Written by: Mallory Gaines | December 7, 2020
The Codex Alimentarius Commission (CAC) took on a new look this year as it went virtual due to the global COVID-19 pandemic. Over eight days and several weeks, the CAC brought together over 600 participants from all over the globe, in various time zones and translation in six languages, to discuss international standard setting. The meeting went surprisingly well in a virtual format. It was encouraging to see the global commitment for moving international standards forward continues during these trying times.
I participated as a member of the U.S. delegation, acting as the feed industry expert of the U.S. government team, and the American Feed Industry Association’s Leah Wilkinson joined as a member of the International Feed Industry Federation (IFIF) delegation.
For this year’s CAC meeting, the feed industry focused on the work of the Task Force on Antimicrobial Resistance (TFAMR), which our staff is heavily involved in as both U.S. and IFIF delegation members. Over the last several years, the task force has been working to draft the “Code of Practice to Minimize and Contain Foodborne Antimicrobial Resistance” (CoP), which aims to assist countries in implementing science-based strategies that combat antimicrobial resistance caused by foodborne illness. This year’s focus was to get the CoP adopted at step five - which we succeeded in doing. There are eight steps in the Codex’s long process, with adoption at step 5 meaning the document continues to move forward and upon more input from the task force, is likely to be adopted at the final step 8 in the future.
The Codex work will continue throughout the pandemic and the AFIA will continue to be an active member, ensuring trade in animal feed is harmonized and human food safety is maintained. To learn more about Codex, see AFIA’s webpage or frequently asked questions document