I attended the Food Standards Agency International conference today. (note that the FSA is no longer responsible for nutrition in England and Wales)
Chair: Steven Wearne, Vice Chair at Codex Alimentarius Commission and Director, Global Affairs, Food Standards Agency. Panel Session – Panel: Steven Pollock, Director of Strategy, Legal, Communications and Governance, Food Standards Agency; Mark Booth CEO, Food Standards Australia New Zealand; Tom Heilandt, Secretary, Codex Alimentarius Commission at Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
Challenges and opportunities for intergovernmental co-operation in food regulation – Presenter: Steven Wearne, Vice Chair at Codex Alimentarius Commission and Director, Global Affairs, Food Standards Agency
Presenter: Elsa Pilichowski, Director of Public Governance, OECD
CODEX ALIMENTARIUS 2021 – Learn, adapt and invent – Presenter: Tom Heilandt, Secretary, Codex Alimentarius Commission at Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
Here are the questions I posted:
Plenary 3 Supporting an evolving world international cooperation and regulation
Thanks Tom. What can be done to ensure that Codex Alimentarius NUTRITION decisions are taken on the basis of credible evidence rather than consensus unduly influenced by political and commercial considerations?
Surely it is high time for Codex to create an overarching principle that forbids promotion (Health and nutrition claims etc) of Ultra Processed Foods that do so much to harm harm human health and the environment.
Can Codex adopt rules that forbid – or at least discourage the inclusion of food and related corproations on government delegations.In Nov 2019 CCNFSDU there were nearly 60 industries sitting on government bodies
There is world health community consensus that the highly processed baby drinks aggressively promoted for older babies are unnecessary and risky, yet Codex is about to adopt a standard that could increase the risks to child health and survival and planetary health. What can be done?
The main risk is global trade of ULTRA PROCESSED FOODS and Anti Microbial restistance
Plenary 4. Ready for the future innovation and technology in tomorrows world
As we go forward – and see more and more ‘innovation’ – some of it very important of course – it will be essential for the FSA and other food safety systems to ensure they are truly independent from food- agro-chemical industries. Its worrying to see governments entering public private partnerships in the food safety and nutrition arena with a worrying lack of caution This is why we all worked to set up the FSA -to have a trustworthy and truly independent FSA. Please don’t be tempted to let the fox designing the henhouse. Independent monitoring and assessments are crucial