The Food Authenticity Network was discussed at the Codex Alimentarius Commission meeting in July during the side events “food integrity and food authenticity: a way forward”:
Side event 1 - IGO Panel Discussion Food Integrity and Food Authenticity: A Way Forward
The Food Authenticity Network was quoted a number of times at both side events by the panellists as being a leading example of an integrity network.
A discussion paper is being developed through the Food Import and Export Inspection (CCFICS) and Certification Systems (CCFICS) to define and distinguish the various terms related to the subject e.g. food integrity, food fraud, economically motivated adulteration (EMA).
Side event 2 – NGO Panel Discussion Food Integrity and Food Authenticity: A Way Forward
The UK provided an overview of the Food Authenticity Network and distributed material on the Network to delegations.
Countries attending the side events indicated both their progress and challenges related to the subject, highlighting the diversity of Codex Members in terms of their capacity to identify and address fraudulent activities. They also underlined the very practical daily challenges they face due to lack of regulation, capacity and knowledge on this issue.
In summarising, panellists concurred that Codex was an ideal arena in which to further explore the issue and to promote harmonization, especially regarding definitions.