Food Safety Magazine

News | August 13, 2013

Codex Alimentarius Seeks Data on Deoxyynivalenol, Pyrrolizidine Alkaloid

By Staff

The international standards group Codex Alimentarius has established two new Electronic Working Groups (eWG) — one to address Deoxyynivalenol (DON) Maximum Limits and another to develop a Code of Practice to prevent and reduce contamination in food and feed by Pyrrolizidine Alkaloid (PA) — both of which have issued Calls for Data. Codex Alimentarius works within the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Health Organization (WHO) to develop international standards on food safety and fair trade.

Within the Codex's Committee on Contaminants in Foods (CCCF), Canada recently launched — and is seeking participants for — an eWG to address the Possible Extension of the Proposed DON Maximum Limits (MLs) to DON’s Acetylated Derivatives. Co-chaired by Japan, the working group plans to prepare a discussion paper and proposals for consideration by the CCCF at its next session in 2014. Codex Members and Observers interested in participating in this eWG should provide the following: participant’s name, participant’s official title or position, the name of the country or observer organization and email address to the U.S. Codex Office no later than August 20.

In addition, this eWG is asking all Codex members, whether or not they choose to participate in the eWG, to submit all available data on levels of DON and acetylated-DON derivatives. The group is also seeking information on the relevant analytical methods for DON and acetylated-DON derivatives in cereal grains. Data can be submitted by e-mail to [email protected] by September 27.

Also within the CCCF, The Netherlands has re-established an eWG to address Pyrrolizidine Alkaloid (PA) — specifically, to develop a Code of Practice for weed control and to prevent and reduce PA contamination in human food and animal feed. Codex members and observer organizations interested in joining this eWG should be registered by your national Codex Contact Point using the on-line registration system by August 31.

Additional updates from the 36th Commission session of Codex Alimentarius, which was held July 1-5, 2013, include the following: