2015 Codex Revision for Contaminants

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Codex Standard for Contaminants

The latest 2015 revision of the Codex Alimentarius General Standard for Contaminants and Toxins in Food and Feed, CODEX STAN 193-1995 is now available in RegData®.

These are some of the key changes introduced:

  • the notes within the Standard have been changed for some contaminants such as Cadmium and Mercury
  • Limits have been added for a new contaminant - Deoxynivalenol (DON)
  • Limits have been added for existing contaminants such as Lead and Tin

Contaminants in National Legislation

As is the case for additives, Codex changes are also relevant for some of the national standards, like Peru and East Africa Community standards, as they are taken over by authorities and considered as national rules.

An example is the Peruvian Ministry of Health (MINSA), which takes over the Codex standards for contaminant through its Environmental Health Directorate (DIGESA).

The same approach applies to the East African Community countries (Kenya- Uganda-Tanzania- Burundi-Rwanda) that have also adopted the latest Codex revision for food contaminants.

To get the latest updates on contaminant limits for Codex, Peru, East African countries, and more, try RegData®, our global food legislation library.

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