JOINT FAO/WHO FOOD STANDARDS PROGRAMME
CODEX ALIMENTARIUS COMMISSION
Twenty-Third Session, FAO Headquarters, Rome, 28 June -3 July 1999
Agenda Item 9
CONSIDERATION OF HYGIENE PROVISIONS OF CERTAIN MILK AND MILK
PRODUCT STANDARDS, ALINORM 99/13, paras. 54-61, Appendix VII
Comments of the
INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF CONSUMER FOOD ORGANIZATIONS
IACFO opposes the adoption of the revised wording for the hygiene provisions of the draft revised standards for certain milk and milk products. The wording at issue states that certain dairy products should be subject to a combination of control measures, which may include, for example, pasteurization, and these should be shown to achieve the appropriate level of public health protection.
This matter has been extremely controversial. Unfortunately, the proposed standard merely represents an effort to reach an acceptable political compromise. In light of differences in cultural-based dietary traditions, IACFO believes that this area is not appropriate for international harmonization. IACFO thus believes that proposed provisions should not be adopted and that the matter should be returned to committee with instructions to develop guidelines that clearly state that hygiene requirements be left to national authorities and not subject to an international standard.