The 40th Session of Codex Alimentarius Commission (CAC40)

The 40th Session of Codex Alimentarius Commission (CAC 40) was held at CICG, Geneva, Switzerland during 17 -22 July

Several new standards, codes of practice and amendments/revision of existing standards were adopted in this session. The standards and other related Codex texts which are of special relevance to India are listed below:

S.No.   

Codex texts

 Adopted Standards/Codes of Practice:

1

Regional Code of Hygienic Practice for Street-Vended Foods in Asia

2

Standard for Cumin

3

Standard for dried Thyme

4

Standard for Black, White and Green Pepper

5

Standard for Dairy Permeate Powders:  The Commission adopted the standard with modification relating to label declaration of alternative product nomenclature that reflects the true nature of the product as suggested by India earlier.

6

MLs for Lead in Selected Processed Fruits and Vegetables (Pulses, Jams, Jellies and Marmalades, Preserved Tomatoes, Canned Chestnuts and Canned Chestnuts Puree) (CODEX STAN 193-1995): The Commission adopted the ML of 0.1 mg/kg for pulses, 0.4 mg/kg for “jams, jellies and marmalades”, 0.05 mg/kg for preserved tomatoes, 0.05 mg/kg for canned chestnuts and chestnuts puree. The commission adopted an ML of 0.4mg/kg for jams, jellies and marmalades as proposed by the CCCF11 which was based on the occurrence data submitted by India.

7

Standard for Fish Oils

8

Annex on Canned Pineapples for inclusion in the Standard for Certain Canned Fruits (CODEX STAN 319-2015)

9

Annex on Certain Quick Frozen Vegetables like broccoli, brussels sprouts, cauliflower, french fried potatoes, green beans and wax beans, peas and spinach (for inclusion in the Standard for Quick Frozen Vegetables (CODEX STAN 320-2015)) which is subject to endorsement by CCFL44.

10

Annex on Ergot and Ergot Alkaloids in cereal grains (annex to the Code of Practice for the Prevention and Reduction of Mycotoxin Contamination in Cereals (CAC/RCP 51-2003))

11

NRV-R for Vitamins D and E and the Conversion Factors for Vitamin E Equivalents for Labelling Purposes in the Guidelines on Nutrition Labelling (CAC/GL 2-1985)

12

Code of Practice for the Prevention and Reduction of Arsenic Contamination in Rice

13

Code of Practice for the Prevention and Reduction of Mycotoxin Contamination in Spices

14

MRLs for different combinations of pesticide/commodity(ies) (details provided here)

 Adopted Amendments/revisions to:

1

Section 2 in the Appendix of the Standard for Named Vegetable Oils (CODEX STAN 210-1999): Fatty Acid Range of Crude Rice Bran Oil (Proposed by India) : In ‘Section 2 - Composition Characteristics’ of the Appendix of Standard for Named Vegetable Oils  the insertion of following text was approved as proposed by India:

“For the fatty acid range of crude rice bran oil not intended for direct human consumption the ranges as given for rice bran oil in Table 1 apply”.

2

Scope of the Standard for Certain Canned Fruits (CODEX STAN 319-2015)

3

CCASIA Regional Standard for Chilli Sauce (CODEX STAN 306R-2011)

4

MLs for Lead and Arsenic in Edible Fats and Oils (Fish Oils) (CODEX STAN 193-1995)

5

Code of Hygienic Practice for Fresh Fruits and Vegetables (CAC/RCP 53-2003)

6

Standard for Olive Oils and Olive Pomace Oils (CODEX STAN 33- 1981): Revision of the Limits of Campesterol

7

Standard for Named Vegetable Oils (CODEX STAN 210-1999): Revision of Quality Parameters for Peanut Oil

 

In addition to above, several New Work Proposals were also approved as mentioned below:

1. New Work Proposals (originally proposed by India)

  • Revision of the Standard for Named Vegetable Oils (CODEX STAN 210-1999): Inclusion of walnut oil, almond oil, hazelnut oil, pistachio oil, flaxseed oil and avocado oil
  • Standard for Cashew Kernels
  • Conversion of the Regional Standard for Chili Sauce (CODEX STAN 306R-2011) into a Worldwide Standard
  • Revision of Standard for Mango Chutney (CODEX STAN 160-1987)
  • Standard for dried or dehydrated chilli and paprika
  • Standard for dried garlic
  • MLs for total aflatoxins and ochratoxin A in nutmeg, chili, paprika, ginger, pepper and turmeric

2.  Other New Work Proposals

  • Standard for dried or dehydrated ginger
  • Standard for dried or dehydrated garlic
  • Standard for basil
  • Standard for dried saffron
  • Standard for nutmeg
  • Standard for cloves
  • Revision of the Standard for Named Vegetable Oils (CODEX STAN 210-1999): Essential composition of sunflowerseed oils
  • Revision of the Standard for Named Vegetable Oils (CODEX STAN 210-1999): Replacement of acid value with free fatty acids for virgin palm oil and inclusion of free fatty acids for crude palm kernel oil
  • Revision of the Standard for Olive Oils and Pomace Olive Oils (CODEX STAN 33- 1981)
  • Standard for Dried Sweet Potato
  • Conversion of the Regional Standard for Gochujang (CODEX STAN 294R-2009) into a Worldwide Standard
  • Standard for Dried Fruits
  • Standard for Canned Mixed Fruits (Revision of Standard For Canned Tropical Fruit Salad (CODEX STAN 99- 1981)
  • MLs for methylmercury in fish species (tuna, alfonsino, kingfish/amberjack, marlin, shark, dogfish and swordfish)
  • Revision of the Code of Practice for the Prevention and Reduction of Dioxin and Dioxin-like PCB Contamination in Foods and Feeds (CAC/RCP 62 – 2006)
  • Code of Practice for the Reduction of 3- monochloropropane-1,2-diol esters and glycidyl esters in refined oils and products made with refined oils especially infant formula
  • Guidelines (best practice) for Risk Analysis of Chemicals inadvertently present in food at low levels
  • Revision of the Code of Practice to Minimize and Contain Antimicrobial Resistance (CAC/RCP 61-2005)
  • Guidance on Integrated Surveillance of Antimicrobial Resistance

India was re-appointed as Regional Coordinator for Asia (CCASIA) to hold office from the end of CAC40 until the end of session of the Commission scheduled for 2019.

The Commission elected the following persons to hold office till the end of the next regular (41st) Session of the Commission:

Chairperson:            Guilherme Antonio da Costa Jr. (Brazil)

Vice Chairpersons:  Mr Purwiyatno Hariyadi (Indonesia)

    Ms Mariam Eid (Lebanon)

    Mr Steve Wearne (United Kingdom)

The FAO Conference had adopted a resolution promoting 7th June as World Food Safety Day. The commission welcomed and strongly supported the observance of the World Food Safety Day which would contribute to raise awareness of food safety issues amongst all relevant stakeholders worldwide and to raise the profile of Codex with respect to food safety.

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