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Food Standards Agency Policy Director elected Vice-Chair of international food standards setting body Codex Alimentarius
Steve Wearne, the Food Standards Agency’s Director of Policy was elected the Vice-Chair of the Codex Alimentarius Commission in Geneva last week.
The Codex Alimentarius Commission is the organisation that develops global food standards, guidelines and codes of practice for food safety and quality. It was established by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and the World Health Organization to protect consumer health and promote fair practices in food trade. At its meeting this week the Codex Alimentarius Commission elected officers who will serve until 2020. The new Chair of the Codex Alimentarius Commission will be Mr Guilherme da Costa of Brazil and the three Vice-Chairs will be Mr Steve Wearne of the UK, Mme Mariam Eid of Lebanon and Prof Purwiyatno Hariyadi of Indonesia.
Heather Hancock, Chairman of the FSA said: ‘Steve’s appointment is a real vote of confidence in the UK’s leadership in modern, accountable food regulation. I’m delighted that he and the FSA will be taking such a significant role in setting the standards for food globally.’
Steve Wearne's appointment was welcomed by the UK Government. Food Minister George Eustice said: 'The appointment of Steve Wearne to this important leadership role is testament to the strength and reputation of the UK’s food quality and safety standards.
'This is a great opportunity to bring the UK's renowned expertise to the table as the committee continues to pioneer global policy for food safety - increasing consumer confidence in the food we eat around the world.
'I extend my warm congratulations to Steve and all the members of the new bureau.'
Steve Wearne said: ‘It will be a privilege to serve alongside colleagues across the world to make sure safe food is a right we can all enjoy.’
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Codex Alimentarius is a series of international standards for food and agricultural products. They help ensure fair trade and consumer protection internationally.
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