African National Codex Contact Points (NCCPs) reached common positions on Codex standards and related texts referred to the 38th Session to the Codex Alimentarius Commission (CAC)

AU-IBAR, under the scope of the consolidation phase of the project Participation of African Nations in Sanitary and Phytosanitary Standard Setting Organizations (PANSPSO Phase 2), convened the sixth meeting for African National Codex Contact Points from 15th to 18th June 2015 in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso to examine the proposed Codex standards and related texts submitted for adoption during the 38th Session the Codex Alimentarius Commission to take place in Geneva, Switzerland from 6th to 11th July 2015.

Of attendance were fifty African Delegates from Algeria, Benin, Burkina Faso, Comoros, Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, G. Equatorial, Kenya, Mali, , Mauritania, Mauritius, Niger, Nigeria, RCA, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Zambia and Cameroon. Three observer organizations were in attendance namely the EU representative, ECOWAS and IGAD.

The NCCPs agreed and adopted common positions that they will articulate during the 38th Session of CAC. The meeting also adopted a number of recommendations related to enhanced participation in Codex work and better organization of national Codex committees.

On 18th June 2015, the participants at the 6th Panafrican meeting of NCCPs joined the participants of the BTSF workshop at Hotel Golden Tulip for a joint workshop organized by AU-IBAR and DG-SANTE on African Union initiatives to create a food safety management coordination mechanism (FSMCM - food safety authority) and a rapid alert system for food and feed.

The objectives of the joint workshop was to update the participants on the state of play of the FSMCM, to gather views from national food safety experts on the food safety management systems at national and continental levels in light of the African Union initiatives and to know from their perspectives the five top priority functions of the FSMCM.



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