KAMPALA - The EAC has embarked on efforts to form a commission that will ensure its full representation in meetings of the Codex Alimentarius Commission (CAC).
CAC is an intergovernmental body with over 170 members, within a framework of the joint food standards programme established with the purpose of protecting the health of consumers and ensuring fair practices in the food trade.
The decision to seek regional recognition at CAC was reached during a three-day meeting of Food scientists and experts from all EAC states, in Kampala, yesterday.
Francis Musinguzi, an official with the Rwanda Animal Resources Development Authority (RARDA), said that the move will enable the EAC become a CAC member, unlike today where the bloc’s members attend the forum individually.
“This will not stop partner states from having their representation at CAC, what is new is that the EAC membership at the body will be representative of all the five states, especially in cases where one member fails to attend meetings,” Musinguzi said.
Willy Musinguzi the EAC Principal Standards Officer said that in becoming a CAC member, the EAC will have an upper hand in negotiating its positions as well as sharing information.
“We shall also have access to more technical assistance from the Commission since we shall be having one voice,” Musinguzi said.