Representatives of 158 countries are meeting in Fortaleza, capital of the Brazilian northeastern state of Ceará, this week, at the 38th Codex Committee of Pesticide Residuals (CCPR).
The Codex Alimentarius, a permanent forum of the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), seeks to protect people’s health through food standards and guidelines, along with equitable practices in the commerce of food regionally and worldwide.
This is the first time a Latin American nation hosts the meeting which will focus on limiting pesticide residuals in food.
The Brazilian delegation will seek to establish norms for pesticide residuals on some 420 Brazilian products that are on the Codex.
Technicians from Brazil’s Ministry of Agriculture are in Rome since Sunday, April 2, for the 1st Meeting of the Commission on Sanitation Measures, which is taking place at the headquarters of the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).
According to Girabis Ramos, head of Vegetable Sanitation at the ministry, the meeting will focus on measures to ensure the safety of goods in transit, establishing areas free of fruit flies and standards for vegetable quarantine in international commerce, along with protocols for the diagnosis of regulated plagues.