Codex Alimentarius

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Introduction:

WELCOME to the preview of the course on Codex Alimentarius. This is a 3 credits, graduate or undergraduate level college course offered by Michigan State University. The course is presented completely over the Internet. The Lead Instructor for the course this course is Dr. P. Vincent Hegarty, Professor Emeritus and Founding Director of the Institute for Food Laws & Regulations at Michigan State University. Professor Hegarty is joined by several distinguished guest instructors from Codex Alimentarius, the World Health Organization,  the World Trade Organization, the World Bank, a developing country, and a food industry organization. There is also a Course Manager, Mary Anne Verleger, who will be available to help with any and all concerns regarding this course.

Course Objective:

The objective of this course is to familiarize the students with the history, development and workings of the Codex Alimentarius Commission in formulating and harmonizing food standards and ensuring their global implementation.  The Codex Alimentarius Commission, a joint FAO and WHO body, develops harmonized, international food standards, guidelines, and codes of practice. The two-fold mission is to protect the health of the consumers and ensure fair trade practices in the food trade.  

Interest in a safe global food supply has put Codex at the center of many of today’s most important food issues. Biotechnolgy, pesticide residues, food additives, and contaminants are a few of these.  Reference to the Codex food safety standards in the World Trade Organization’s Agreement on Sanitary and Phytosanitary measures (SPS Agreement) means that Codex has an important role in resolving trade disputes. 

Codex Alimentarius includes:

Course Design:

The course is taught in a series of sections or ” Modules”.  Each Module lasts one week and represents a specific topic or issue.  A new modules will be uploaded each week.  You will have one week to read the materials and complete the assignment.  Once uploaded, the Modules will remain online throughout the duration of the course so you can always go back in case you miss a week.  
Here’s a sample Index of the Modules in this course.  The Module Index may change with each semester.

Module One  Getting Started in a Web Course - 
Overview of Course
P. Vincent Hegarty, Lead Instructor
 Mary Anne Verleger, Course Manager
Module Two What is Codex Alimentarius?
Alan Randall, Secretary (retired)
Codex Alimentarius Commission
FAO, Rome, ITALY
Module Three General Subject Committees
P. Vincent Hegarty, Lead Instructor
Module Four Commodity Committees
P. Vincent Hegarty, Lead Instructor
Module Five Ad hoc International Task Forces
P. Vincent Hegarty, Lead Instructor
Module Six Regional Coordinating Committees
P. Vincent Hegarty, Lead Instructor
Module Seven Codex, Food Safety and WHO
Gerry Moy
World Health Organization
Geneva, SWITZERLAND
Module Eight Codex and International Trade
Gretchen Stanton
World Trade Organization
Geneva, SWITZERLAND
Module Nine Codex and Developing Countries
Pakdee Pothisire
Ministry of Public Health
Bangkok, THAILAND
Module Ten Codex and The World Bank
John S. Wilson
The World Bank
Washington, D.C., USA
Module Eleven Codex and the Food Industry
Peggy S. Rochette
National Food Processors Association
Module Twelve Reviews/Comments on Codex:
Readings From Peer Reviewed Journals
P. Vincent Hegarty, Lead Instructor
Module Fourteen

Course Review
P. Vincent Hegarty, Lead Instructor

Assignments:

Your assignments will be due the following week and can be submitted automatically using our course assignment drop box feature or by email, fax or regular mail.  Grades are posted electronically and sent to you by email.  Class participation is accomplished by means of synchronous and asynchronous Internet communication technologies such as written Discussion Forums and a real time chatroom.

Summary:

So there you have it. It should take an average of nine to twelve hours per week to complete a module.  You simply go online at the beginning of each week or whenever it is convenient for you and a new module will be waiting.  Read the materials, explore the hyperlinked and other Internet-based resources, complete the assignment, upload it in the course assignment drop box and with the click of a mouse you’re done for the week. Fourteen weeks later, you have completed the course.

What if you’re called out of town for a week or are otherwise unable to access or complete a module within the one week time limit?  Time extensions can be granted.

If you are looking for a convenient way to continue your education and are interested in or need information regarding the Codex Alimentarius and its influence on global trade, this is the course for you. 

Just click here [How to Enroll] to get started.  You may enroll directly online.


This course is normally only offered spring semesters, however, a special session has been added for fall semester 2013.

For more information, see the Course Schedule

 

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