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The 17th meeting of the Codex Committee (on Toxins and) Contaminants in Foods (CCCF17) was held in Panama City (Panama) from 15 to 19 April 2024. CCCF17 was productive as it adopted new maximum limits (ML) for lead in several commodities (such as spices), lead and cadmium in Quinboa, a new sampling plan for methylmercury

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The 54th session of the Codex Alimentarius Committee on Food Hygiene (CCFH54), co-hosted and co-chaired by USA and Kenya, concluded its work on two annexes for inclusion into the existing Guidelines for the Control of Shiga Toxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC) (CXG 99) in Fresh Leafy Vegetables and in Sprouts. It also completed its work on

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The 28th session of the Codex Alimentarius Committee on Fats and Oils (CCFO28), hosted and chaired by Indonesia, concluded its work on amending the existing Standard for named vegetable oils (CXS 210) by adding four new oils (avocado, Camellia seed, Sacha inchi (Plukenetia volubilis), high oleic acid-soybean oil). CCFO28 completed its work on amending sections

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This article was published in World Food Regulation Review, January 2024, p. 25-34.

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While celebrating its 60th anniversary, the 46th CAC meeting has seen several historical decisions taken.

First and foremost, it has closed the long-standing controversy about Zilpaterol hydrochloride by adopting through two successive votes by advancing and adopting the proposed maximum

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This article was published in World Food Regulation Review, June 2023, p. 26-34.

The 47th meeting of the Codex Alimentarius Com­mittee on Food Labelling (CCFL47) was held mid-May 2023 in Gatineau/Ottawa, Canada. CCFL47 advanced its food labelling international standard­isation work on the revision of the list of allergens of global relevance for mandatory declaration (to

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This article was published in World Food Regulation Review, April 2023, p. 26-31.

The 53rd meeting of the Codex Alimentarius Com­mittee on Food Additives (CCFA53) was held in Hong Kong from 24 to 31 March 2023. CCFA53 succeeded in covering the entirety of its agenda. CCFA53 adopted about 800 food additive provisions for adoption, revision

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This article was published in World Food Regulation Review, March 2023, p. 30-31.

The 43rd meeting of the Codex Alimentarius Committee on Nutrition and Foods for Special Dietary Uses (CCNFSDU43) successfully completed its entire agenda by meeting in person. In terms of accomplishments:

  • It fully revised the preamble and pending issues on the Codex Standard
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This article was published in World Food Regulation Review, January 2023, p. 29-34.

By Christophe Leprêtre1 (Keller and Heckman LLP)

The once-a-year Codex Alimentarius Commission session (CAC45) recently adopted eleven (11) new international norms in various areas ranging from national food law template to new limits for heavy metals, pesticides, new standards on dried

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This article was published in World Food Regulation Review, November 2022, p. 33-34.

By Christophe Leprêtre1 (Keller and Heckman LLP)

The 45th plenary session of the Codex alimentarius Commission (CAC45) was held on the week of 21 to 25 November 2022. It generally made expected progresses on important standards such as heavy metals and