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Codex Alimentarius Commission (36th Session) Rome, 1 - 5 July 2013 

Codex Alimentarius Commission (35th Session) Rome, 2 - 7 July 2012 

  • Annotated Agenda es fr indicating the division of competence and right to vote between the European Union and its Member States in respect of each particular agenda item
  • Codex Alimentarius : statement by the EU on ractopamine

    Following the vote at the Codex Alimentarius, the European Union reaffirms its position that an international standard for ractopamine is not justified. The European Union remains strongly opposed to the adoption of maximum residue limits (MRLs) for the growth promoting substance, ractopamine, in pigs and cattle as there remain outstanding safety concerns. The European Union's risk assessment body, the European Food Safety Authority, has concluded that there is insufficient data upon which to make a proposal for MRLs for ractopamine and that thereby risks to human health cannot be ruled out. Given its outstanding safety concerns, the European Union's current legislation will remain in place. The European Union, together with other European countries, numbering close to 45 countries, was supported by an overwhelming number of some of the world's most populous nations, namely: China, the Russian Federation, India, Turkey, Iran, Egypt, Kenya, Zimbabwe and others. These countries indicated that they too will maintain their positions and not approve the use of this growth promoting substance. The European Union believes that the decision-making process that led to this result is regrettable. The decision was taken on the basis of a single vote difference. As an international organisation seeking to harmonise standards across the globe, Codex should respect consensus-based decision-making, one of the fundamental principles of the organisation. It is clear that for standards to be universally applicable, they also need to be universally accepted.

    European Union comments on:

  • CL 2010/10-PR Distribution of the report of the 44th session of the codex committee on pesticide residues (rep12/pr) Part a: matters for adoption by the 35th session of the codex alimentarius commission.
  • Agenda Item 10b) Draft Codex Strategic Plan 2014-2019
  • Codex Circular Letter CL 2012/5-FA Report of the 44th session of the codex committee on food Additives (rep12/fa) - part a – matters for adoption by the 35th session of the codex alimentarius commission).
  • Additional EU Comments On Cl 2012/5-FA Part A – Matters For Adoption By The 35th Session Of The Codex Alimentarius Commission
  • Codex Circular Letter CL 2011/20-CAC/MMP
  • Request for information on the possibility of further work to develop standard(s) covering processed cheese

Codex Alimentarius Commission (33rd Session) Geneva, Switzerland, 5 - 9 July 2010 

Codex Alimentarius Commission (32nd Session) Rome 29 June – 4 July 2009 

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