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FAO. April 11, 2013


Regional Representative of FAO indicated that Codex protects the health of consumers, ensure best practices in the food trade and helping countries to compete in international markets complexes.

Santiago, Chile, April 11, 2013 - This year the half-century Codex Alimentarius meets safeguarding the health of consumers and setting international standards to ensure fair practices in food trade, contributing to global food security, FAO said today.

 During the second Codex dissemination workshop in Santiago de Chile, conducted by the Chilean Agency for Food Safety and Quality (ACHIPIA), the FAO Regional Representative for Latin America and the Caribbean highlighted the importance of the Codex for food security.

 "We live in an age where the amount of food traded internationally has grown exponentially. The Codex allows countries to contribute to the food security of its people, setting clear and shared criteria, "said Raul Benitez.

 According to FAO member countries today Codex Alimentarius include 99% of the world population, and its ultimate goal is to ensure safe and quality food to all people, anywhere.

 Clear rules for consumers, industry and governments

Benitez made reference to the importance of the Codex for all actors in the food chain, to set the rules that must be followed to ensure good nutrition.


The Regional Representative noted that Codex not only protects the health of consumers, but also sets clear rules and promotes best practices in trade, promoting coordination of all standards agreed between governments and NGOs.

"The Codex helps countries to compete in international markets complexes, which are becoming more demanding in terms of compliance with standards and regulations, both public and private, for the food trade," said Benitez. "In parallel, exporters know that comply with Codex them to ensure the standards required by markets and overcome tariff barriers to prevent them from entering countries and markets," he said.

 According to FAO, thanks to the regulatory framework that delivers the Codex, it promotes the development of the international food industry and food trade, which plays a key role in global food security, producing, selling and transporting thousands of millions of tons of food annually.

 Nuri Gras Meanwhile, Executive Secretary of the Chilean Agency for Food Safety and Quality (ACHIPIA), said that in his fifty years of operation by Codex, "has made great strides: this minute there are over 300 rules, is became the reference body for WTO yhan significantly increased the number of countries participating in it. "


Science-based standards

Topics covered in Codex meetings include biotechnology, pesticides, food additives and contaminants. These standards are based on the best scientific information available, supported by independent international bodies, risk assessment or special consultations organized by FAO and WHO.



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