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Twenty-fifth session of the Specialized Section on Standardization of Meat (GE.11)

Twenty-fifth session of the Specialized Section on Standardization of Meat (GE.11)

29 - 31 August 2016
Room V, Palais des Nations Geneva Switzerland
Meat Seminar 2016


The twenty-fifth session of the Specialized Section on Standardization of Meat (GE.11) will be held at the Palais des Nations, Geneva, on 29-31 August 2016.

In connection with the meeting, the following events will also be held: 

  • Rapporteurs meeting on eggs and egg products, 29 August 2016, 10.00-13.00
  • Meeting of the Scientific Reference Group on Eating Quality, 29 August 2016, 10.00-13.00 - Tentative agenda
  • UNECE Seminar on meat: “Meat 2016: Updates, Trends and New Developments”, 29 August 2016, 15.00-18.00 - Programme

For information about the UNECE Seminar on meat, see separate tab on this page. 

Meat Seminar

As an annual event held jointly with the UNECE Specialized Section on Standardization of Meat, UNECE’s Meat Seminars' discuss trends and issues relating to meat trade and standards.

This year's Seminar will provide an overview of recent trends in meat consumption and trade, with a focus on Asia. It will also discuss developments in a range of areas related to the trade in meat, including electronic SPS certificates for meat, traceability, eating quality, and standards for animal welfare and social responsibility.


  • Programme
  • Presentations:
    Meat trade - emerging trends
    -  Nils Beaumond, Consultant for Girafood
    Electronic SPS-certificates (e-SPS) for meat
    - Kenza Le Mentec, Economic Affairs Office, STDF, WTO
    - Alexandre J. Moret, E-Cert Specialist, Netherlands Food and Consumer Produce Safety Authority
    Trends in standards
    - Jim Bracken, Sustainability Director, GS1 Global
    - Craig Morris, Deputy Administrator, AMS Livestock, Poultry and Seed Program, U.S. Department of Agriculture
    - Rod Polkinghorne, Chairman, MSA Beef Pathways Committee and independent researcher, Australia (representative of the Scientific Reference Group on Eating Quality)

Eating Quality

Meeting of the Scientific Reference Group on Eating Quality

  • Inclusion of live animal standards and genomic data - linkage to International standards via e.g. ICAR, EAAP, Ontobeef and ATOL or others – Andrew Cromie, Irish Cattle Breeding Federation
  • Experience with instrument grading technology in USA – Craig Morris, USDA
  • Demonstration and discussion of OSCAP system and availability via the European reference centre – Grzegorz Pogorzelski, Warsaw University of Life Sciences
  • Paris eating quality workshop – Rod Polkinghorne
  • Milan conference – Declan Troy, Irish Agriculture and Food Development Authority
  • Australian beef language White Paper – Rod Polkinghorne
  • MSA experience and commercial outcomes – Jane Weatherley, Meat & Livestock Australia
  • Collaborative international carcase grading and consumer testing activity by Texas Tech University – Dr Andrea Garmyn and Loni Woolley, Texas Tech University
  • Linkage of GS1 coding to UNECE language – Jim Bracken, Sustainability Director, GS1

GE.11 Documents

Document Symbol Document Title ENG FRE RUS
ECE/CTCS/WP.7/GE.11/2016/1 Provisional Agenda PDF PDF PDF
ECE/CTCS/WP.7/GE.11/2016/2 Report of the Meeting PDF PDF PDF
ECE/CTCS/WP.7/GE.11/2016/3 Co-products from slaughter and processing PDF PDF PDF
ECE/CTCS/WP.7/GE.11/2016/4 UNECE Standard for Deer Meat - illustrations and photos      
  UNECE Standard for Deer meat PDF PDF PDF
ECE/CTCS/WP.7/GE.11/2016/5 UNECE Standard for Edible Meat Co-Products -  illustrations and photos PDF    
ECE/CTCS/WP.7/GE.11/2016/6 UNECE Standard for Retail Meat Cuts -  lamb and veal PDF PDF PDF
ECE/CTCS/WP.7/GE.11/2016/7 Amendments to the UNECE Standards for Eggs and Egg Products PDF PDF PDF
  UNECE Standard for Eggs-in-shell PDF PDF PDF
  UNECE Standard for Egg Products PDF PDF PDF
ECE/CTCS/WP.7/GE.11/2016/8 Eating quality -  proposals by the discussion group PDF PDF PDF
List of Participants   PDF    

Post-session Documents

The following drafts contain proposals compiled during the August 2016 session of the Specialized Section and its Rapporteurs' meeting