THE CODEX ALIMENTARIUS COMMISSION AND THE FAO/WHO FOOD STANDARDS PROGRAMME
The Codex Alimentarius Commission implements the Joint FAO/WHO Food Standards Programme, the purpose of which is to protect the health of consumers and to ensure fair practices in the food trade. The Codex Alimentarius (Latin, meaning Food Law or Code) is a collection of internationally adopted food standards presented in a uniform manner. It also includes provisions of an advisory nature in the form of codes of practice, guidelines and other recommended measures to assist in achieving the purposes of the Codex Alimentarius. The Commission has expressed the view that codes of practice might provide useful checklists of requirements for national food control or enforcement authorities. The publication of the Codex Alimentarius is intended to guide and promote the elaboration and establishment of definitions and requirements for foods, to assist in their harmonization and, in doing so, to facilitate international trade.
BASIC TEXTS ON FOOD HYGIENE - SECOND EDITION
This is the second edition of this compact booklet first published in 1997 and includes the new Principles and Guidelines for the Conduct of Microbiological Risk Assessment. It is hoped that this compact format will allow wide use and understanding of the basic principles of food hygiene and that it will encourage their use by governments, regulatory authorities, food industries and all food handlers, and consumers.
Further information on these texts, or any other aspect of the Codex Alimentarius Commission, may be obtained from:
The Secretary, Codex Alimentarius Commission
Joint FAO/WHO Food Standards Programme,
FAO, Viale delle Terme di Caracalla,
00100, Rome Italy