Fraud and labelling, the major challenges to the food standards of tomorrow

Les fraudes et l'étiquetage, enjeux majeurs pour les normes alimentaires de demain

A common approach to food fraud, but also labelling that is both informative and simple for the consumer, with the help of new technologies, are among the priorities of the “food standards” world of tomorrow, according to the international body in charge of developing them.

“The work on food fraud is a major issue for the Twenty-first century,” said Thursday Jean-Luc Angot, president of a committee of the Codex Alimentarius (or food code), a joint body of the UN Organization for food and agriculture (FAO) and the world health Organization (WHO), in which delegations from 70 countries gathered this week in Bordeaux.

“There is really no agreement at international level on the notions of authenticity of the products, there is a lot of work to do to agree on the definitions, we are talking about the same thing, that is considered as a fraud food or not”, added Mr. Angot during a point-release. “Because there are more and more”.

Stressing the importance of a harmonised approach on the front of food fraud, the secretary of the Codex Tom Heilandt has highlighted the growing involvement in Codex in recent years in the health security of countries such as China, since the scandal in 2008, milk powder, infant contaminated with melanin.

The Codex, which brings together 188 member countries and the european Union, lays down international standards, based on independent scientific assessment, relating to the safety of food, processes of production, transformation, processing, fair trade practices.

The Codex reminds us that he does not “international law” on food security. He makes recommendations that have no binding force, but its food standards are used as reference, in particular in disputes at the world trade Organization.

It was at the initiative of the Codex that the united nations has decided to dedicate for the first time this year a “world day” to food safety, the 7th June next.

The president and Emmanuel Macron, whose country presides over the committee on general principles Codex” –the one that met in Bordeaux– has recently indicated that France would like to see the Codex alimentarius “revitalised and constitute for all countries of the world grammar common to a power supply, and a healthy agriculture”.