The UN international food standards body, the Codex Alimentarius Commission, will meet in Geneva next week (3-7 July) to consider proposals designed to improve consumer protection from disease-causing organisms and substances by reducing contamination of foods.

In addition, Codex said, an antimicrobial resistance task force may be set up. “Topics on the agenda are complex and some are likely to cause intense debate such as the discussion on the establishment of a Task Force on Antimicrobial Resistance,” a commission statement said.

Discussions will focus on the maximum limit for lead in fish, Cadmium in rice, marine bivalve molluscs and cephalopods. Officials will also address measures for the prevention of aflatoxin contamination of Brazil nuts, and the prevention and reduction of Dioxin and Dioxin-like PCB contamination in food and feed.

The commission said that approximately 500 delegates from about 100 countries are expected to discuss the proposals, which would also ease international trade barriers.

The Codex Alimentarius Commission is a joint venture of the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations and the World Health Organization. It has 173 Member States and one Member Organisation.