Con más de 600 millones de habitantes, la Región de América Latina y el Caribe es una de las zonas del planeta con mayor diversidad no solo en aspectos étnicos, sino también sociales, culturales y demográficos. Las economías se basan principalmente en la extracción de recursos naturales, siendo en su mayoría industrias mineras y petrolíferas, de manufactura y agrícolas las existentes en la región.
En la última década, la región ha experimentado una profunda transformación social y económica, la que ha levantado a millones de personas por sobre la línea de la pobreza y ha aumentado la población de clase media. Este fuerte crecimiento económico se debe a reformas domésticas realizadas por los gobiernos del Región y un ambiente económico global favorable.
Los principales idiomas oficiales en la región son espa?ol, inglés y portugués. Sin embargo, también se encuentran países de habla francesa y holandesa.
De los 46 países que componen esta región, 33 integran el CCLAC y representan un 20% del total de países participantes del Codex.
The Chilean Codex Alimentarius Secretariat, ACHIPIA, organized a seminar on 5 June 2019 entitled “Codex Alimentarius: Strengthening food safety in trade”. The aim was to attract and increase the participation of different sectors of the food industry in the national sub-committees. Speakers from the food industry association explained to participants how Codex standards and their application in production processes, help them in complying with national and international regulations on food safety and facilitating food trade, using concrete examples in which [...]
The Codex Committee on Food Hygiene (CCFH) is gathering for the 50th time. This year the meeting, chaired by the United States of America, is co-hosted by Panama, whose Vice Minister of Health, Eric Ulloa, set the tone for the week-long meeting. “Challenges are ahead,” he told the Committee, outlining the forward-looking agenda, which includes: revising one of the earliest Codex standards (the General Principles of Food Hygiene) and covering new topics, such as allergen management, microbiological foodborne outbreak management [...]
Codex Members of the Latin America and the Caribbean region met in Panama City on 11 November 2018 to discuss the draft Codex Strategic Plan (2020-2025). Organized by the regional coordinator, Chile, the meeting brought together 22 participants from 11 countries, who were attending the Codex Committee on Food Hygiene.
Constanza Vergara of Chile led the meeting on behalf of the Regional Coordinator. In light of the experience of the participants in Codex standard-setting and implementation, the meeting served as an [...]
Earlier this year, the Codex Secretariat launched a series of workshops ?in the six Codex regions that are having a direct impact?on the operational capacity of countries to engage in the standard-setting process. More participants are now expressing national positions via the Online Commenting System (OCS) and the Digital platform for Electronic Working Groups.
Linked to the workshops, the Codex Secretariat is currently holding a series of follow-up?webinars ?tailored to users’ requests and may include the use of the OCS and [...]
Constanza Vergara and Claudio Canales of the Chilean Codex Committee (ACHIPIA) used a methodology that combines science with creativity to build the capacity of food safety risk managers and communicators to analyse risks in a workshop on 28-30 August in Santo Domingo. The training session was part of the twinning programme of the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) aimed at strengthening the Codex Alimentarius in the region.
"We believe that the experience of Chile will be very useful to [...]
Honduran officials of the Ministry of Economic Development, the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock, the Ministry of Health, the Agency for Health Regulation and the Honduran Organization of Normalization joined the national Codex Contact Point and others in Tegucigalpa to announce the start of a Codex Trust Fund 2 project. On 18-19 July two events were held to launch the efforts to strengthen food safety and international trade: a launch event complete with the signing of an inter-institutional Letter of [...]
Los días 24 y 25 de mayo (jueves y viernes), se reunieron en Asunción (Paraguay) 40 participantes procedentes de los 33 países de la región de América Latina y el Caribe para tomar parte en un taller de capacitación sobre las herramientas web para trabajar en línea que son una parte fundamental de la elaboración de normas sobre la inocuidad de los alimentos en el Codex.
Después de los buenos resultados obtenidos con los talleres celebrados en Nairobi y Dakar, esta [...]
Today at an event organised by Codex at FAO HQ in Rome, Ms Geannina Dinarte Romero, Minister for Economy, Industry and Commerce of Costa Rica, called on countries to support the initiative for a World Food Safety Day that would signal the right for all people to have access to safe and nutritious food in sufficient quantity.?
There can be no food security, no zero hunger without food safety
The Director-General of FAO Mr José Graziano da Silva, opening the meeting, stated [...]
Safe food to consumers should not be compromised regardless of the economic standing of the country.
Greg Read is First Assistant Secretary in the Exports Division of the Australian Department of Agriculture and Water Resources and also chair of the Codex Committee on Food Import and Export Inspection and Certification Systems (CCFICS).?
Q: How does CCFICS work to ensure fair trading practices and facilitate international trade in foodstuffs, protecting at the same time the health of consumers?
Read: CCFICs has developed a large [...]
Contaminants are substances that have not been intentionally added to food. They can occur naturally and enter the food while a crop is growing. They can form during manufacturing, handling, storage, processing or distribution. Or they can enter the food from the environment, through our water, the air or soil.
The Contaminants Committee establishes or endorses permitted maximum levels or guidelines levels for contaminants and naturally occurring toxicants in food and feed.
Nearly 50 countries are expected at this 11th session which [...]