Explanation of Position at a Meeting of the Second Committee on L.2/Rev.1 – World Food Safety Day

Jason Lawrence
Adviser for Economic and Social Affairs
U.S. Mission to the United Nations
New York City
November 8, 2018


Thank you, Mr. Chair. We want to thank the delegation of Costa Rica for their hard work on this resolution. I would like to make one point of clarification. The United States believes food safety is of paramount importance and deeply respects the work of Codex in contributing to the safety of food in international trade. The United States, however, is concerned with language contained in preambular paragraph 7 which, in our opinion, incorrectly expands the mandate of the World Health Organization. Thank you.