Food Law News - FAO/WHO/WTO/Codex - 2009
Codex Report (ALINORM 09/32/224), 4 - 8 May 2009
CODEX – Committee on Food Labelling (37 th Meeting), Calgary, Canada
The summary and conclusions of the 37th Session of the Codex Committee on Food Labelling are as follows:
Matters for adoption by the 31st Session of the Codex Alimentarius Commission:
- advanced to Step 5A the Draft Amendment to the Guidelines for the Production, Processing, Labelling and Marketing of Organically Produced Foods: Table 2 of Annex 2 (conditions for use of rotenone) (para. 86, Appendix V); and
- forwarded for adoption editorial amendments to the General Standard for the Labelling of and Claims for Prepackaged Foods for Special Dietary Uses (CODEX STAN 146-1985) and to the Guidelines for the Production, Processing, Labelling and Marketing of Organically Produced Foods (CAC/GL 32-1999) (paras 107 - 121).
Other Matters of Interest to the Commission
- endorsed the labelling provisions in several Draft Standards, thereby allowing their adoption by the Commission (paras 11-12);
- returned to Step 3 the Proposed draft Revised Guidelines on Nutrition Labelling (Section 3.2 Listing of Nutrients) and the Proposed Draft Recommended Principles and Criteria for Legibility of Nutrition Labelling (para. 43, Appendix II and para. 71, Appendix III;
- returned to Step 6 the Draft Amendment to the Guidelines for the Production, Processing, Labelling and Marketing of Organically Produced Foods: Annex 1 (inclusion of ethylene for other products) (para. 81, Appendix IV);
- retained at Step 7 the Draft Amendment to the General Standard for the Labelling of Prepackaged Foods (Draft Recommendations for the Labelling of Foods Obtained through Certain Techniques of Genetic Modification/Genetic Engineering): Definitions (para. 91, Appendix VI) and returned to Step 3 the Proposed Draft Recommendations for the Labelling of Food and Food Ingredients Obtained through Certain Techniques of Genetic Modification/Genetic Engineering (para. 105, Appendix VII).
Matters referred to the Committee on Nutrition and Foods for Special Dietary Uses
The Committee agreed to request CCNFSDU to consider the following:
- inclusion of saturated fat and sodium in relation to nutrient reference values for nutrients associated with risk of non-communicable diseases;
- establishment of claims for use for labelling relating to salt, trans-fatty acids and added sugars;
- development of principles for countries to evaluate criteria 1 “the ability of nutrition labelling to address public health issues” when addressing balancing national and global health issues.
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