Codex adopts new food hygiene standards keep chicken, eggs safe

ROME - A U.N. food commission has revised hygiene rules for eggs and egg products in a bid to prevent diseases, and planned to develop more guidelines for making bacterial contamination in chicken less frequent.
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The Codex meeting decided to develop additional guidelines to lower the frequency of Salmonella and Campylobacter in chicken. Together these two bacteria cause a significant proportion of food-borne diseases all over the world.

Finding efficient ways of dealing with this problem from farm to table could result in the prevention of hundreds of thousands of foodborne disease cases every year.

This year’s Codex meeting also adopted several important new codes and standards, including, a revised code of hygienic practice for eggs and egg products that will protect consumers from disease-causing bacteria such as Salmonella Enteritidis and make international trade in eggs and egg products safer.

The Codex Alimentarius Commission (CAC) has adopted 44 new and amended food standards and set up a comprehensive set of risk analysis principles to help governments establish their own standards, especially for food items that are not covered by Codex standards, FAO and WHO said in a joint statement.

Codex food safety standards are developed using scientific advice from FAO/WHO expert committees that enables the rigorous standard setting procedures within Codex. According to Dr. Kazuaki Miyagishima, Secretary of the Codex Alimentarius Commission, “This is why Codex standards are so successful globally and the reason they hare recognized by the World Trade Organization (WTO) Sanitary and Phytosanitary Agreement.”

“Because governments often adopt Codex Standards into their national legislation and sometimes even see the need for additional measures in areas not covered by Codex guidance, it is important that the extra safety measures are taken using the same rigorous and internationally recognized principles, not only to protect consumers, but to ensure they are consistent with multilateral trade rules” explained Dr. Miyagishima.

This year's Codex gathering was attended by 133 countries, the highest number ever to attend an annual Commission meeting.

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