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Report on the Codex Nutrition Committee Meeting in Bonn, Germany

The Codex Committee on Nutrition and Foods for Special Dietary Uses (CCNFSDU) met last week in Bonn with over 300 delegates from 70 countries participating. Participants report little progress on key issues for the food supplements industry, as further consideration of these issues will await decisive discussions at the committee's next meeting next year in Thailand.

Some specifics of the Bonn discussions include:

DRAFT PROPOSED RECOMMENDATIONS ON THE SCIENTIFIC BASIS OF HEALTH CLAIMS: France, the country with the mandate to draft these draft recommendations, highlighted a number of questions for consideration to build the text better, and the committee decided that the Codex Secretariat would send out a Circular Letter to all member countries and observers requesting comments on the questions, and on how to proceed with this work. France would then revise the draft based on these comments.

APPLICATION OF RISK ANALYSIS TO THE WORK OF THE CCNFSDU: The Working Group led by Australia is requested to give further consideration on this issue with the aim of presenting a proposal for new work on Risk Analysis at the next meeting of the Committee, with the intention to submit it, if agreed by the Committee, at the meeting of the Codex Alimentarius Commission in 2007.

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