The Codex Alimentarius Commission was created in 1963 by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the World Health Organization (WHO) to develop food standards, guidelines and related texts such as codes of practice under the Joint FAO/WHO Food Standards Programme.
Codex Alimentarius, or “the food code”, has become the global reference for consumers, food producers and processors, national food control agencies and the international food trade. The main purposes of this programme are protecting consumer health, ensuring fair trade practices in food trade, and promoting coordination of all the food standards designed by international governmental and non-governmental organizations.
Codex has developed several standards for milk and milk products. Codex guidelines for dairy are:
Standards for milk products:
Horizontal cheese standards:
Individual cheese standards:
General texts for milk and milk products: