Codex Alimentarius Commission (CAC), the global food standards body has adopted three standards for black, white and green pepper, cumin and thyme in Geneva. This has brought  universal agreement on identifying quality spices in various countries.  The member-countries of CAC, the international food standards-setting body which met in Geneva for its 40th session during July 17-22, unanimously approved the adoption of Codex standards for the three spices, which would facilitate evolving a common standardization process for their global trade and availability. India has showed keen support to the global recognisation of the common standards by organizing 3 committees namely : on Spices and Culinary Herbs (CCSCH) at Kochi (2014), Goa (2015) and Chennai (2017). The Chennai session succeeded in achieving this consensus. Subsequently, these drafts were placed before the CAC, and it was adopted with an overwhelming support from the member-countries. 

 



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