Food: International Standards Approved

The rules for food companies and producers, on the management of food allergens, were approved. These rules can be adopted by the legislation of each country and thus harmonize the requirements of trading partners.

Monday, November 30, 2020

The standards, which will apply to cereals containing gluten, crustaceans and their products, eggs and egg products, fish and fishery products, peanuts, soybeans and their products, milk and milk products, and nuts and their derivatives, were approved by the Codex Alimentarius Commission (CAC43), the body responsible for all actions related to the implementation of the Joint FAO/WHO Food Standards Programme and which focus on protecting the health of consumers and ensuring fair practices in their marketing, reported the Ministry of Economy, Industry and Commerce (MEIC).

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From the MEIC's statement:

November 2020. The 43rd session of the Codex Alimentarius Commission (CAC43), held virtually, officially approved new standards to provide safe, quality products on the market that ensure consumer health and fair trade practices.
This approval includes rules for food companies and producers on the management of food allergens. This document provides guidance on how to manage food allergens in food production, avoiding serious reactions to people with allergies or intolerance to certain foods.
There is growing concern about the severity of food allergies and their health consequences, so this document facilitates a proactive approach to allergen management in food production and addresses controls to ensure that food labels are correctly applied.
This code allows countries to maintain a continuous supply of safe food at a time when the Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted the need to reinforce good hygiene practices and food allergen management practices as a complement.

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