Before 123 Member States of the Codex Alimentarius, and within the framework of relations between the Codex Alimentarius Commission and other international organisations, Monika Christmann emphasised that the OIV was participating in several Codex projects under way and that it was actively involved, particularly in discussions concerning the provisions relative to food additives that appear in the General Standard for Food Additives (GSFA). She insisted on the need to ensure consistency between the GSFA provisions on food additives used for grape wines and OIV recommendations. Furthermore, she declared that the OIV was looking to collaborate closely with the Codex, as well as with the Joint FAO/WHO Expert Committee on Food Additives (JECFA), in order to avoid the duplication of work and the establishment of divergent international standards – given that a number of references to Codex standards have already been included in OIV documents.
Monika Christmann also signalled that the OIV was continuing its active collaboration with the FAO for the purposes of developing global statistics on the vitivinicultural sector.
The OIV President concluded that it was necessary to pursue cooperation and coordination with regard to activities of common interest to the OIV and the Codex.