Chronicle of events of the Codex Alimentarius of the National Center of Expertise

Review Workshop on Codex Alimentarius

Kazakhstan Codex team held a review workshop on Codex Alimentarius issues on December, 22 2022.

Considered ministries, agencies, universities, business operators took part in this workshop.

Kazakhstan Codex team informed on Codex Alimentarius Commission structure, online codex tools, online commenting system, EWGs.

There was a lively discussion among workshop participants about the role and benefits of using Codex standards. The participants of the workshop spoke in favor of holding such seminars on a regular basis with the involvement of young employees. University professors spoke in favor of holding lecture courses, seminars with the participation of the Codex Alimentarius Team. The wish was expressed for a stable sustainable activity of Kazakhstan Codex Team in future.

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Meeting of the Interagency Steering Council on Codex Alimentarius issues for the 4th quarter of 2022

A regular meeting of the Interagency Council was held under the chairmanship of the Deputy Chairman of the Sanitary and Epidemiological Control Committee of the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Kazakhstan Rakhimzhanova M. The report of Professor Karsybekova N. was presented on the activities of the Codex Alimentarius Group for October-December 2022Э

Food hygiene experts Tolysbayeva Zh. and veterinary/phytosanitary Sharipov Z. reported on the work with national experts, the results and conclusions of a survey conducted among national experts on the topic of work on the Codex Alimentarius and within the framework of the relevant Committees supervised by them.

The Deputy Chairman of the CSEC proposed to schedule the next meeting of the Interagency Council to review the priority profile Committees of the Codex, as well as to determine the standards for products that are of interest to manufacturers of imported products, to bring them to the indicators of the Codex standards.

Deputy Head of the Coordination Center for Technical Regulation of the Committee for Technical Regulation and Metrology of the Ministry of Trade and Integration of the Republic of Kazakhstan Razzarenov A. offered cooperation in the framework of work with experts. The Coordinating Center has now assembled a professional team of expert analysts.

Director of the Department of Strategic Development of the RSE on the REM "National Center of Expertise" Alzhanov E. presented the vision of the work of the Codex Alimentarius Group for 2023-2025. at the National Center of Expertise. It is planned to include the Group in the staff of the enterprise to work in the sector of international cooperation and expand their functionality.

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Issue of the annual digital Codex magazine for 2022

The Codex website hosts the annual digital edition of the Codex magazine for 2022. The magazine tells the major activities that have taken place from CAC44 to CAC45, through which CAC45 has been able to set over 20 standards that protect consumer health and facilitate trade.

The page 39 of the digital magazine is dedicated to the European region, there are photos of the Vice Ministers of Health Esmagambetova A. S. and Agriculture Kurmanov R. Zh., who delivered a welcoming speech at the 32nd session of CCEURO.

The main topic of CCEURO’32, chaired by Kazakhstan, was defined as “Sustainability of food systems and the role of Codex”. During the discussion, it was agreed that sustainability depends in part on cooperation and information sharing on emerging food safety issues in the region and that the One Health approach is an integral part of a sustainable, food and secure world. Other current and emerging issues were also discussed, including food fraud, which was the subject of a CCEURO side event, the COVID-19 pandemic, changing consumer demand, and emergency food safety strategies.

Regarding regional standards, CCEURO32 agreed to amend the text in the regional standard for chanterelles (CXS 40R-1981).

Azerbaijan has prepared a short summary of work under Codex. Thus, in 2020, Azerbaijan prepared a series of national standards based on the texts of the Codex. These include work on contaminants done with reference to the General Standard for Contaminants and Toxins in Food and Feed (CXS 193-1995); The MRLs for veterinary drugs are based on the Codex MRLs and are working on minimum quality and safety requirements for named vegetable oils which makes reference to the eponymous Codex text (CXS 210-1999).

The publication of the digital magazine has already become an integral tradition in the period of information technology on the eve of Codex sessions.

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The 45th session of the Codex Alimentarius Commission

November 21 - 25, 2022, the 45th session of the Codex Alimentarius Commission (hereinafter CAC) (hereinafter CAC) was held in Rome (Italy). This is the highest body of the organization and all Codex decisions are valid only after approval by CAC. Delegates from 175 countries attended CAC45 physically and virtually. The Kazakh delegation included Deputy Chairman of the Sanitary and Epidemiological Control Committee of the Ministry of Healthcare of the RK Rakhimzhanova Maral and Kazakhstan Codex Alimentarius Team.

Kazakhstan transferred the functions of the Regional Coordinator of the CCEURO, which it has led for two terms since 2017, to the Federal Republic of Germany at this session. Codex Subsidiary Bodies’ issues, changes in the Codex Procedural Manual, the CCEXEC report, the Strategic Plan for 2020-2025 and other issues also were discussed.

A hot discussion arose during considering the Maximum Levels (MLs) for total aflatoxins in maize grain, destined for further processing; flour meal, semolina and flakes derived from maize; husked rice; sorghum grain, destined for further processing; cereal-based food for infants and young children. Kazakhstan confirmed its reservation under this document, announced at the Codex Committee. Many countries of the European and African regions have expressed reservations, because of the proposed MLs are high for the mentioned products.

The growth hormone zilpaterol hydrochloride has a special place in the work and discussion of the Committee members. Its discussion took about 2 working days of the CAC45. Given the fact that a consensus could not be reached for several years, a vote was announced. Kazakhstan voted against the approval of the maximum level proposed by the CCRVDF. According to the results of the voting, which took place in 2 stages, the standard passed to the step 5, but was not approved as the final version. Further consideration will take place at the sessions of the Commission in accordance with the procedures.

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Online meeting on discussion of growth hormone zilpaterol

November 7, 2022, An online meeting was held regarding the CRD01 submitted to the CCEXEC’83 on growth hormone – zilpaterol. The meeting was chaired by the Chairman of the Codex Alimentarius Commission, Steve Wearne (UK). 3 Deputies Chairmen of the Commission, the Codex Secretariat, the JECFA Secretariat, FAO Headquarters, representatives of the post-Soviet countries - Kazakhstan, Russia, Belarus, Turkmenistan, Moldova, as well as the EEC, researchers of the Federal Scientific Center for Medical and Preventive Technologies for Public Health Risk Management in Rospotrebnadzor (Professor Shur P.Z., Junior Researcher Zelenkin S.E.), Codex Alimentarius Team of Kazakhstan.

Karsybekova N., CCEURO Coordinator, announced the provisions of the CRD signed by 7 countries (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russian Federation, Republic of Belarus, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan) and the EEC, requiring clarification on some provisions for the Codex and JECFA Secretariats.

Then the floor was given to Professor Shur P., who noted that the approval of the standard for the MRL of zilpaterol hydrochloride is premature.

The Republic of Belarus announced that vulnerable groups of the population, such as pregnant women, children, elderly and senile people, were not taken into account. Considering that zilpaterol has a detrimental effect on the lungs and cardiovascular system, this is a big omission.

Turkmenistan informed that hormonal agents, as growth stimulants, should be used only for the treatment of animals, but not for prevention.

Kazakhstan informed that the types of edible offals in which the study was carried out is very limited (muscles, liver, kidneys). There are no such target tissues as lungs, heart, which should have been examined in the first order, because they primarily respond to zilpaterol as target organs.

Representatives of JECFA informed that in the available publications they did not find data on modeling the chronic variant of the experiment, if someone has it, they are asked to provide it.

Markus Lipp, FAO Representative said that he would be happy to receive articles, publications on the above provisions, if any. Prof. Shur Z. promised to send an article on risk assessment and analysis.

The CAC Chairman Steve Wearne, noted that scientific approaches can be different. In general, the meeting was useful and productive. The discussion will be continued at the CAC’45.

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Webinar on the Application of the Statements of Principles Concerning the Role of Science

September 20, 2022, the Codex Alimentarius Team participated in a webinar on the application of the Statements of Principles concerning the Role of Science (SoP) arranged by the Codex Secretariat. The webinar speaker was the Deputy Chairman of the Codex Alimentarius Commission, Raj Rajasekar. Raj leads the subcommittee on the application of the SoP in the framework of the Executive Committee. The SoP is developed to provide a way forward in situations when there is agreement on science but differing views on other consideration.

The speaker outlined the structure and content of the SoP, 3 possible scenarios for promoting standards for the next procedural steps, options for operationalization, as well as cases when the SoP is not invoked. It was noted that significant progress had been made in most sections within the framework of the subcommittee in the Executive Committee of the Codex Alimentarius Commission.

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Exchange lessons learned and successes of Kazakhstan during its chairmanship of the FAO/WHO Coordinating Committee for Europe (CCEURO) of the Codex Alimentarius Commission with the future regional coordinator

As you know, from January 1, 2023, the chairmanship of the FAO/WHO Coordinating Committee for Europe (CCEURO) of the Codex Alimentarius Commission will pass from Kazakhstan to the Federal Republic of Germany.

On October 19, 2022, an online meeting of the Codex Alimentarius Group of Kazakhstan with the Codex Contact Structure of Germany was held. The main issues included on the agenda were the lessons learned and experience gained in Kazakhstan's chairmanship of CCEURO, as well as discussion of the implementation of future plans.

Kazakhstan shared information on interaction with post-Soviet countries and their Codex of contact points for the period of two-time CCEURO chairmanship from 2017 to 2022. Approaches to improve the involvement of all CCEURO members in achieving the goals and objectives were discussed.

Germany provided information on ongoing work in preparation for the Global Forum for Food and Agriculture (GFFA) in January 2023.

The parties also discussed the vision for the implementation of the Support Measures for the implementation of the Activities to be implemented in the European Region in 2022-2023 under the Codex Strategic Plan 2020-2025, approved at the 32nd session of CCEURO.

Further collaboration with the Codex Trust Fund Secretariat, the FAO and WHO regional offices, and other Regional Coordinators and the Chair and Vice-Chairs of the Codex Alimentarius Commission was considered.

At the request of the Codex Contact Structure of Germany, Kazakhstan shared additional materials, presentations that were used during working visits to post-Soviet countries

An agreement was reached within the upcoming 45th session of the Codex Alimentarius Commission (from November 21 to December 13, 2022) to hold a physical meeting of the Codex of Contact Points of all post-Soviet countries with the Federal Republic of Germany.

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Meeting of the Interdepartmental Coordinating Council for the 3rd quarter, 2022

October 6, 2022, a meeting of the Interagency Coordinating Council on Codex Alimentarius issues for the 3rd quarter 2022 was held.

Doctor of Medical Sciences, Professor Karsybekova N. presented a report on the activities of the Codex Alimentarius Team for the past 3rd quarter of 2022 held at the regional and national levels.

The Codex contact point of the Republic of Kazakhstan Tolysbayeva Zh. acquainted ICC members with the questionnaire developed by the Codex Secretariat for all countries. The purpose of the survey is to explore the scope, usefulness and use of Codex standards to assess their impact. The electronic version of the questionnaire was sent to the e-mail addresses of ICC members. Answers of the questionnaire will be integrated and forwarded to the Codex Secretariat.

The Deputy Chairman of the Committee for Sanitary and Epidemiological Control of the MoH Rakhimzhanova M. spoke on the third point of the agenda. She informed that the Supervisory Board of the RSE on the REM "National Center of Expertise" adopted the work of the Team for the past period and recognized the activities within the Codex Alimentarius as a priority for the Enterprise.

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Working meetings within the framework of the visit of the Food Safety Officer of the WHO Office for Europe Peter Hoejskov

October 11, 2022. The Codex Alimentarius Team took part in a working meeting with WHO European Foods Safety Officer Peter Hoejskov. The Head of the Department for Control of Technical Regulations for Food of the CSEC of the Ministry of Healthcare of the Republic of Kazakhstan Kaskataeva D., the international expert of WHO Jeronimas Maskeliunas (Lithuania), the expert on the Common Health of the WHO country office Spataev Ye. attended this meeting.

Regional coordinator for Europe, Karsybekova N. reported about implementation of activities under the Trust Fund project for the 1st-3rd quarters of 2022. All activities were completed except of the development of the National Program on Codex Alimentarius, which was postponed to the 1st quarter of 2023. WHO Regional Office highly appreciated the Project activities.

Head of the Department for Control of Technical Regulations for Foods of the CSEC of the MoH Kaskataeva D. informed about the decision of the CSEC of the MoH to extend the validity of the Codex Alimentarius Team contracts until 2025 and about the obligations to carry out activities within the framework of the Trust Fund project in 2023. And the performance of the CA Team functions as the contact person for INFOSAN and RASFF have been defined.

In the framework of the visit of the WHO Regional Office Peter Hoejskov, a working meeting was also held in a hybrid format at the Atameken National Chamber of Entrepreneurs with food producers of the Republic of Kazakhstan, employees of NCE Atameken, the CSEC of the MoH, the post-Soviet member countries of the European Region and EEС’ CCP.

WHO international expert Jeronimas Maskeliunas presented the basics of international trade, comparative aspects of the food legislation of the EU and the EAEU.

There was a discussion of presentations, an exchange of views among member countries of the region, producers.


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Artificial Intelligence in detecting food falsifications

September 13, 2022 The international conference "Artificial Intelligence (AI) for detecting food falsifications" was held in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan.

The conference was organized by: FAO/WHO Coordinating Committee for Europe of the Codex Alimentarius Commission (CCEURO), European Center for Peace and Development of the United Nations University for Peace (ECPD), International Food Standards Certification Organization (IFSCO) with the support of the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Kazakhstan, the Committee for sanitary and epidemiological control, National Center for Expertise.

The conference was attended by 1680 participants from Europe and Asia.

The conference adopted a resolution outlining measures to promote international Codex standards through AI.

An important stage of this program will be the establishment of an AI center for the certification of the authenticity of food products and food additives based on the international standards of the FAO/WHO Codex Alimentarius. The center will operate as an international consortium of leading artificial intelligences from Europe, Asia and America, headquartered in Kazakhstan.

The Conference endorsed FAO's statements about the formidable barriers to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goal of ending hunger by 2030. As one of the measures to prevent this huge international problem, the conference called on the owners of all artificial intelligences to hold an online conference of artificial intelligences to predict the consequences of a possible famine and measures to prevent it.

The conference also supported the Rome Сall of FAO, Google, and IBM for ethics of AI, initiated by the Vatican.

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Informal consultations of the Bureau of the Codex Alimentarius Commission with the European Region on zilpaterod hydrochloride

On August 17, 2022, at the initiative of the Chair of the Codex Alimentarius Commission, Steve Wearne, a zoom meeting was prepared and held with the countries of the European Region to discuss zilpaterol hydrochoride.

The meeting was attended by the Chairman of the Codex Alimentarius Commission Steve Warne, his deputies Raj Rajesekr (New Zealand), Alan Azegel (Kenya), Diego Varela (Chile), member countries of the European Region, as well as the observer organization - the Eurasian Economic Commission . The total number of participants is 54 people. The meeting was held in English.

Raj Rajesekr, as Chairman of the Subcommittee on the "Declaration of Principles on the role of science", presented the results of the discussion of the Subcommittee, held on August 10, 2022. Norway, Great Britain, the European Union, Finland, the Netherlands took an active part in the discussion.

The European Union has proposed discontinuation of work on the standard - the MRL for zilpaterol hydrochloride.

Regional Coordinator Nailya Karsybekova voiced the position of the European Region on this issue, confirmed at the 32nd session of the FAO/WHO Coordinating Committee for Europe of the Codex Alimentarius Commission

Post-Soviet countries ( Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, the Russian Federation, the Republic of Belarus, Turkmenistan), the observer organization, the Eurasian Economic Commission, took part.

In view of the low turnout of the ex-USSR countries, the Regional Coordinator mentioned the need for a separate discussion of this issue with the countries of the post-Soviet space.

This meeting is scheduled for September 2022.

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Conducting Format of the coming 45th session of the Codex Alimentarius Commission

August 1, 2022, an online meeting for all member countries and observer organizations of the Codex Alimentarius Commission (CAC) was held. The only issue on the agenda was the format of the CAC45. This event was translated into 6 UN languages, including Russian. The meeting was opened by the Chairman of the CAC Steve Wearne, then the Codex Secretariat presented information on the format and dates of the CAC45.

The 45th session will take place physically in Rome, Italy from 21 to 25 November 2022. The format of participation is hybrid. It was noted that it was essential to have a physical meeting with as many countries (members) as possible to interact with them. At the same time, the situation with Covid-19 has to limit the number of delegates from the country for physical participation at CAC45. However, the number of delegates per country is not regulated for virtual participation. Observer organizations can only participate virtually.

Meetings will be held every day from 10.00 CET. There is a break during each plenary session. The report will be approved virtually on December 12 and 13, 2022.

Participants of the event asked questions of both technical and procedural nature. The Codex Secretariat responded to some of them, noted others for review for the upcoming session. The Codex Secretariat also thanked everyone for contribution in preparing the CAC45.

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Meeting with the International Food Standards Certification Organization

July 14, 2022, the NCE hosted a meeting with the General Director of the International Food Standards Certification Organization (IFSCO) in Geneva, Switzerland, Professor W. Fersht and General Manager Dr. Li Haibao. From the Kazakh side Deputy Chairman of the Committee for Sanitary and Epidemiological Control of the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Kazakhstan Rakhimzhanova M.T., the chief expert of the Department for Control of Technical Regulations for Food Products of the CSEC of the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Kazakhstan Esdauletova G.K., Codex Alimentarius Group participated in the meeting. The organization was established by Chinese commercial and industrial companies for cooperation between Europe and China under the Codex Alimentarius program. The meeting discussed the possibility of holding a major European-Chinese conference, a meeting on innovative technologies and the Trust Fund invested by the Chinese side, as well as a meeting with the Kazakh Agrotechnical University named after S. Seifullin to train students in the field of food safety bilaterally.

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Where are we? What's to be done?

On July 13, 2022, Nailya Karsybekova, Regional Coordinator for Europe, arranged a meeting with Codex contact persons of the post-Soviet countries - Central Asia, the Caucasus, Ukraine, and Russia.

An analysis of the work for the entire period for coordinating Kazakhstan from August 2017 to the present was carried out.

Lessons learned, achievements, an arsenal of new tasks, and their solution were discussed.

The current work of the Codex in the countries, the importance of the activity of countries in the work of the Codex subsidiary bodies, strengthening the role of national coordinating councils on issues of the Codex Alimentarius and intersectoral cooperation, strengthening cooperation with the country offices of FAO, WHO were discussed.

Interest has been expressed by countries in conducting capacity building training webinars on Codex Alimentarius issues. Proposals for the newly nominated regional coordinator have been announced.

The countries expressed a unanimous position on further consolidation and intensification of work on the issues of the Codex Alimentarius for the benefit of the regional family of the Codex and the Code as a whole.

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A meeting of the Interagency Coordinating Council on the issues of the Codex Alimentarius was held

June 24, 2022, the meeting of the ICC was chaired by the Deputy of Chair of CSEC of MoH Rakhimzhanova M. Reports related to the 32nd session of the FAO/WHO Coordinating Committee for Europe of the Codex Alimentarius Commission (CCEURO) and the 15th session of the Codex Committee on Contamination in Food were heard. High appreciation was given to the work of Kazakhstan as the Chairman of the FAO/WHO Coordinating Committee for Europe.The members of the Council discussed the results of the work of the Committees, shared their opinion on the issue of a high level of MLs for lead in CU TR 021-2011 “About Safety Food” and the attitude to this issue in the country.

Further, the workshop for national experts with participation of the WHO international expert Jeronimas Maskyulinis was reported. Professor of KazATU Maikanov B. presented information on holding on June 7 a scientific and methodological workshop dedicated to the World Food Safety Day on the topic: “Safety and quality of various nuts”.

In the “Other business” section, Professor Karsybekova N.M. informed about the letter from the General director of the International Food Standards Certification Organization. This non-governmental organization plans to hold a European-Chinese conference in October this year. They are interested in participation and cooperation with Kazakhstan food safety organizations.

The minutes of the meeting and its recommendations can be found here.

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Seminar with national experts “Increasing the capacity of national experts on Codex Alimentarius issues. Formation of skills in working with the online tools of the Codex”

June, 9-10, 2022 Within the FAO/WHO Trust Fund Project “Building Sustainable National Capacity on Codex Alimentarius Issues”, two-day workshop for national experts was held with the participation of international mentor and WHO expert Jeronimas Maskyulinis. The purpose of the seminar: “Increasing the capacity of national experts on Codex Alimentarius issues. Formation of skills in working with the online tools of the Codex”. Rakhimzhanova M.T., Deputy Chairman of the CSEC of the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Kazakhstan, took part in the seminar.

WHO International Consultant Jeronimas Maskyulinis presented “Risk analysis within the Codex Alimentarius Commission and at the country level”, “Impact of decisions of the Codex Alimentarius Commission on circular letters”, “Interaction between the Committee on Pesticide Residues and the Committee on Residues of Veterinary Drugs in Food products."

On the second day of the session, experts on food hygiene and veterinary/phytosanitary of the Codex Alimentarius Group Tolysbayeva Zh. and Sharipov Z. conducted a practical session with the support of the Codex Secretariat team (David Massey, Peter D'Tomassa) related to Codex electronic tools using examples of 2 circular letters Codex (CL 2022/24/OCS-NFSDU Request for Comments on Preamble and Structure: Review of the Standard for Subsequent Blends (CXS 156-1987), CL 2022/36-PR Coordination between CCPR/CCRVDF: Request for Comments on Agreed Definitions/Terms for : "edible offal" and other edible animal tissue, i.e. "meat"/"muscle" and "fat")

The seminar was held at a good professional level. The activity of national experts was high. At the end of the seminar, all participants were issued certificates signed by the WHO international expert Jeronimas Maskyulinis.

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Workshop for WFSD in Kazakhstan

June 7, 2022. A scientific and methodological workshop dedicated to the World Food Safety Day was held on the topic: “Safety and quality of various nuts” at the basis of NJSC Kazakh Agrotechnical University named after. S. Seifullin (KazATU). The workshop participants were represented by the KazATU (teaching staff, undergraduates), heads of food markets laboratories, a major supplier of nuts to the markets of Nur-Sultan, WHO international consultant (Eronimas Maskeliunas), consultant of the WHO country office, Kazakhstan Codex Alimentarius Team.

The role of the Codex Alimentarius in food safety, the WHO global strategy for food safety, the role of risk analysis and assessment at the country level were discussed at the workshop. The second part of it covered such issues as food safety control in Kazakhstan, the establishment of MLs for aflatoxins in nuts in CCCF, the study of various nuts for the aflatoxins content and the nuts quality presented at the country's markets was discussed.

By the end of the presentations, the laboratory of the KazATU department has been demonstrated, that analyzes nuts to determine aflatoxins in it.

It was decided to continue the interaction between the Department of Veterinary Sanitation, the laboratory service of the markets, the national Codex contact structure and WHO, to highlight the results of the research work of the department on measures to reduce the aflatoxin impact on the human body.

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FAO/WHO Side Event on Food Fraud of 32nd session of the FAO/WHO Regional Coordinating Committee for Europe

As part of the virtual 32nd session of the FAO/WHO Regional Coordinating Committee for Europe (CCEURO), on May 19, 2022, FAO/WHO Side Event dedicated to the issues of food fraud has been held. This event was conducted as an outcome of the agreements reached at the 31st session of CCEURO in Almaty, on enhancing actions and increasing cooperation across sectors and countries and the important role of the Codeх on this issue.

The presentation was made by Carmen Bullon (Representative of the FAO Legal Unit) on the joint work of FAO and the University of California at Los Angeles to develop regulatory strategies to counter food fraud. The panel discussion was attended by representatives of the Directorate General of Health and Food Safety of the European Commission, the Food and Veterinary Agency of North Macedonia, the Directorate General of Food Control of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry of the Republic of Turkey, Laboratory of the Government Chemist (LGC) of United Kingdom. On behalf of the RSE «National Center of Expertise» of the CSEC of the Ministry of Healthcare of the Republic of Kazakhstan, the Director of the Department for Methodological and Metrological Support M.B. Kantarbaeva have been participated.

All participants emphasized the importance and necessity of forecasting, preventing and controlling food fraud. For these purposes, international cooperation, data exchange, identification of gaps and control of food fraud, including with the use of modern information technologies, are of particular importance for these purposes. In combating food fraud, there is a need to develop a concerted approach to improving legislation against fraud, the use of validated methods and standards to detect fraud and to raise consumer awareness.

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Holding CCEURO’32 chaired by Kazakhstan

On May 16-20, 2022, the 32nd session of the FAO/WHO Coordinating Committee for Europe of the Codex Alimentarius Commission (hereinafter CCEURO’32) was held under the chairmanship of Kazakhstan. For the first time in history of the Commission, the regional Committee was held in a virtual format. The Codex Alimentarius Team of Kazakhstan, as the CCEURO Secretariat, together with the Codex Secretariat, FAO Headquarters, FAO and WHO Regional Offices, worked in Rome, at the office of the Codex Alimentarius Commission. More than 40 observer organizations and some countries from other regions also participated in the session.

Main issues discussed at the session:

  • sustainability of food systems and the role of Codex
  • the situation of food safety and quality in the countries of the region (country experience)
  • updates on the work of FAO and WHO for regional interest
  • implementation of the Codex Strategic Plan 2020-2025.
  • other topical issues for the region.

CCEURO’32 documents and report can be found here

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Meeting of the Interagency Steering Committee on the Codex Alimentarius issues

April 1, 2022, a regular meeting of the Interagency Steering Committee on Codex Alimentarius issues was held online.

Codex contact point of the Republic of Kazakhstan, an expert on hygiene of nutrition Tolysbayeva Zh. made a report on updating the order “On the Interagency Steering Committee on Codex Alimentarius issues”. The speech reflected the main chapters of the order and noted the changes made in. The information was taken into account by the members of the Steering Committee, whom were sent an electronic version of the order.

Coordinator of the Coordinating Committee FAO/WHO for Europe of the Codex Alimentarius Commission (CAC) Karsybekova N. reported on the decisions of the Subcommittee of the Executive Committee of the CAC regarding the Declaration of Principles Concerning the Role of Science. This document is of the utmost importance to all Codex members and will contribute the Codex Committee Chairs to find solutions and compromise at discussing documents.

Professor Karsybekova N. continued information on the preparations for the 32nd session of the Coordinating Committee FAO/WHO for Europe (CCEURO’32), which was scheduled to meet in Berlin and Germany as the co-host. However, due to the changed international situation in the region, the 32nd session will be held virtually. Thus, CCEURO’32 will be chaired by the Republic of Kazakhstan in a virtual format.

Expert in veterinary and phytosanitary Sharipov Z. made a presentation about the mid-term evaluation of the CTF2 Trust Fund project. The Mid-term Evaluation takes place in the middle of the CTF2 Project implementation and will involve its participants, including members of the Steering Committee.

The members of the Steering Committee shared their vision on the speeches, the speakers answered questions, gave explanations about the current and future work with national experts.

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