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Brazil hosts Meeting on Codex Alimentarius on October 1-3

Brazil hosts Meeting on Codex Alimentarius on October 1-3

Sponsored and organized jointly by IICA and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), this event is meant to help build consensus around shared regional positions on food standards

Brasilia, October 2, 2019 (IICA). To promote discussion of standards under consideration and to enable consensus building and the development of regional positions on food standards. These are the main goals of the Meeting on Codex Alimentarius for Latin American and Caribbean Countries, organized and sponsored by the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), which will take place on 1-3 October, in Brasilia.

The opening ceremony will begin on Tuesday (10/1) at 9:00 AM at the hotel Grand Mercure Brasilia Eixo Monumental (SHN Q 5 Bloco G - Asa Norte), followed by thematic meetings of Codex focal points for Latin America and the Caribbean, to be held at the same venue.

The head table will be comprised of the Agriculture Defense Secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, and Supply (MAPA), José Guilherme Leal; the coordinator international relations coordinator of Inmetro-Codex Brazil, Fabio Alves Schmidt da Silva; the Codex Committee coordinator for Latin America and the Caribbean (CCLAC), Diego Varela; the US Codex representative, Kenneth Lowery; and the representative of IICA Brazil, Hernán Chiriboga.

On the second day of the meeting there will be three breakout sessions to discuss the following topics: Codex Committee on Food Hygiene (CCFH51); Codex Committee on Nutrition and Foods for Special Dietary Uses (CCBFSDU41), and the Ad hoc Intergovernmental Codex Task Force on Antimicrobial Resistance.

On the last day of the event (10/3), the working groups with report on their joint resolutions and strategic approaches to each topic, to be tabled at future official Codex meetings.

The meetings will be open solely to Codex delegates. Some 50 delegates from 19 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean – as well as IICA specialists – are expected to attend.

Codex documents establish guidelines on issues such as food hygiene, food additives, inspection and certification, nutrition, veterinary drug and phytosanitary product (pesticide) residues, and labeling. Although compliance by member countries is voluntary, many of them use Codex standards as reference for their own national legislation.



Established in 1963 by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and by the World Health Organization (WHO), Codex Alimentarius currently has 189 member countries. It’s Codex Commission is tasked with establishing international standards for food production, control, verification, and trade, meant to protect consumer health and ensure fair food trade practices.

Brazil has been a member of Codex Alimentarius since 1968 and has chaired it since 2017. The current Chairperson of the organization, Brazilian veterinarian and Federal Agricultural Inspector Guilherme Costa, was reelected to the position in 2018 and 2019. Costa is also the Agricultural Attaché of the Brazilian Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply (MAPA) in Brussels, Belgium.



Event: Codex Alimentarius Meeting for Latin American and Caribbean Countries

Date: October 1 through 3, 2019

Venue: Grand Mercure Brasilia Eixo Monumental

Address:  SHN Q 5 Bloco G - Asa Norte

Hours: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM


For more information:

IICA Brazil Communication Department



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