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Kampala, 6th, October 2017 – The Codex Committee on Fresh Fruits and Vegetables (CCFFV) hosted by the Government of Uganda together with the Government of Mexico attracted over 120 delegates from 43 countries.
The meeting made progress in advancing standards for aubergines, kiwi fruits, and ware potatoes. The standards for fresh dates and garlic were differed for further review and discussions at the next Codex Committee meeting in Mexico. The meeting also proposed development of new international standards for yams, onions and shallots and berry fruits.
The Executive Director, Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) said, “The meeting provided a platform for Ugandan food experts to learn the process of setting international food standards, knowledge sharing, and rising awareness of codex at a political level, and improving Uganda's image in the world of codex”.
“The meeting provided Ugandan delegates with an opportunity for capacity building in organizing international meetings,” Dr. Manyindo added.
Over 200 participants mainly exporters, researchers, students from universities, academia, and government officials in the agriculture value chain participated in a national stakeholders workshop held as a side event to raise awareness on international standards among local participants in the fresh fruits and vegetables sector.
About 45 international delegates spared time to visit the source of the Nile and to enjoy the traditional hospitality and beauty of Uganda.
The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) is a statutory body responsible for developing and promoting standards and quality of products and services to facilitate fair trade, promote local industries and protect consumers.
For more information, please contact:
Godwin Bonge Muhwezi
Head of Public Relations
Uganda National Bureau of Standards
Bweyogerere Industrial Park,
Plot 2 - 12, Kyaliwajala Road,
P.O Box 6329 Kampala, Uganda