India Advocates for Global Food Standards at Codex Alimentarius Commission

India played a crucial role in supporting the establishment of global standards for spices and vegetable oils during the 86th session of the Executive Committee (CCEXEC) of the Codex Alimentarius Commission (CAC). Held at the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) headquarters in Rome from July 1-5, the session focused on reviewing proposals for new standards and monitoring the development of existing ones. The CAC, a joint initiative by the FAO and the World Health Organization (WHO), aims to ensure consumer health protection and fairness in food trade.

Represented by G. Kamala Vardhana Rao, CEO of the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI), India emphasized the importance of advancing standards for spices such as small cardamom, turmeric, and vanilla. As a major producer and exporter of these spices, India's initiative is aimed at facilitating smoother international trade and ensuring high-quality standards. Rao highlighted that these efforts are particularly significant for India's economy and its position in the global spice market.