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USDA Moves to Improve U.S. Effectiveness at Codex

October 18, 2017

As a member of the Food Industry Codex Coalition, NMPF joined several other agricultural organizations last month in support of a proposal to organize the U.S. Codex Office under the authority of the new USDA Under Secretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs. NMPF also submitted individual comments on the decision.

NMPF said the reorganization “will elevate the visibility and strategic impact of U.S. Codex engagement and strengthen U.S. leadership in Codex to advance science-based global standards that protect public health and guard against unscientific barriers that impede U.S. food and agriculture trade.”

NMPF hopes that direct engagement by the new Under Secretary for Trade, Ted McKinney, with critically important Codex issues will “build momentum for U.S. Codex strategic priorities while clearly communicating the ongoing U.S. support for science-based food safety standards that are consistent with a rules-based trading system.”

NMPF works closely with the U.S. Codex office and other U.S. delegates to Codex committees – including from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service – as issues of importance to the U.S. dairy industry arise within Codex.