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21 March 2019 — OIV life

OIV-Codex Alimentarius cooperation on emerging issues

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The OIV has attended the 31st session of the Codex Alimentarius Committee on General Principles to discuss certain emerging issues common to both organisations.

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The President of the OIV, Regina Vanderlinde, and the Scientific Coordinator of the OIV, Jean-Claude Ruf, took part in the 31st session of the Codex Committee on General Principles (CCGP) held on 11-15 March 2019 in Bordeaux, France.

The Scientific Coordinator of the OIV, Jean-Claude Ruf

During discussions on emerging and future issues, the President highlighted that several topics under discussion within the CCGP were also being dealt with within the OIV, which illustrated the need to pursue and increase collaboration between the two organisations.

Regina Vanderlinde specified that the OIV was participating in several projects that were also being discussed within the Codex, namely:

  • consideration of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals,
  • the issue of food fraud, and the integrity and authenticity of food products,
  • consumer information, through the work of the Codex Committee on Food Labelling (CCFL),
  • observation of the application of standards,
  • mechanisms with the aim of improving coordination with other international organisations.

The President of the OIV concluded by stating that it was necessary to pursue cooperation and coordination in relation to activities that present a common interest for the OIV and the Codex, and that it would be important for the Codex to draw upon the expertise of the OIV as a reference organisation for vitivinicultural products.

Speech by Regina Vanderlinde (in French with English subtitles)

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"It would be important for the Codex to draw upon the expertise of the OIV as a reference organisation for vitivinicultural products", Regina Vanderlinde