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Japan and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)

Fostering success in Codex standards setting











FAO. 2021. Japan and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN): Fostering success in Codex Standards setting. Bangkok. 



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    Meeting proceedings: FAO regional training workshop on effective participation in Codex activities in ASEAN countries 2018
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    A regional training workshop entitled “Enhancing Effective Participation in Codex Activities in ASEAN Countries” as a part of the FAO regional project “Support for Capacity Building for International Food Safety Standard Development and Implementation in ASEAN Countries (GCP/RAS/295/JPN)” was held on 9-11 January 2017 in Bangkok, Thailand. The five-year regional project was launched in February 2016 with financial assistance from the Government of Japan. The project has already carried out significant activities, including the organizing of two national training courses in Lao PDR and Myanmar, and the identification of the current conditions/baselines and challenges on the implementation of international/national standards in each ASEAN country. Main objectives of the regional workshop were to provide participants with: 1) an enhanced understanding of the impact of Codex standards on international trade, structure and function of Codex Alimentarius Commission (CAC), up-to-date information of recent Codex meetings, food safety risk analysis and risk assessment including the role of scientific expert bodies such as JECFA, JMPR and JEMRA, 2) An opportunity to share knowledge and experience on current national Codex activities in ASEAN countries, and 3) Training on development of regional/national positions through mock sessions to enhance participants’ capacity to contribute effectively to Codex work. 29 participants from ten ASEAN countries from the agencies mainly responsible for food safety control with regard to standard development and implementation as well as the work of the Codex have attended. Many resource persons from Japan, Thailand, ASEAN Secretariat, Food Industry Asia, AETS and FAORAP contributed to the workshop.
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    Investing in food safety for global benefits – a concrete case in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) countries
    Food safety technical toolkit for Asia and the Pacific No. 3
    2021
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    The Asia–Pacific region is growing at an impressive pace: it is home to the highest population numbers and densities, and is a hub for technological advancements. Asia and the Pacific have the potential to lead the future of food and agriculture. However, the levels of country capacities vary widely: an example of this is illustrated by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). The grouping is unique, and it has technical clusters specifically dedicated to address common issues and challenges. ASEAN shares with Codex Alimentarius an interest in harmonizing, standardizing and making uniform the elements of food safety control systems. To strengthen ASEAN countries’ capacities to participate in Codex Alimentarius, FAO and ASEAN established a project, funded by the government of Japan, which brought enormous results in the area of food safety. Those results have contributed to improving consumers’ health and to facilitating food trade, and have strengthened the trade between ASEAN and Japan. The impacts of collaboration are now at the service of all. This document summarizes the collaboration to improve the participation of ASEAN countries in Codex Alimentarius.
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    Strengthening Food Safety and Protecting Consumer Health in Asean Countries - GCP/RAS/295/JPN 2021
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    The challenge posed by food safety has become increasingly important due to a range of factors such as increasing volume and diversity of international trade in foods and greater public demand for health protection. In this context, there was an urgent need for member countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to enhance their technical capacity to make a meaningful contribution to international/regional food standards development and their implementation. This entailed not only understanding of the requirements of Codex Alimentarius standards, but also effective participation in the Codex standards setting process. The aim of the project, therefore, was to strengthen the capacities of ASEAN countries in engaging in Codex Alimentarius works and to enhance the relationship between the target countries and the donor.

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