The 52nd Session of the Codex Committee on Pesticide Residues (CCPR) was held via video link on July 26, 2021. This is the 14th session hosted by China since it assumed the CCPR presidency in 2006.
Vice Minister Zhang Taolin, Carlos Watson, Representative of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations to China, and Søren Madsen, Joint Secretary to JECFA, Department of Food Safety and Zoonoses of the World Health Organization, addressed the opening ceremony. CCPR Chairman Qiao Xiongwu presided over the opening ceremony.
Vice Minister Zhang noted that the Chinese Government attaches great importance to pesticide supervision and management and presses ahead with the formulation of regulations and standards-setting to ensure China’s food security and the quality and safety of major agricultural products.
To this end, China focused on the following areas: 1) regulation on pesticide manufacture and sale. China has put in place pesticide registration, manufacture licensing system and permit system for sale to ensure the quality of pesticides; 2) management on highly-toxic and highly-hazardous pesticides. China has banned 46 pesticides, and has kept improving the pesticide product mix; and 3) standard-setting system. China has put in place over 10,000 sets of Maxium Residue Limits (MRL) for pesticides. The Chinese Government will continue supporting the Codex Alimentarius Commission and push for the global alignment of food safety standards.
Participants discussed 18 agenda items, including priority lists for pesticides and classification of crops. This year’s session focused on the deliberation of over 500 sets of proposed MRLs for over 50 pesticides in animal and plant products.