Codex Alimentarius Commission

Resolution #2012-5-1

SUBMITTED BY: Exporter Committee

DATE: May 25, 2012

TITLE: Codex Alimentarius Commission

WHEREAS, The U.S. beef, pork and lamb industries recognize the importance of and fully support science as the basis for decision-making in the Codex Alimentarius and the deliberations and recommendations of its committees, such as the Codex Committee on Residues of Veterinary Drugs in Foods (CCRVDF); and

WHEREAS, The existence of a strong Codex organization which establishes sound, internationally recognized science-based standards for human health as the basis for trade in food and agricultural is essential to the rational development and expansion of agricultural trade worldwide; and

WHEREAS, Developing countries which may lack adequate resources to conduct risk assessments and establish standards but still seek to use science to expand agricultural productivity and improve trade opportunities will look to Codex for reference standards; and

WHEREAS, The increasing use of non-science-based approaches and practices by some Codex members to introduce the precautionary principle into the Codex process will undermine the validity and credibility of Codex as a science-based international standard-setting body,

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, USMEF strongly supports and urges the U.S. Government, through the U.S. Codex Office, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Food and Drug Administration, the U.S. Trade Representative and the Department of State to take the most assertive role in defending the Codex as a science-based international standard-setting organization and resist efforts by some Codex members to transform Codex into an international organization that no longer bases its decisions on sound scientific arguments, risk assessments and principles.