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 trade. 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


CCEXEC73 Executive Committee: Geneva, Switzerland 10-13 July 2017
CAC40 Codex Alimentarius Commission: Geneva, Switzerland 17-22 July 2017

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Publications

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Updated on: 12-06-2017
The role of standards in a changing world
26 Jun 2017 - 
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It’s time for fixed definitions for food fraud and food integrity
20 Jun 2017 - 
We need a food supply system that produces safe food, produces nutritious food, and also  [...]
Who is new in the Codex Secretariat?
9 Jun 2017 - 
Seconded officers provide a valuable contribution to the work of the Secretariat. There are currently five  [...]
Codex launches RSS feed for meetings
5 Jun 2017 - 
Anyone can now follow Codex Alimentarius meetings simply by clicking on the RSS icon. RSS stands  [...]
Codex Secretary Tom Heilandt addresses the 85th OIE General Session
24 May 2017 - 
May 23rd 2017 Paris. World Organisation for Animal Health  Speech: Tom Heilandt  The actual speech as  [...]