CODEX Alimentarius Commission (CAC) is one of the standard setting organizations that work to protect the health of the consumers and ensuring fair practices in the food trade. It has been an important engine behind the tremendous growth in global trade of food and agricultural products. IGAD has been granted an observer status in CAC since July 2011 and was represented on the above meeting by Dr. Ameha Sebsibe, head of livestock, ICPALD.

This global meeting (37th session) was organized jointly by FAO and WHO from July 14-18, 2014 in Geneva, Switzerland. The participants were delegates of CODEX member countries from all regions of the world and international government and Non-government organizations as observers. The main objectives of the meeting were to review and approve the CODEX draft food standards and texts by the delegates. The African common positions that were reached under each topics with the facilitation of the AUIBAR were useful and contributed to effective deliberations and decision of CAC

Quite a number of draft standards and texts developed by committees on residues of veterinary drugs in foods, food hygiene, fish and fish products, food additives, contaminants in  foods, pesticide residues, nutrition and foods for special dietary use etc were presented and discussed by CAC members and approved for follow up action. Moreover, new works are also approved for follow up by the respective codex committees

CAC also made additional comments and decisions on matters related to Committee on Sugars; Processed cheese, draft CODEX strategic plan (2014-2019); on sustainable funding for provision of scientific advice to CODEX and member states; Trust fund for enhanced participation of CODEX and Capacity Development in food safety and quality. The detailed report of CAC is available on CODEX web site.

The officer had an opportunity to briefly introduce and share to the global meeting what IGAD/ICPALD is doing in relation to CODEX/SPS in collaboration with AUIBAR.  FAO and WHO agreed to strengthen collaboration with IGAD/RECs regarding the dissemination/promotion/ of standards and knowledge and tools developed.

The officer, on behalf of IGAD/ICPALD, would like to thank the PANSPSO project for the financial support provided for participation on the above meeting.