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FIFTH SESSION OF CODEX COMMITTEE ON SPICES AND CULINARY HERBS INAUGURATED

FIFTH SESSION OF CODEX COMMITTEE ON SPICES AND CULINARY HERBS INAUGURATED

Context

Recently, the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) inaugurated the fifth session of the Codex Committee on Spices and Culinary Herbs (CCSCH) established under Codex Alimentarius Commission (CAC).

Details

  • The Codex Committee on Spices and Culinary Herbs (CCSCH)  was formed in 2013.
  • India is the host country and Spices Board India is the Secretariat for organizing the sessions of the committee.
  • Spices Board (Ministry of Commerce and Industry) is the flagship organization for the development and worldwide promotion of Indian spices.

About the Codex Alimentarius Commission (CAC)

  • It is an intergovernmental body established jointly by the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and the World Health Organisation (WHO) in 1963, within the framework of the Joint Food Standards Programme.
  • The Secretariat of the CAC is hosted at FAO headquarters in Rome.
  • It was established to protect the health of consumers and ensure fair practices in the food trade.
  • It meets in regular sessions once a year alternating between Geneva and Rome.
  • Currently, it has 189 Codex Members made up of 188 Member Countries and 1 Member Organization (The European Union).
  • India is a member.

About Food Safety and Standards Authority of India

  • It is a statutory body established under the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Government of India.
  • It has been established under the Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006, which is a consolidating statute related to food safety and regulation in India.

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