The International Symposium on Food Safety
Future Prospects and Challenges in Codex Alimentarius


[Date] Friday, March 9, 2018, 13:30-16:00 [Doors open at 13:10]
[Venue] Daiwa House Ishibashi Nobuo Memorial Hall, The University of Tokyo, Japan
[Organized by] The Health and Labour Science Research Grants, Research Program on Food Safety - Developing International Strategy for Food Safety Regulation based on International Food Standard-Setting Process in Japan
[Co-organized by] Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare
Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
Consumer Affairs Agency
Policy Alternatives Research Institute, The University of Tokyo
[Language] English / Japanese simultaneous interpretation

Event Information

The Codex Alimentarius Commission is an inter-governmental body set up jointly by FAO and WHO in 1963. It develops international food standards, guidelines and codes of practice to protect the health of consumers and to ensure fair practice in the food trade. In this symposium, we invited preeminent key figures in Codex, including the Chairperson of the Codex Alimentarius Commission and the Codex Alimentarius Secretary, to share their visions and to discuss the challenges and prospects for future. Key highlights to deal with the challenges facing Codex now and the future were delivered in their speeches, including; the importance of integrative view from the international context; ensuring diversity and inclusiveness; shaping and sharing the clear vision; and conducting responses strategically. More than 100 participants attended the event. Participants interacted actively with the speakers in the Question and answer sessions.


Program PDF

Moderator: Dr. Makiko Matsuo (Policy Alternatives Research Institute, The University of Tokyo)
13:30 Opening Remarks
Toru Kawanishi, Director General, National Institute of Health Sciences
13:35-14:50 Session 1 : The Present and the future of Codex
Tom Heilandt, Codex Alimentarius Secretary
Presentation Slides
Guilherme da Costa, Codex Alimentarius Commission Chairperson
Presentation Slides)
14:50-15:00 Break
15:00-15:40 Session 2 : Future prospect of CCFICS
Fran Freeman, Australian Government Department of Agriculture and Water resources
Presentation Slides
15:40-16:20 Session 3 : Future prospect of CCFL
Paul Mayers, Vice-President of Science, Canadian Food Inspection Agency
Presentation Slides
16:20-16:30 Wrap-up and Closing
Hajime Toyofuku, Joint Faculty of Veterinary Medicine. Yamaguchi University

The event was reported as the top news on the Codex website.

Number of Participants: 104