The 52nd Session of Codex Committee on Food Additives successfully held virtually, sending over 500 food additives provisions for adoption

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Over 400 delegates gathered on line for the opening session of the Codex Committee on Food Additives (CCFA), hosted by China, organized by China National Center for Food Safety Risk Assessment, and being held virtually from 1 to 10 September 2021.

The efforts of the Codex Secretariat, the hosts themselves and the experts from many different countries who lead specific areas of work in the committee have ensured that despite the global pandemic the 52nd session had a very busy agenda.

DrJinfeng Liu, speaking in the opening ceremony, on behalf of the Vice Minister of the National Health Commission of China, welcomed participants and underlined the host’s commitment to food safety at the highest level. He highlighted President Xi Jinping’s call for protecting consumer food safety with "the most stringent standards, the most rigorous supervision, the most severe punishment and the most serious accountability".

In his speech, Liu also noted the important role of Codex standards in assuring food safety, protecting the health of the consumers and ensuring fair practices in food trade.

CCFA Chairperson Dr. Yongxiang Fan, deputy-Director General of CFSA, told delegates the epidemic had not affected the work of the committee and the development of standards. “Encouraged by the 42nd Codex Alimentarius Commission, the work on food additives has been carried out as planned,” he said - noting the exceptional contribution from Codex Members, international organizations, and observers. Representatives of the Codex parent organizations FAO and WHO also addressed the meeting with Codex Secretary Tom Heilandt.

The committee has adopted its final report confirming consensus reached on recommendations that include over 500 food additive provisions already in the Codex step procedure and 90 proposed provisions that will all now proceed for consideration by the Codex Alimentarius Commission in November 2021.

The Codex Secretariat has formed a skilled and innovative team leading the way in supporting countries to plan for virtual meetings. “I was fortunate to be able to be in China for this session with the host secretariat,” said Lingping Zhang, Codex Secretariat, “but these successful outcomes also depend on close collaboration with fellow food standards officers and the logistics teams that manage the technology.”