Joint commission of the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and the World Health Organisation (WHO), Codex Alimentarius Commission (CAC), has moved to enforce higher global food standards.
CAC adopted more than 20 new and amended food standards during its annual meeting which ended at the weekend
Among the measures adopted were guidelines on vitamin and mineral food supplements and a code of practice to minimise and contain anti-microbial resistance.
A report from the commission made available to THISDAY explained that some 120 countries were represented at this year’s Codex session, as well as the European Community, a member organisation. Codex is an international food standards-setting body established by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Health Organisation (WHO). It has 172 members, all of which belong to FAO or WHO or both.
According to the report, CAC adopted global guidelines for vitamin and mineral food supplements as one of its first decisions. The guidelines recommend labelling that contains information on maximum consumption levels of vitamin and mineral food supplements, assisting countries to increase consumer information, which will help consumers use them in a safe and effective way.
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