India’s heightened profile at the Codex through the CCSCH provides a golden opportunity for the country to capitalise on the platform of Codex negotiations as a major foreign policy instrument, said Kerala Governor Nikhil Kumar. He was inaugurating the first session of the Codex Committee on Spices and Culinary Herbs (CCSCH) on Tuesday in Kochi.
The resultant discussions will lead to the laying of the foundation stone for evolving solutions to prevailing problems in the trade of spices and culinary herbs across the globe, with an emphasis on consumer health, he added.
“The CCSCH, set up by the Codex Alimentarius Commission (CAC) with the intention to aid in consumer safety and ensure fair practices in trade of spices and herbs, will encourage deliberations towards harmonisation of global quality standards for spices and culinary herbs. The first session of the CCSCH happens to coincide with the 50th anniversary celebrations of the CAC,” said A Jayathilak, Chairman, Spices Board.
K Chandramouli, Chairperson of the Food Safety and Standards’ Authority of India; J S Deepak, Additional Secretary, Department of Commerce; Sanjay Dave, Chair, Codex Alimentarius Commission; and Kunal Bagchi, Regional Advisor, World Health Organisation, were present.