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CCMC received a proposal from AFNOR for the creation of a new Technical Committee in the area of Microbiology of the food chain.

CCMC received a proposal from AFNOR for the creation of a new Technical Committee in the area of Microbiology of the food chain.

CCMC received a proposal from AFNOR for the creation of a new Technical Committee in the area of Microbiology of the food chain.

 

The purpose of this proposal is not to establish a brand new field of activity, but to turn an existing working group (CEN/TC 275/WG 6 "Microbiology of the Food Chain") into a technical committee, in order to better manage its activity

 

The scope of the new technical committee is standardization of horizontal microbiological methods for all food and animal feeding stuffs and for any other sample (excluding human samples) that can be the source of microbial contamination of food products.

 

The two main benefits in support of the above proposal are:

 

1. A field of activity dedicated to clearly identified stakeholders

Stakeholders in the field of microbial contaminant analysis in the food chain are different from the stakeholders in the field of analysis of other contaminants in food products. This gap between the two stakeholder groups may cause confusion. The cases of NWIP has proven especially problematic. There were many instances where, despite strong support experts in the WG, the NWIP vote faced a lack of interest at TC level. In order for NWIPs to be approved, many messages and warnings are usually needed to ensure that the position of stakeholders in the field of analysis of microbial contaminants in the food chain is communicated to stakeholders in the field of analysis of other contaminants in food products.

 

2. A well-organised technical body for more transparency and efficiency

CEN/TC 275 WG 6 work program is extensive. In order to cope with this work program, sub-groups have been created. However, the organization in tasks groups has never been easy to handle. The most important issue with such sub-groups is the lack of transparency and efficiency.

 

The new TC will take over the current work program of WG 6. The new TC will continue to work with ISO/TC 34/SC 9 and will establish the relevant liaison with CEN/TC 275.

 

Main categories of stakeholders affected:

 

  • Industry and commerce: Agro-industry and their suppliers;
  • Academic and research bodies;
  • Standards application business: Testing laboratories for microbiological analysis, certification bodies;
  • Consumers;
  • Governments, in particular food safety agencies.

 

Anyone interested can send an opinion on the proposal, within 30.05.2019, by e-mail to expert Maria Hristova -  maria.hristova@bds-bg.org; phone 02/81 74 588.

 

More information        here.

08 Apr 2019