The Committee adopted a definition of ready-to-eat peanuts

The 17th Session of the Codex Committee on Contaminants in Foods (CCCF17) took place in Panama City from April 15-19, 2024. Among other agenda items, the Committee discussed a definition of ready-to-eat peanuts proposed by an India-led Electronic Working Group (EWG) in which the INC participated alongside representatives of 22 countries and FoodDrinkEurope. The Committee agreed to apply the existing definition for ready-to-eat (RTE) tree nuts in the General Standard for Contaminants and Toxins in Food and Feed (CXS 193-1995) to RTE peanuts, and to establish an Electronic Working Group, chaired by India and co-chaired by the United States, to develop the maximum level for aflatoxins in RTE peanuts and the associated sampling plan for comments and consideration by CCCF18.

In addition, the Committee discussed a proposal submitted by a Brazil-led Electronic Working Group, in which the INC also participates, to undertake the revision of the Code of Practice for the Prevention and Reduction of Aflatoxin Contamination in Peanuts (CXC 55-2004). The Committee agreed to start new work on the revision of Code and to establish an EWG, chaired by Brazil and co-chaired by India, to prepare a proposed revision of the Code for comments and consideration by CCCF18.

For more information about CCCF17, see the meeting report.

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