12187140699?profile=RESIZE_180x180The 7th session of the Codex alimentarius Committee on Spices and Culinary Herbs (CCSCH7), chaired by India, concluded its work on several important new add-ons to existing and new standards on small cardamon; allspice, juniper berry and star anise; and turmeric. It advanced the work on vanilla, still subject to additional inter-sessional work until the next session. It provided some clarifications about the labelling provisions for saffron on the country of harvest vs country of origin and recommended several methods of analysis. CCSCH7 agreed to start new work on four new standards on sweet marjoram; dried seeds – coriander; large cardamon; and on cinnamon with the help of specific electronic working groups. The USA also presented an advanced template for any new future proposed standard on spices and culinary herbs. The USA also agreed to prepare a discussion paper on trade data availability for spices and culinary herbs in general.

A very good summary of the session and outcomes is in a post by US law firm Keller & Heckman here.

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