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Permissible levels of methylmercury in ďŹ sh to be adjusted in Codex Alimentarius The United Nations food standards body Codex Alimentarius Commission met in Geneva from 17 to 22 July 2017 to adopt food safety and quality standards. Charged with protecting consumer health and ensuring fair practices in the food trade, the Codex Alimentarius is a joint initiative of the Food and Agriculture

Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the World Health Organization (WHO). One of the decisions taken by the commission covered maximum levels of mercury in fish. Mercury, a naturally occurring element, can harm human health in various ways. It accumulates in fish in the form of methylmercury.

The Codex Alimentarius Commission has decided to start new work to establish maximum levels of methylmercury for certain fish: tuna, alfonsino, kingfish/ amberjack, marlin, shark, dogfish and swordfish. Fish that live for a long time, and are higher in the food chain, have higher levels of methylmercury in their

bodies. Mercury can have toxic effects on the nervous, digestive and immune systems of humans, and on lungs, kidneys, skin and eyes. The new work of the Commission will take into account the negative health effects of methylmercury, as well as the health benefits of nutrients in fish.

Positive developments on seafood markets likely to continue throughout this year The end of El Niùo and the associated recovery of certain fisheries, such as the anchoveta fishery in Peru, have contributed to stronger growth in global fisheries production as predicted for 2017 compared with 2016, reports Globefish. The predicted increase for 2017 is 1.1, slightly higher than the equivalent figure for 2016. Aquaculture growth, however, is expected to be more or less the same as last year. Globally, economies are finally growing again in several regions and demand for seafood is expected to be robust in 2017. Forecasts for growth in trade point to a 5.8 percent increase to USD151bn this year. Increased demand is pushing prices upwards despite the rise in production and in April 2017 the

FAO’s fish price index was up 7 points compared with a year ago due to higher prices for salmon, shrimp, tuna, and small pelagics. Improving economic conditions in the three biggest seafood markets (US, EU, Japan) are expected to lead to increased demand for seafood. In South East Asia too significant growth in imports is expected. Exporters in Ecuador, Peru, Chile, Norway and India are all expected to benefit from the increased demand for seafood. This momentum on seafood markets is expected to continue into the latter half of the year, though an increase in supply volumes of shrimp, salmon, fishmeal and fish oil are expected to curb the increase in prices for these highly-traded products.

Bumper white shrimp harvests in India are expected to boost exports to record levels in 2017.

InfoďŹ sh and FAO to collaborate closer in ďŹ ght against IUU ďŹ shing The 30th Infofish Technical and Advisory Board Meeting took place in July 2017 at the premises of the Fisheries Development Authority of Malaysia in Puchong. Representatives from Bangladesh, Cambodia, Fiji, India, Malaysia, Maldives, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Sri Lanka and Thailand, as well as a

delegate from the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). The convention reviewed the report on activities carried out during the period May 2016-April 2017 as well as the work programme for 2017-2018. During the meeting the representative said that the current challenge was to enable member countries to restore fish

A visit to a fish processing unit was part of the programme for the delegates to the Infofish Technical and Advisory Board Meeting. 

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