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Food Law News - FAO / WHO / WTO / Codex - 2022

Codex News Item, 5 July 2022

CODEX / RESIDUES - CCPR / a significant influence on the development of national pesticide residue standards

Opening the 53rd session of the Codex Committee on Pesticide Residues (CCPR), being held virtually from 4-8 July 2022 , Chief Veterinary Officer LI Jinxiang from the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs, China, said: “The work of the CCPR not only has a significant influence on the development of national pesticide residue standards, but also plays an increasingly important role in strengthening the exchanges and cooperation in pesticide residue control.” He looked forward to a productive meeting where delegates would be able to build consensus, and contribute to the harmonization of international standards on pesticide residue limits.

Carlos Watson, FAO Representative in China and DPR Korea, said food safety was a cross-cutting goal and was regarded as a key component of the changes and innovations to transform agri-food systems. Underlining the importance of working in an integrated manner across disciplines and among all stakeholders, Watson said: “We would like to urge Member States to continuously support the work of the CCPR and to translate its recommendations into concrete actions in the country contexts.”

The Chairperson of the Codex Alimentarius Commission, Steve Wearne, United Kingdom, expressed his appreciation for work undertaken by the committee “to develop standards and texts related to safe residues of pesticides in food and feed moving in international trade to protect public health and facilitate trade flow.”

Acknowledging the contribution of the outgoing Chairperson of CCPR, Dr. QIAO Xiongwu, Li Jinxiang said  that due to his “hard work, academic excellence, and profound experience … his twelve-year chairmanship brought countries closer in their communication and cooperation on pesticide residue standards and assisted the international community.”

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