The 53rd annual meeting of the Codex Committee on Pesticide Residues (CCPR) was held via video conference on July 4. This was the 15th annual session hosted by China since it assumed the CCPR presidency in 2006. Li Jinxiang, National Chief Veterinarian of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs, attended the opening ceremony and delivered remarks.
Li said the Chinese government attaches great importance to pesticide supervision and management, actively promotes the establishment of regulations and standards, and takes concrete measures to better manage and control risks concerning pesticides. These measures include: 1) driving the transformation and upgrading of the pesticide industry, ensuring the quality of pesticides, and actively promoting online review and approval throughout the pesticide registration; 2) continuing to phase out highly toxic pesticides; 3) further improving the food standard system by issuing and implementing the 2021 edition of the National Food Safety Standard—Maximum Residue Limits for Pesticides in Foods; and 4) carrying out a three-year action plan to “fight against illegal use of pesticides, limit pesticide residues, and promote improvement”, as well as adopting continuous and strict measures to crack down on illegal use of banned and restricted pesticides, so as to register a stable performance with good momentum in ensuring agricultural products' quality and safety.
Li pointed out that CCPR sets the largest number of standards among all the general subject committees of the Codex Alimentarius Commission. It has always been dedicated to protecting the health of consumers and actively building an international pesticide residue standard system and a global food trade mechanism featuring safety, openness and fairness. CCPR has a significant influence on the development of national pesticide residue standards and plays an increasingly important role in strengthening exchange and cooperation on pesticide residue management. The Chinese government will give full support to the work of the Codex Alimentarius Commission and push for the establishment of food safety standards that are agreed upon by all.
The meeting discussed 21 agenda items and reviewed 550 proposed maximum residue limits for over 50 pesticides in animal and plant products. More than 600 representatives from 78 member countries and one member organization (the EU), as well as 17 international organizations, attended the meeting.