Codex rules OK!
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CTA. 2003. Codex rules OK!. Spore 105. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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Developing countries should find it easier to participate in the work of the Commission of the Codex Alimentarius thanks to a t36 million fund launched in February 2003 by the FAO and the World Health Organization (WHO).
Developing countries should find it easier to participate in the work of the Commission of the Codex Alimentarius (see Spore 104) thanks to a t36 million fund launched in February 2003 by the FAO and the World Health Organization (WHO). The Codex has been in existence for 40 years, under the joint auspices of the FAO and WHO, and now counts 168 member states. It defines international food standards but has no power to ensure that they are followed. The (complex) work of the Codex Commission is of high importance because the World Trade Organization (WTO) has decided that all food importers have to justify any law which requires more rigorous rules for food safety and labelling than provided for under Codex. The Codex standards should thus be the basis for a clear and non-discriminatory trading system. But can we speak of equity when some countries are not even able to attend the meetings which draw up these rules? The new fund should help deal with that. It will be available to help 120 developing countries and countries in transition (the former member states of the Soviet Union) participate effectively in the Commission s essential work. One idea behind the fund is that countries will not have to seek private funding for their involvement, or at least accept such funding only under very strict conditions. Concern has been expressed about the possible excessive influence of large food corporations.