Where Local and Global Appetites Collide

Got Milk? Codes and Standards Meeting

WASHINGTON, Nov. 27, 2007–The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) and Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) announced a public meeting to provide information and receive comments on agenda items and draft U.S. positions for the Eighth Session of the Codex Committee on Milk and Milk Products (CCMMP) of the Codex Alimentarius Commission (Codex).
The above paragraph is a mouthful and directly taken from the official press release.
The formal committee session will be held at the Millennium Hotel in Queenstown, New Zealand, Feb 4-8, 2008. Queenstown is billed as Surfers Paradise. It’s hard for me to imagine a bunch of scientific types in wet suits jiving to the waves.

You can check out the agenda and fall asleep. If you cannot make this meeting, the next one is in Switzerland and Norway in February 2008 and Thailand and Beijing in March and April.

These governmental food scientists certainly rack up the frequent flyer miles.

I just noticed a mistake: However, on the agenda — it says this Queenstown thing is happening November 26-30, 2007 and April 2008, not what the aforementioned press release denotes. So who knows what’s correct? I may have to write the contact person and inform them of the discrepancy…or not. 

The CCMMP was established to elaborate codes, guidelines, standards and related texts for milk and milk products which is why when we look at a milk product and see this umpteen digit code, we have no idea what it means. 

Codex was created in 1963 by two United Nations organizations, the Food and Agriculture Organization and the World Health Organization. Codex develops food standards, guidelines and codes of practice in order to protect the health of consumers, ensure fair food trade practices and promote coordination of food standards undertaken by international governmental and non-governmental organizations.

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