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Holding of Fourth session of Codex Committee on Spices and Culinary Herbs (CCSCH) from 21 – 25 January, 2019 at Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India

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Sub: Holding of Fourth session of Codex Committee on Spices and Culinary Herbs (CCSCH), from 21 – 25 January, 2019 at Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India

The Codex Alimentarius Commission, an international body jointly established in 1963 by FAO and WHO, works for development and adoption of Codex food standards and Guidelines. Codex Committee on Spices and Culinary Herbs (CCSCH) is one of the subsidiary bodies under CAC which works for the development of Codex standards for spices and culinary herbs. The effort for the establishment of this subsidiary body was initiated by Spices Board, an export promotion body for Indian spices, in 2012.

Spices Board India had taken initiatives for establishment of an exclusive committee for spices and culinary herbs by submission of a new work proposal at Codex Session (CAC36) in 2012. The formation of Codex Committee on Spices and Culinary Herbs (CCSCH) was approved by the Codex Alimentarius Commission in 2013. The scope of CCSCH is the development and adoption of Codex standards for spices and culinary herbs taking into consideration various national and regional standards. A Memorandum of Understanding was signed between India, the host country of CCSCH and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) with the approval of Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India.

Spices Board India being the organization manning the Secretariat of the CCSCH, organizes the CCSCH sessions at an interval of 18 months. The first session of this committee was held in Kochi during February 2014 which was attended by over 100 delegates and six representatives from Observer organizations and the second session was held at Goa during September, 2015 wherein 99 delegates from 38 countries participated. The third session was held at Chennai

during February 2017 which was attended by 103 members from 36 Member countries, one Member organization and 4 Observer organizations. The fourth session is scheduled to be held from 21st to 25th January 2019 at Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala. Spices Board expects a similar attendance of delegates as that of previous sessions in view of the fact that the fourth session is going to deliberate on many important documents that are already listed in the agenda for this session.

Codex standards are not mandatory but are referred in case of international trade disputes. These international standards are also helpful in minimizing non-tariff barrier to trade. Through the discussions happened in third session, Codex draft standards for Black, Green, White pepper, Thyme and Cumin were finalized by CCSCH and was finally adopted by CAC in its fortieth session held in Geneva during 17-22 July, 2017.

As there are 109 commodities classified as spices and culinary herbs by ISO, the development of Codex standards for these commodities will help international spice trade. All major spice producing and importing countries, especially from Africa, Asia, North America, Latin America and Europe, are likely to participate in this session. The participation of these major spice trading countries is very important to ensure the development of effective and universally accepted Codex standards for spices.


For further information in this regard, Codex Cell, Spices Board India, may be contacted through E-mail: codex.sb-ker@gov.in

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