What is the Codex Alimentarius?

The Codex Alimentarius, or "Food Code" is a collection of standards, guidelines and codes of practice adopted by the Codex Alimentarius Commission. The Commission, also known as CAC, is the central part of the Joint FAO/WHO Food Standards Programme and was established by FAO and WHO to protect consumer health and promote fair practices in food. It held its first meeting in 1963. Read more ...

Recent Codex Standards

CAC/GL 2 Nutrition Labelling
CAC/GL 87 Salmonella
CAC/GL 19 Food Safety Emergencies
CAC/GL 88 Control of Foodborne Parasites
CAC/MISC 6 Specifications for Food Additives
CAC/RCP 51 Mycotoxin Contamination in Cereals

What are the benefits of Codex Standards?

Codex standards ensure that food is safe and can be traded. The 188 Codex members have negotiated science based recommendations in all areas related to food safety and quality: food hygiene; maximum limits for food additives; residues of pesticides and veterinary drugs; and maximum limits and codes for the prevention of chemical and microbiological contamination. Codex food safety texts are a reference in WTO trade disputes. Read more...

Upcoming Meetings


CCCF11 Contaminants: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 3-7 April 2017
CCPR49 Pesticide Residues: Beijing, China 24-29 April 2017
CCFICS23 Food Import and Export Inspection and Certification Systems: TBC 1-5 May 2017
CCMAS38 Methods of Analysis and Sampling: Budapest, Hungary 8-12 May 2017
CCNEA9 RCC Near East: FAO HQ Rome 15-19 May 2017

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Publications

Discover how Codex texts work together to guarantee food safety and ensure fair practices in food trade.

Go to Thematic Compilations
Updated on: 27-03-2017
Codex Food Additives Committee meeting in Macao, China
17 Mar 2017 - 
This committee establishes or endorses permitted maximum levels for individual food additives. A food additive  [...]
Dr. Moses Gathura Gichia Coordinator for Africa Region retires
27 Feb 2017 - 
CCAFRICA Coordinator and Executive Committee Member of the Codex Alimentarius Commission, Dr. Moses Gathura Gichia  [...]
Report of Codex AMR meeting published
17 Feb 2017 - 
The Codex Secretariat has published the report of the working group on AMR hosted by  [...]
Feed industry meeting highlights antimicrobial resistance
7 Feb 2017 - 
The 10th International Feed Regulators Meeting (IFRM) organized by IFIF in cooperation with the Food  [...]
Spices Committee Chennai 6-10 February
1 Feb 2017 - 
On July 5 2013, at its 36th session, the Codex Alimentarius Commission agreed to establish  [...]