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The CCASIA Region - Regional Coordinator India

The Coordinating Committee for Asia was established at the 11th Meeting of the Codex Alimentarius Commission (CAC) held in Rome, Italy, in July 1976. Its first meeting was held in New Delhi (India) in January 1977. Subsequently the name was extended to Codex Coordinating Committee for Asia (CCASIA) as this name better reflected the participation of countries in the region.

The main objective of CCASIA is to promote mutual communication among the Asian members as well as to develop regional standards for certain food products. Since its very beginning CCASIA has been working to protect the health of the consumers and ensure fair practices in the food trade.

News from the region

Codex salutes outgoing chair of Fats and Oils

Following 10 years’ service to the Codex Committee on Fats and Oils as chairperson and after nearly 40 years working on Codex in the Malaysian Ministry of Health, Noraini Dato’ Mohd Othman used her closing remarks at CCFO26 in Kuala Lumpur to announce her retirement. Noraini Dato’ Mohd Othman, Chairperson Noraini also served as the Vice Chair of Codex Alimentarius Commission for three terms from 2005 to 2008 and spoke of the privilege her service had brought. Chairing the Fats and Oils [...]
05 March 2019

Experts meet to discuss fats and oils in Malaysia

Members and Observers of the Codex Alimentarius Commission are meeting in Kuala Lumpur, Malyasia from 25 February to 1 March 2019 at the 26th session of the Codex Fats and Oils Committee. Discussions taking place include the addition of palm oil to the Codex Standard for Named Vegetable Oils; a proposed revision of the Standard for Olive Oils and Olive Pomace Oils; discussions on walnut oil, almond oil, hazelnut oil, pistachio oil, flaxseed oil and avocado oil, as well as [...]
25 February 2019

4th spices committee meeting underway in Kerala, India

Delegates from over 30 countries are meeting in Thiruvananthapuram (Kerala), India from 21 January 2019 to discuss draft Codex standards for selected spices and herbs that will eliminate trade barriers and strengthen food supply chains with safe food. Inaugurating the fourth session of the Codex Committee on Spices and Culinary Herbs, Hon’ble Governor of Kerala, Justice (retd) Shri P Sathasivam said that “cultivators of spices should be encouraged to think globally and make use of the latest farming technologies to succeed [...]
21 January 2019

Codex sets quality standards where food without spices is unthinkable

The Codex Committee on Spices and Culinary Herbs (CCSCH) this year returns to the State of Kerala, meeting in Thiruvananthapuram, the state capital, 200km from the site of the inaugural meeting in Kochi held in February 2014. The meeting takes place 521 years after Vasco da Gama arrived at Calicut in Kerala following the first direct sea voyage from Europe to Asia and changed the spice trade forever. “Since time immemorial export of black white and green pepper has been a [...]
18 January 2019

Codex Asian region digs deep into strategic plan in Beijing workshop

At the next Codex Alimentarius Commission to be held in Geneva in July 2019, Codex Members are expected to adopt a strategic plan which will drive activities from 2020 to 2025 in parallel with the UN Sustainable Development Goals. At a two-day workshop held for the Asian region in Beijing, China and organized jointly by China and the Regional Coordinator India, 31 participants from 14 countries had an opportunity to discuss national and regional food safety and trade matters and to [...]
03 November 2018

Building national capacity the way ahead for participation in Codex

The two-day training workshop held in Delhi earlier this month focussed on enhancing the ability of 17 Asian countries to operate successfully in the Codex Alimentarius international standard-setting environment. Led by the Codex Alimentarius Secretariat, the sessions focussed on the electronic systems and tools including: the new Codex website; Online Commenting System (OCS); Digital platform for Electronic Working Groups (EWG) and other web-based tools, such as the platform to collect information on Member countries’ food safety control systems. 30 participants from [...]
20 September 2018

Codex India talks food safety and trade concerns with the Secretariat

Tom Heilandt, Codex Secretary, welcomed the CEO of the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI), Pawan Agarwal and other representatives of FSSAI to the Codex Secretariat at FAO in Rome last week for a round table discussion on broad themes of mutual interest. Codex India is hosted by FSSAI and has lead the Codex Committee on Spices and Culinary Herbs (CCSCH) since its inception in 2014. India is also the current regional coordinator for the Asia region and extremely [...]
19 September 2018

17 countries meet in India for Codex online tools workshop

A two-day training workshop started in Delhi today to enhance the ability of 17 Asian countries to operate successfully in the Codex Alimentarius international standard-setting environment. Led by the Codex Alimentarius Secretariat, the sessions are focussed on the electronic systems and tools including: the new Codex website; Online Commenting System (OCS); Digital platform for Electronic Working Groups (EWG) and other web-based tools, such as the platform to collect information on Member countries’ food safety control systems. The workshop will further the [...]
05 September 2018

Timor-Leste: a strong national food control system to ensure safe food consumption

On February 20th 2018, the Government of Timor-Leste officially became the 188th Member of the Codex Alimentarius Commission. Dr Rajesh Pandav is the WHO Representative to the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste and he explained to Codex what finally convinced Timor-Leste to join the Codex Alimentarius Commission. A strong national food control system will play a critical role in ensuring safe food consumption. The government feels that a strong national food control system will play a critical role in ensuring safe food consumption, protecting [...]
05 March 2018

Timor-Leste becomes 188th Codex member

On February 20th 2018, a letter was sent from the Director-General of the World Health Organization, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, to the State Minister and Minister of Health for Timor-Leste, Dr Rui Maria de Araujo, acknowledging their application to join the Codex Alimentarius Commission. And with this communication, the Government of Timor-Leste officially became the 188th Member of the Commission. Great opportunities to improve public health and drive sustainable development. Dr Kazuaki Miyagishima, Director Food Safety and Zoonoses, WHO, said:?“Timor-Leste, located at [...]
21 February 2018
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CCASIA Coordinator

All information on Codex is public and free.

For regional enquiries contact:

CCASIA Secretariat

National Codex Contact Point
Food Safety and Standards Authority of India
Ministry of Health and Family Welfare

FDA Bhawan, Kotla Road,
New Delhi -110002
INDIA

Tel: +91-11-23237439
E-mail: [email protected]
Website: //www.fssai.gov.in/Codexindia.aspx

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