The International Workshop on Cadmium in Cocoa and Chocolate Products was held in London, United Kingdom from 3 – 4 May 2012. The workshop was organized by the International Cocoa Organization with generous sponsorship provided by the Government of Ecuador. The workshop was a response to concerns expressed by several cocoa producing countries in relation to the review of European Union Commission Regulation EC-1881/2006, which set maximum levels for certain contaminants in foodstuffs in relation to cadmium. The review could set maximum levels for cadmium residues in cocoa and chocolate products, which could significantly affect the capacity of cocoa producing countries to export cocoa into EU countries.
The objectives of the workshop were to: support cocoa producing countries and the cocoa and chocolate industry in gathering sufficient information on cadmium presence and to send it in the right format to DG SANCO; assess whether there was sufficient evidence to justify the need to establish maximum levels for cadmium in cocoa and chocolate products; to ensure that, if required, residue limits would be established at fair and achievable levels within a suitable transition period; and to enhance the knowledge and dialogue between all the stakeholders on health issues related to cadmium and to review the trade implications.
The workshop was attended by 52 participants from cocoa producing countries, the cocoa trade and industry, food safety authorities, the research community, and intergovernmental organizations.
The presentations at the workshop and its recommendations after two days of constructive deliberations are provided below.
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A full report of this Workshop will appear here shortly.
The International Workshop on the Safe Use of Pesticides in Cocoa and Harmonized Legislation for Food Safety was held at the Renaissance Hotel in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from 25-27 January, 2011 with generous sponsorship provided by the Malaysian Cocoa Board, the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Agriculture, and Innovation of the Netherlands and the Dutch Sustainable Trade Initiative. The Workshop was jointly organized by the ICCO and the Malaysian Cocoa Board. The overall objective of the Workshop was to promote the safe use of pesticides throughout the cocoa value chain and to enhance the process of harmonization of legislation and regulations on pesticide residues in cocoa and related products, including standardization of analytical methods on pesticide residues.
The International Workshop brought together more than 200 participants from 18 countries spanning the five continents of the world. They included representatives from cocoa producers, traders, exporters, processors, chocolate manufacturers, chemical manufacturers, wholesalers and retailers, governmental and non-governmental organizations, research institutions and universities. The workshop was conducted over three days with 15 presentations in four focus areas, each followed by a Question and Answer session and by panel discussions. The four focus areas were: legislation for food safety and analytical methods; the safe use of pesticides; alternatives to pesticides; and perspectives on pesticide legislation from key stakeholders. On the final day, following active deliberations between the audience and the prominent experts serving on the Panel, the Workshop adopted a list of final recommendations.