The Ninth Session of the Codex Committee on Contaminants in Foods

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The Codex Committee on Contaminants in Foods (CCCF) held its 9th Session in New Delhi, India, from 16 to 20 March 2015, at the kind invitation of the Government of India. The Session was attended by 55 Member countries, 1 Member Organization, and Observers from 13 international organizations. Dr. Yongning Wu, Chief Scientist from China National Center for Food Safety Risk Assessment (CFSA), attended the session as the head of Chinese delegation. And Dr. Jun Wang, Dr. Xiaowei Li, Dr. Yi Shao from CFSA also attended the session as delegates of China.

The session had reviewed 22 agenda items, included the revision of maximum levels for lead in selected commodities, maximum levels for cadmium in chocolate and cocoa-derived products, maximum levels for inorganic arsenic in husked rice, Code of practice for the prevention and reduction of arsenic contamination in rice, Priority list of contaminants and naturally occurring toxicants for evaluation by JECFA, and so on.

Last Year, 8th CCCF had already adopted the ML for inorganic arsenic in polished rice according the results offered by the delegation of China. This year, the delegation of China, as Chair of the EWG for a proposed draft ML for inorganic arsenic in husked rice, introduced the item and referred to the recommendations of the EWG in regard to the establishment of MLs and the ways forward if the Committee could not agreed on a ML for inorganic arsenic in husked rice. As a compromise solution, the Committee agreed to forward the proposed draft ML of 0.35 mg/kg of inorganic arsenic in husked rice to the 38th Session of the Commission for adoption at Step 5.

Now China plays an important role in the activities of the Codex Alimentarius Commission (CAC) and its subsidiary bodies. And China also has benefited considerably from its involvement in the work of the CAC and its subsidiary bodies. Participation on Codex undoubtedly creates greater opportunities for international communication and collaboration with partners.