lating and issuing food safety standards should be more transparent, supported by
more powerful scientific data, and reduce unnecessary compulsory measures.
FSM: Do you feel that the global food community should be moving to a single set
of standards (Codex, GFSI, etc.) to not only improve food security but also to enhance
innovation and investment in new technologies across the food supply chain? If so, who
should take the lead and what would be required to achieve this goal? If not, what sug-
gestions do you have for addressing food security issues and improving distribution capa-
bilities to global markets?
SAAT: A single set of standards would
have a positive impact on the amount and
cost of resources used to test and inspect
foods to ensure that they are safe. Also, it
would reduce disputes about the safety of
food between regulatory authorities of different countries and therefore minimize
the destruction of food by them.
Given this perspective, the Codex
A CAC platform with the goal of a single set of standards could be achieved by
promoting coordination of all food standards work undertaken by international gov-
ernmental and nongovernmental organizations.
Scientists around the world have conducted numerous studies, and, in many
cases, there is enough scientific evidence
to produce consensus documents that
could serve as basis for food legislation.
Knowledge, time, money, and dedication are and were invested in scientific
research that can be used to frame harmonized, up-to-date food legislation.
LL: In my opinion, the most prominent problem is the different kind of allowable chemicals and their MRLs, and
labeling standard (allergens) in different
I suggest that the process of formu-
Netherlands: “It is important to agree as
much as possible on common standards. To
this end, countries should pay more attention
to the Codex Alimentarius.”
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