Kenya is hosting United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization/World Health Organization (FAO/WHO) Codex Co-ordinating Committee for Africa (CCAfrica) meeting, which has brought together representatives from 49 African countries.

The five-day conference beginning here Monday is very significant in the realm of food safety and fair trade practices in food, says Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS) Managing Director Charles Ongwae.

The Codex Alimentarius Commission (CAC) is the joint FAO/WHO Food Standards Programme, whose mandate is to develop standards aimed at safeguarding the health of consumers and fair trade practices in food.

Ongwae said over the weekend that the conference was important not only to Kenya but also Africa and was aimed at information-sharing on food standards.

Kenya being the co-ordinating country, our goal is to ensure we harmonise our standards as a continent while bench-marking or aligning with food standards developed by the Codex Alimentarius Commission, which are recognized by the World Trade Organisation (WTO), said Ongwae.

The CAC has 189 members with the Africa Region Codex Co-ordinating Committee (CCAFRICA) accounting for 49 member countries.

Kenya has been a member of CAC and CCAFRICA since 1969. In July 2015, Kenya was appointed as the CCAfrica co-ordinator for Africa whose mandate is to come up with regional Codex Food Standards for African countries with a goal to facilitate trade in the continent.