Over the years the International Olive Council has forged a close and constructive working relationship with the Codex Alimentarius Commission, which develops international food standards, guidelines and codes of practice to protect consumer health and ensure fair practices in the food trade. One aspect of this cooperation is to achieve the harmonisation of the Codex standard for olive oils and olive pomace oils with the IOC trade standard for the same products.
Next week the Codex Committee on Fats and Oils will be meeting in Malaka, Malaysia. Agenda business will include the consideration of discussion papers on the amendment of the Codex standard for olive oils and olive pomace oils with regard to campesterol and delta-7-stigmastenol content. At the request of Codex, the IOC has produced three papers for the session in which it puts forward the reasoning for harmonising the Codex limits.
All three papers can be viewed at …..click here