Food analytical and sampling conference of Codex Alimentarius Committee of WHO/FAO in Budapest

Monday, March 21, 2016

Gábor Szunyogh

 

The Codex Alimentarius Commission was established by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and the World Health Organization (WHO) in 1963. Documents and analytical standards developed by the Codex serve as the basis for regional and national food regulations, but they are not necessarily binding. At the same time, they provide great help in planning food compliance tests prior to international food transactions. Hungary has been an active participant in the work since 1963, and the annual sessions of the Codex Committee Measurement Analysis and Sampling (CCMAS) have been organized by Hungary since 1972. For the seventh year, WESS­LING Hungary Kft., a company operating independent laboratories, has been co-organizer of the event, together with the National Food Chain Safety Office (NÉBIH).

 

 

One of the most important international confer­ences of the global food safety was organized by the National Food Chain Safety Office (NÉBIH) at the end of February. WESSLING Hungary Kft., a company operating independent laboratories, has been co-organizer of an analytical and sam­pling symposium, and gave the chairman of the Hungarian Working Group of CCMAS.

Among the topics of the Hungarian session of the probably most significant international conference on global food safety, a major role was intended for the fight against food counterfeiting, which was clearly supported by the CCMAS conference – said Dr. Tamás János Szigeti.

During the session, immunochemical methods for the determination of gluten were discussed in detail by the committee (Codex Committee Measurement Analysis and Sampling), among other things. When analyzing methods R5 and G12, reacting gluten at different epitopes, it was found that results obtained using the two methods were not comparable, there­fore, further investigation of the analytical methods is necessary.

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