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Asia Pacific: Hong Kong holds first Session of Codex Committee on Food Additives

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The 46th Session of Codex Committee on Food Additives (CCFA) was held Hong Kong from March 17 to 21, 2014.

This marked the first CCFA meeting held in Hong Kong since China started being the host country of CCFA.

Representatives from 54 member countries, one member organization and 34 international organizations worldwide have participated in discussions and exchanges on various issues pertaining to the General Standard of Food Additives and other safety regulation of food additives.

At the end of the event, a report including conclusions and recommendations will be submitted to the 37th Codex Alimentarius Commission (CAC) for deliberation and adoption on July 2014.

As a subsidiary body of the CAC, CCFA is responsible for the use and safety of food additives as well as setting the regulatory standards for individual food additives, which are coherent and practicable with scientific basis, for adoption by its member countries and organization.

The CAC, jointly established by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and the World Health Organization, develops food safety standards, codes of practice and guidelines, which have become the global reference point for consumers, food producers and processors, national food control agencies and the international food trade.

China has been responsible for organising and chairing the annual session of CCFA since it was elected as the host country of CCFA in 2006.