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Food Law News - FAO / WHO / WTO / Codex - 2014
Codex Meeting Report, 28 November 2014
CODEX – Committee on Nutrition and Foods for Special Dietary Uses: Report of 36th Session
The Thirty-sixth Session of the Committee on Nutrition and Foods for Special Dietary Uses (CCNFSDU36) reached the following conclusions:
MATTERS FOR ADOPTION BY THE 38TH SESSION OF THE CODEX ALIMENTARIUS COMMISSION:
The Committee agreed to forward:
Draft Standards for adoption at Steps 5 and 8 of the Procedure
- Draft Revision of the General Principles for the Addition of Essential Nutrients to Foods (CAC/GL 9-1987), at Step 8 (para 53, Appendix III);
- Proposed Draft Additional or Revised Nutrient Reference Values for Labelling Purposes in the Guidelines on Nutrition Labelling NRV-R for Vitamin C, zinc, selenium, molybdenum and manganese, at Step 5/8 (para 82, Appendix IV Part 1);
- Proposed Draft Nutrient Reference Value for Potassium in relation to the risk of non-communicable diseases, at Step 5/8 (para 116, Appendix V).
Other texts for adoption
- Amendments to the Annex of the Guidelines on Nutrition Labelling (CAC/GL 2-1985) (para 82, Appendix IV Part 2);
- Amendments to the Standard for Foods for Special Dietary Use for Persons Intolerant to Gluten (CODEX STAN 11-1979) to add the term “khorasan wheat” (para 193, Appendix X);
- Amendments to the Advisory List of Nutrient Compounds for Use in Foods for Special Dietary Uses Intended for Infants and Young Children (CAC/GL 10-1979) to include zinc citrates (para 188, Appendix VIII); and
- Proposed Draft Revision of the list of food additives in CODEX STAN 72-1981 to include INS 472c and INS 1450 (para 152, Appendix VI Part 1).
The Committee submitted for approval new work on:
- Definition for biofortification or biofortified foods (para 164, Appendix VII); and
- NRV-NCD for eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) long chain omega-3 fatty acids (para 191, Appendix IX).
MATTERS OF INTEREST TO THE COMMISSION
- provided replies regarding the status of implementation of selected activities of the Codex Strategic Plan 2014 – 2019 relevant to its work (para 14 and Appendix II);
- agreed to discontinue consideration of amendment to the Standard for Processed Cereal-based Foods for Infants and Young Children (CODEX STAN 74-1981) to include a New Part B for Underweight Children (para 89);
- returned the revision of the Standard for Follow-up Formula (CODEX STAN 156-1987) to Step 2 for redrafting, circulation for comments at Step 3 and consideration at its next session (para 107);
- to keep the amended working list of additives (wish-list) up to the next session when a decision would be made on its future status (para 152, Appendix VI Part 2);
- to defer discussions on conditions for claims for trans fatty acids to its next session pending the outcome of the NUGAG review and the advice from CCMAS on methodological issues (para 157); and
- to request UNICEF, with support of Senegal, to prepare a revised discussion paper and project document on a standard for ready-to-use food (RUF) to be presented at the next session (para 183).
MATTERS OF INTEREST TO OTHER COMMITTEES
The Committee agreed:
- to recommend to CCMAS to retain AACCI 32-45.01 Type I method for total dietary fibre and adopt AACCI 32-50.01 as Type I method for insoluble and soluble parts of dietary fibre; and to review if AOAC 2009.01 should be considered as Type IV; and to adopt AOAC 2011:25 as Type IV method (para 17); and
- to request advice on the lowest level of TFAs that current analytical methods can accurately detect as well as consistently reproduce (para 157).
The Committee agreed:
- to ask CCFA to examine if the following: “Additives for use in CODEX STAN 72-1981 shall require also an assessment from JECFA that explicitly states that the substance is safe to be used in infants below twelve weeks of age” could be included in the preamble of the GSFA (para 152); and
- to ask if food additives in Sections A and B of the Standard for Infant Formula and Formulas for Special Medical Purposes Intended for Infants (CODEX STAN 72-1981) and sections 13.1.1 and 13.1.3 of the GSFA could be prioritised for alignment, in order to protect vulnerable infants (para 152).
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