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Fifth session of the Codex Committee on Spices and Culinary Herbs (CCSCH)

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Fifth session of the Codex Committee on Spices and Culinary Herbs (CCSCH):


The session was recently inaugurated by the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI).

  • CCSCH has been established under Codex Alimentarius Commission (CAC).

About the Codex Committee on Spices and Culinary Herbs (CCSCH):

  • Formed in 2013.
  • Its main function is to elaborate worldwide standards for spices and culinary herbs in their dried and dehydrated state in whole, ground, and cracked or crushed form.
  • It will also consult, as necessary, with other international organizations in the standards development process to avoid duplication.
  • India is the host country and Spices Board (Ministry of Commerce and Industry) is the Secretariat for organising the sessions of the committee.

About the Codex Alimentarius Commission (CAC):

It is an intergovernmental body established jointly by the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and the World Health Organisation (WHO) in 1963, within the framework of the Joint Food Standards Programme.

  • The Secretariat of the CAC is hosted at FAO headquarters in Rome.
  • It was established to protect the health of consumers and ensure fair practices in the food trade.
  • It meets in regular session once a year alternating between Geneva and Rome.
  • Currently, it has 189 Codex Members.

Codex Alimentarius:

  • It is a collection of international food standards that have been adopted by the CAC.
  • The Standards cover all the main foods, whether processed, semi-processed or raw, materials used in the further processing of food products.
  • Codex provisions concern the hygienic and nutritional quality of food, including microbiological norms, food additives, pesticide and veterinary drug residues.


Prelims Link:

  1. About Codex Alimentarius.
  2. About CAC.
  3. What is CCSCH?

Mains Link:

Write a note on the Codex Committee on Spices and Culinary Herbs (CCSCH).

Sources: PIB.