: Canada and the United Kingdom
Reference: REP 11/RVDF, paragraph 65 and Appendix V

2. Priority list of veterinary drugs requiring evaluation or re-evaluation by JECFA. Comment: Drugs being considered include Monepantel, Monensin, Derquantel, Apramycin, Amoxicillin, Narasin, Triclabendazole, and Ivermectin.

Reference: REP 11/RVDF, paragraph 83 and Appendix VI

Codex Committee for Nutrition and Foods for Special Dietary Uses
3. Inclusion of a new part for underweight children in the Standard for Processed Cereal-Based Foods for Infants and Young Children. Comment: The purpose is to establish a new Part B for cereal-based foods for underweight infants and young children, which would include specific provisions for considering the minimum cereal content and energy density and prescribing minimum protein contents.

Lead country: India
Reference: REP11/NFSDU, paragraph 123 and Appendix V
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