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Codex committee on food additives and contaminants

The twenty-sixth session of the Codex Committee on Food Additives and Contaminants was held in The Hague, the Netherlands from 7 to 11 March 1994. The committee is now close to agreement on the first sections of the Codex General Standard for Food Additives and of the Codex General Standard for Contaminants and Toxins in Foods.

In deciding to forward the revised draft Preamble to the Codex general standard for food additives to the Codex Alimentarius Commission for final adoption in 1995, the committee reaffirmed its previous decision that the standard would follow a general or horizontal approach covering the use of food additives in all foods, and that there would be two listings, by food additive and by food category. The committee also agreed to solicit additional information and comments on antioxidants and preservatives used in various foods, which would also include consideration of the technological justification and need for the use of these food additives.

In the continued elaboration of the Codex general standard for contaminants and toxins in foods deliberations were successful. It was agreed that the Preamble to the proposed draft standard would be forwarded to the Codex Alimentarius Commission for preliminary adoption in 1995. This decision was made with the understanding that the remaining portions of the standard would be revised and circulated for additional comment prior to the committee's next session. Furthermore, the committee agreed that a document would be prepared concerning procedures for the evaluation of food intake data used in risk analysis.

The committee agreed to continue the collection of information on various contaminants in foodstuffs, including aflatoxins, heavy metals and other environmental contaminants under its responsibility. These discussions included the elaboration of guidelines for the reduction of aflatoxins in foods as well as guidelines on source-directed measures to reduce the contamination of foodstuffs. The committee also forwarded Codex Advisory Specifications and amendments to the International Numbering System for adoption by the Codex Alimentarius Commission in 1995.

The twenty-seventh session of the Codex Committee on Food Additives and Contaminants is scheduled to be held in The Hague from 20 to 24 March 1995.