International Involvement

Codex Alimentarius Commission

Summary

The Codex Alimentarius Commission (Codex) was established by the Food and Agriculture Organization of The United Nations (FAO) and the World Organization (WHO) in 1963 to develop science based international food standards, guidelines, and codes of practice. Codex standards have become the benchmarks against which national food measures and regulations are evaluated within the legal parameters of The World Trade Organization (WTO).  Food safety issues discussed at Codex include pesticide use, food additives, animal health technologies and biotechnology.

Key Points

  • Cattle producers are committed to ensuring a safe product for consumers worldwide
  • Codex sets standards on many areas involved with the safety of our food. The standards help to ensure all countries uphold a high level of standards regarding the safety of products consumed domestically and abroad
  • The U.S. cattle industry has a vested interest in the international trade of beef products and Codex provides a venue for objective science-based discussions and the opportunity for consensus building among countries involved in trade
  • NCBA participates in Codex to ensure the voice of U.S. cattlemen and cattlewomen is heard
  • NCBA represents our membership at three major committees
    • Codex Committee on Food Hygiene (CCFH)
    • Codex Committee on Food Import and Export Inspection and Certification Systems (CCFICS)
    • Codex Committee on Residues of Veterinary Drugs in Foods (CCRVDF)

Resources

  • http://www.codexalimentarius.org/

     

    World Organization for Animal Health (OIE)

    Summary

    The World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) is the intergovernmental organization that is responsible for animal health worldwide. The OIE collects and analyzes the latest scientific information on animal disease control measures and provides information to member countries to help them to improve their control and eradication measures of disease. OIE also has expert ad-hoc groups that continually develop and update documents on animal welfare including transportation and the slaughter of animals. These documents are available for cattlemen and cattlewomen to utilize on their farm or ranch.

    Key Points

    • NCBA's participation at the OIE is important in order to stay on the forefront of animal disease issues and the latest scientific information on cattle health available internationally
    • The OIE plays a vital role in trade decisions for live cattle imports and exports
    • The OIE is an avenue to allow information to be gathered on animal health standards and to be distributed to NCBA's membership 

    Resources

  • NCBA Contact

    Mallory Gaines
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    202-879-9132

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