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The 41st Session of the Codex Alimentarius Commission

The Codex Alimentarius Commission (CAC) convened its Forty-first Session, at the headquarters of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), in Rome, Italy, from 2 to 6 July 2018. The Session was attended by delegates from 121 Member countries and one Member Organization, and observers of 84 intergovernmental organizations (IGOs) and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), including United Nations entities.

Latest development from the Codex Alimentarius Commission specific to the fishery sector are to include: 1) Adoption of the revision of the Code of Practice for Fish and Fishery Products (CXC 52-2003) with regard to Guidance for histamine control, with reservations expressed from few countries about the list of fish species that need to be considered as histamine producers. The list will be kept open until further data support the inclusion of other histamine producing species. The guidance will be published upon completion of the Codex Committee on Food Hygiene (CCFH) work under way on histamine in the Code of Practice for Fish and Fishery Products; 2) Adoption of the new maximum limits (MLs) for methylmercury in fish were adopted, with reservations from several countries that expressed their disagreement with the change from 1 mg/kg for predatory fish to 1.2 mg/kg for all tuna, 1.5 mg/kg for Alfonsino, 1.7 mg/kg for all marlin and 1.6 mg/kg for shark. CCCF had previously agreed to discontinue work on the ML for amberjack and swordfish and to establish an EWG chaired by New Zealand and co-chaired by Canada to prepare a discussion paper on the establishment of MLs for additional fish species. A footnote on the importance on consumer advice was left in the document. The Codex Committee of Contaminants in Food (CCCF) could consider revising the ML for tuna in the light of additional data after three years; 3) Adoption of the revised food-additive sections of the Standard for Canned Salmon (CXS 3-1981); Canned Shrimps or Prawns (CXS 37-1991); Canned Tuna and Bonito (CXS 70-1981); Canned Crab Meat (CXS 90-1981); Canned Sardines and Sardine-Type Products (CXS 94-1981); Canned Finfish (CXS 119- 1981); Salted Fish and Dried Salted Fish of the Gadidae Family of Fishes (CXS 167-1989); Dried Shark Fins (CXS 189-1993); Crackers from Marine and Freshwater Fish, Crustacean and Molluscan Shellfish (CXS 222-2001); Boiled Dried Salted Anchovies (CXS 236-2003); Salted Atlantic Herring and Salted Sprat (CXS 244-2004); Sturgeon Caviar (CXS 291-2010); Fish Sauce (CXS 302-2011) and Smoked Fish, Smoke-Flavoured Fish and Smoke-Dried Fish (CXS 311-2013); and 4) Adoption of the maximum residue levels (MRLs) for amoxicillin (50 μg/kg for finfish fillet, muscle); ampicillin (50 μg/kg for finfish muscle and fillet); lufenuron (1350 μg/kg for salmon and trout fillet).

The Codex Alimentarius international food standards, guidelines and codes of practice contribute to the safety, quality and fairness of this international food trade.

For more information please refer to http://www. fao.org/fao-who-codexalimentarius/meetings/ detail/en/?meeting=CAC&session=41.

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