The Codex Alimentarius Commission, established by FAO and WHO in 1963 develops harmonised international food standards, guidelines and codes of practice to protect the health of the consumers and ensure fair practices in the food trade (Codex).
WHY CODEX IS IMPORTANT
Codex is important because the food safety policies developed are considered international best practice and most countries will implement these, helping to create a level playing field for trade between countries. This means it is critical that the policies developed at Codex are appropriate for the Australian situation.
SAFEFISH TECHNICAL INPUT
- Scoping issues of relevance to the Australian seafood sector from the Codex agenda of upcoming meetings
- Eliciting feedback from industry and technical experts on high priority draft Codex papers associated with the Codex agenda
- Developing a draft SafeFish technical brief on key agenda items
- Providing the draft SafeFish briefs to industry and expert stakeholders for review, additions and comment as well as incorporating this where possible/feasable
- Liaising with Codex Australia and Department of Agriculture on the brief and incorporating government feedback
- Discussing the SafeFish briefs and any unresolved issues at the Codex Panel meeting
- Finalising the briefs and submitting to Codex Australia.
For access to any of the technical briefs that have been prepared, please contact the SafeFish secretariat.
CURRENT ISSUES RELEVANT TO THE AUSTRALIAN SEAFOOD INDUSTRY
Below are a list of issues currently under discussion at Codex that are relevant to the Australian Seafood Industry. SafeFish welcomes any technical advice, comments or input around these issues:
- CCFA – Methylmercury in fish: CX/CF 15/9/13: ‘Discussion paper on maximum levels for methylmercury in fish’.
- CCFA – Food additives in uncooked crusteceans: CX/FA 15/47/8: Food Additives in uncooked Crusteceans.
- CCRVDF – Veterinary drugs in foods requiring evaluation or re-Evaluation by JECFA: CX/RVDF 15/22/8 Draft Priority List of Veterinary Drugs Requiring Evaluation or Re-Evaluation by JECFA
Depending on the meeting and the issues that form the agenda, SafeFish has a small amount of funding that can be used to support a technical representative attending and assisting the Australian delegation at Codex meetings. This delegate provides technical support both leading up to and at the meeting as well as prepares a comprehensive report that details the discussions at the meeting, Australia’s input and areas of development or concern for SafeFish. The SafeFish delegate reports from previous Codex committee meetings can be found below.
- SafeFish 31st CCFFP Representative Report
- SafeFish 42nd CCFH Representative Report
- SafeFish 32nd CCFFP Representative Report
- SafeFish 33rd CCFFP Representative Report
- SafeFish 34th CCFFP Representative Report