Codex Alimentarius Adopts New Food Safety and Nutrition Standards

raspberry.jpg

09 Jul 2013 --- The UN food standards body Codex Alimentarius has agreed on new standards to protect the health of consumers worldwide. These include standards on fruit, vegetables, fish and fishery products and animal feed.

Codex also adopted codes on the prevention and reduction of ochratoxin A, a carcinogenic contaminant, in cocoa, guidance on how to avoid microbiological contamination of berries and on use of claims for food that is labeled "non-addition of sodium salts" including "no added salt" on food packages, to assist consumers in choosing a healthy diet.

The Codex Alimentarius Commission, jointly run by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Health Organization (WHO), sets international food safety and quality standards to promote safer and more nutritious food for consumers worldwide. Codex standards serve in many cases as a basis for national legislation, and provide the food safety benchmarks for international food trade.

At its annual meeting last week, Codex celebrated its 50th anniversary. The session was attended by 620 delegates from 128 member countries and one member organization, one observer country and 41 international governmental and non-governmental organizations, including UN agencies.

One of the important work areas for Codex is setting safe limits and giving guidance along the food chain on prevention or reduction of contamination. Food can become contaminated by heavy metals, fungal toxins or bacteria and viruses.

The Commission adopted two important codes: prevention and reduction of ochratoxin A (a carcinogenic contaminant) in cocoa and of hydrocyanic acid in cassava, both important products for developing countries.

Fresh berries can be a healthy part of the diet but are also prone to microbiological contamination and have been associated with several foodborne illness outbreaks caused by viruses (Hepatitis A, Norovirus), bacteria (E.coli) and protozoa. The new Codex text gives advice to producers and consumers on how to prevent this contamination.

The Commission adopted a number of commodity standards that will protect consumers from fraud and ensure fair practices in the food trade: fresh and processed fruit and vegetables (e.g. avocados, chanterelles, pomegranates, table olives, date paste, and tempe) and fish and fishery products (smoked fish, abalone). The standards help buyers and sellers establish contracts based on Codex specifications and make sure that the consumers get from the products what they expect.

The Commission also adopted the nutrient reference values on sodium and saturated fatty acids, which are nutrients associated with noncommunicable diseases (NCDs), to be included in the Guidelines on Nutrition Labelling. This is part of Codex's on-going efforts to promote healthy dietary practices and address the increasing public health problem of diet-related NCDs.

The Commission also adopted the revised and updated guidelines on formulated supplementary foods for older infants and young children to ensure the health and nutrition of the vulnerable population group. Furthermore, the Commission adopted hundreds of safe maximum limits for pesticide residues and veterinary drugs and provisions for food additives.

As animal feed can cause contamination in eggs, meat and milk products, the Commission adopted guidance to countries on how to control animal feed and assess the risk of contamination. The Commission also adopted guidelines for National Food Control Systems to assist countries in implementing food control.

Because of the volume of trade and need to harmonize national standards, the Commission agreed to create a new Codex Committee on Spices and Culinary Herbs, which will be hosted and chaired by India.

The Commission approved its Strategic Plan 2014-2019, which will guide the work on protecting consumers' health and ensure fair practices in the food trade over the next six years.

Suiker Unie

Collapse
Suiker Unie delivers top-grade products of consistent quality. They strictly comply with the delivery arrangements; cooperating with sugar beet growers, customers and suppliers in many ways.
 
On the business to business market, Suiker Unie supplies granulated sugar with virtually any desired particle size. Furthermore, they offer an extensive range of dry and liquid sugar specialties, supplying products both in bulk and as packed goods.
 
On the international retail/food service market, Suiker supply a wide range of granulated sugar and sugar specialties. In the Netherlands, they do this under the Van Gilse brand. 
 
During the production process, other products are generated apart from sugar:
• Sugar beet pulp for animal feed
• Betacal: lime fertilizer for agricultural purposes
• Molasses for the fermentation industry and animal feed
• Green gas resulting from the fermentation of the residual sugars in the washing water of the sugar beet. The gas is used as an energy source for the sugar factory

Related Articles

From TWOFI

View From The Top: Paul Manning, CEO, Sensient Flavors

01 Sep 2016 --- 

Sensient Technologies reported second quarter revenue of US$209.3 million for its Flavors & Fragrances Group in July, an increase of 2.3% from $204.6 million reported in last year’s second quarter. An interview with Paul Manning, CEO, Sensient Flavors.

From TWOFI

A New Future for Chocolate Emulsifiers

01 Sep 2016 --- 

Soy lecithin is the most commonly used emulsifier and is obtained from the cell membrane of the soybean. However, soybeans are increasingly produced from genetically modified plants, so that non GMO soybeans and soy lecithin can be rarely found, respectively. An extensive project is aimed at finding an emulsifier to save on cocoa butter, while maintaining quality.

From TWOFI

Allulose Emerges as an Alternative Sweetener

01 Sep 2016 --- 

With the market now opening up for allulose in the US, Yuma Tani, Deputy Research & Development Manager at Matsutani Chemical Industry Co. Ltd., also expects that the company will be manufacturing in the US soon.

From TWOFI

An Aging Population: Industry Opportunities

01 Sep 2016 --- 

People aged 60 years and older make up the fastest-growing segment of the US population and the food industry has an important role to play during this critical era of people’s lives. First and foremost, healthy aging and the prevention of chronic disease is heavily dependent on proper nutrition. Members of the older demographic are seeking products that confer health benefits and/or that may prolong the quality of an independent life.

More Articles