India hosted the 5th session of “Codex Committee on Spices and Culinary Herbs”

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The fifth session of the Codex Committee on Spices and Culinary Herbs (CCSCH) has been virtually inaugurated.

About Codex Committee on Spices and Culinary Herbs(CCSCH):
  • The Codex Committee on Spices and Culinary Herbs(CCSCH) was established in 2013. It was established with the support of more than a hundred countries under the Codex Alimentarius Commission(CAC).
  • Purpose:
    • To develop and expand worldwide standards for spices and culinary herbs.
    • To consult with other international organisations in the standard development process.
  • Host Country: India is the host country. Spices Board India acts as the Secretariat for organising the sessions of the committee.
  • Significance: Since its inception, the Committee has been successful in developing harmonised global Codex standards for spices and herbs.
About Codex Alimentarius Commission(CAC):
  • Codex Alimentarius Commission(CAC) was established in 1963. It is an intergovernmental body established jointly by the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation(FAO) and the World Health Organisation (WHO). It was established within the framework of the Joint Food Standards Programme.
  • Purpose:
    • To establish international food standards to protect the health of consumers
    • To ensure fair practices in the food trade. Especially while promoting coordination of food standards work undertaken by international governmental and non-governmental organisations.
  • Membership: Membership of the Commission is open to all Member Nations and Associate Members of FAO and WHO. The countries interested in international food standards can become a member of CAC.
  • Funding: The programme of work of the Commission is funded through the regular budgets of WHO and FAO. All works are subjected to the approval of the two governing bodies of the parent organisation.
  • Headquarters: Rome, Italy.

Source: PIB

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