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    FAO/WHO Coordinating Committee Meeting for the Near East (CCNE09), 15-19 May 2017, Rome, Italy

    The 9th session of the FAO/WHO Coordinating Committee meeting for the Near East (CCNE09) took place on the 15 – 19 of May in Rome, and concluded with the adoption of the draft report that will be submitted to the 40th session of the Codex Alimentarius Commission (CAC40) for adoption in July.

    Food contamination and weak national food control systems were identified as the main issues of concern for the countries of the region. The Committee agreed on the need to address food fraud in the region by developing national strategic plans, reinforcing traceability systems and adopting a risk-based approach.  The Committee also recognised the importance of enhancing Codex work on (i) Reduction of Mycotoxins especially in cereals (ii) MRLs for Pesticides and (iii) Nutrient Reference Values (NRVs).

    The delegation of Egypt will prepare a discussion paper on Halal products to harmonise terminologies and definitions, taking into account the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation/SMIIC standards as reference documents, for consideration at the CCNE next session.

    Members highlighted the challenges in adapting Codex standards to national needs, and the need to increase regional collaboration and to harmonise key regulations among Member States.

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    The 22nd Session of the FAO/WHO Coordinating Committee for Africa will be held from 16 – 20 January 2017 in Nairobi, Kenya.

    Discussions will focus among others on the opportunities for building regional markets through use of Codex Standards, the food safety and quality situation in the countries of the region, the prioritization of the needs in the region and possible approaches to address them, the relevance of existing regional standards, the need for new standards, and the Codex work relevant to the region.

    For more information about the daily sessions and the final report please contact us at

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    Codex Committee on Nutrition and Foods for Special Dietary Uses (CCNFSDU) meeting, 5-9 December 2016, Hamburg, Germany

    The 38th session of the Codex Committee on Nutrition and Foods for Special Dietary Uses will discuss among others key topics such as the review of the draft NRVs for Vitamin E, Proposed Draft NRV-NCD for EPA and DHA Long Chain Omega-3 Fatty Acids, Review of the Standard for Follow-Up Formula, Discussion paper on claim for “free” of trans fatty acids, and alignment of food additive provisions in standards developed by CCNFSDU.

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    RA Consulting Training with the GSO and Ministry of Health, 24-26 October 2016, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

    RA Consulting gave a three days training on Food labelling, Nutrition and Health claims, Food Additives and Contaminants in partnership with the GCC Standardization Organization (GSO) and the Ministry of Health. The training focused on regulatory developments at global level and in the GCC, with highlights on EU regulations and Codex Alimentarius standards. The training included representatives from the public and private sector and it concluded with recommendations on the importance of harmonization among GCC countries for the sound implementation of GSO standards by the private sector and the compliance with regulations.