The Technical Sub-Committee for Horizontal Issues, a subsidiary body of the National Codex Committee held its 1st extended restitution meeting on March 17, 2016 in Rabat. 40 members representing ministerial departments (22), the profession (13), scientific institutes (3) and consumer protection associations (2) took part in this session.
The session was opened by Mr. Ahmed BENTOUHAMI, Director General of ONSSA and by Mrs. Nawal BENTAHILA, President of the Moroccan Association of Infant Nutrition who recalled the interest and importance of the work of the Codex Alimentarius as an international standards body. In this regard, they insisted on the importance of the coordination and mobilization of all: Public-Private Partners, Scientists and Civil Society to
advocate for infants and young children.
The meeting featured a series of presentations on the Codex Committee on Nutrition and Foods for Special Diets; on the National Nutrition Strategy – Promotion of Infant and Young Child Feeding; on the Codex Standard on Follow-up Formula, as well as on the Engagement of Professionals in the Work of the Codex Alimentarius. In addition, Pr MOUANE Nezha, President of the Moroccan Society of Gastro-Enterology and Pediatric Nutrition presented the discussions held during the last session of the “CCNFSDU” and specified that Morocco expressed itself mainly on the revision of the Codex standard for follow-up formula. To this end, Morocco considers that the standard for follow-up formula must be maintained and updated to reflect the latest scientific data in terms of nutrition and safety. Morocco supports the revision of the said standard with a level of differentiation at 12 months between older infants (6-12 months) and young children (12-36 months).
The main recommendations made during this meeting concerned the need to carry out a study on the nutritional situation of children under 3 years old, infant nutrition practices as well as the particularity of infants and young children; to improve cooperation with the regional committee “CCAFRICA” to support Moroccan positions within the “CCNFSDU”; to make professionals more aware of the work of the “CCNFSDU” and to capitalize on the scientific data available at the national level.