International standards in food safety and nutrition, labelling and safe
limits of additives and chemical agents have become increasingly
important as trade becomes more global. These are also vital
considerations in the campaign to reduce foodborne disease and other
non-communicable diseases. They are also crucial benchmarks in the
fight against food fraud.
Flooded Cellar Productions has been working in recent years with the
to bring to a wider public the ways in which
international standards and guidelines are helping countries to improve
the quality of domestic food consumption and to ensure the safety and
integrity of exported foodstuffs.
We have now produced a number of videos from around the world that
show how the application of basic standards and guidelines is helping
less developed countries to protect their citizens and boost their export
potential. The application of international standards is providing
guarantees of safety and quality to more demanding markets. In addition,
these standards are contributing to a reduction of disease and
malnutrition in some areas.
The videos we have produced so far can be viewed on our Codex playlists.
Some of these videos are also available in French,
They include stories from:
- Uganda: Application of Codex standards to fishing on Lake Victoria has
helped lift an EU ban on imports and improved domestic consumption;
- India: Codex standards in organic farming have been applied and
contributed to a blossoming export market for small farmers;
- Spain: Entrepreneurs at Foodlinker have developed an
app that matches the health records of allergy sufferers with barcoded
labels to assess the safety of foods;
- The Cook Islands: This small import-dependent nation is introducing a
National Food Safety system in line with Codex standards, which
guarantees food safety for tourists and locals alike;
- Bangladesh: the country hopes to attain middle income status by 2021,
with the help of Codex Alimentarius standards;
- Honduras: the melon chain has suffered from import bans from other
countries that have now been lifted following the rigorous application of
standards at a national level;
- Food Fraud: adulteration of foodstuffs is becoming a serious problem
around the world. Standards are crucial in the fight against these crimes.
Further storylines are being developed and more videos will shortly become