Dr David Jukes, The University of Reading, UK

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Food Law News - FAO / WHO / WTO / Codex - 2016

Codex Meeting Report, 27 June - 1 July 2016

CODEX – Report of the Commission Meeting (39th Session): Executive Summary

The full report is available at: Codex Alimentarius Commission (39th Session)

The Commission:

a) Adopted new and revised food quality and safety standards and related texts for application by Governments and

b) Adopted amendments to texts in the Codex Procedural Manual

c) Approved items for new work, including priority lists for pesticides for evaluation or re-evaluation by JMPR.

d) Approved proposals for discontinuation of work and proposals for revocation of existing standards and related texts.

e) Agreed to establish an Ad Hoc Intergovernmental Task Force on Antimicrobial Resistance (TFAMR) to be hosted by the Republic of Korea.

f) Agreed to discontinue discussion on the ToR of the internal Secretariat-led review and requested the Secretariat to regularly review Codex work management as part of the monitoring of the Codex Strategic Plan and regularly inform both CCEXEC and CAC on the findings and recommended actions.

g) Took note of the report on expenditure for the biennium 2014-15 and of the budget proposal for the biennium 2018-19 and adopted the new work plan and budget for the biennium 2016-17. Expressed appreciation for the contributions of host governments and governments seconding staff to the Codex Secretariat.

h) Thanked FAO and WHO for their continued support to develop national capacities to plan for, assess, and manage food safety and consumer protection issues.

i) Expressed appreciation to FAO and WHO for the scientific advice provided and reaffirmed its trust in the scientific rigor and independence of the FAO/WHO scientific advice as the preeminent scientific support to the work of Codex; requested FAO to further protect the budget for scientific advice and to WHO to find suitable mechanisms to secure a higher level of funding for its scientific advice programme within the regular budget; and called on Members to provide additional resources in such a way that would increase the funding of the scientific advice programme in a predictable manner until a long-term solution is found.;

j) Reiterated appreciation to FAO/WHO and the CTF Secretariat for the effective management of CTF1 during 2004-2015, and acknowledged the important financial and in-kind contributions made by the CTF1 donors and noted the report received regarding CTF2 initial activities and acknowledged the work being undertaken.

k) Re-elected as Chairperson Mrs Awilo Ochieng Pernet (Switzerland), and as Vice-Chairpersons: Mr Guilherme Antonio da Costa Jr. (Brazil), Ms Yayoi Tsujiyama (Japan) and Mr Mahamadou Sako (Mali).

l) Adjourned sine die the Committee on Fish and Fishery Products expressing its gratitude to Norway.

m) Proposed that CCEXEC73 further discuss the document on relations between FAO and WHO policies, strategies and guidelines and Codex work; and agreed to consider at its next session issues related to the change of domain of the Codex webpage.

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