What is the Codex Alimentarius?

The Codex Alimentarius or "Food Code" was established by FAO and the World Health Organization in 1963 to develop harmonised international food standards, which protect consumer health and promote fair practices in food trade. 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


CCAFRICA22 RCC Africa: Nairobi Kenya 16-20 January 2017
CCSCH3 Spices: Chennai, India 6-10 February 2017
CCFO25 Fats & Oils: Kuala Lumpur - Malaysia 27 Feb -2 Mar 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: 27-12-2016
2016 Codex Highlights
3 Jan 2017 - 
As a busy period of Codex activities gets underway starting with the FAO/WHO Regional Coordinating  [...]
China National Codex Committee Annual meeting
23 Dec 2016 - 
On December 21st, Codex Secretary Tom Heilandt spoke to the Chinese National Codex Committee at  [...]
40th Codex Alimentarius Commission - new dates
16 Dec 2016 - 
Meeting Announcement Date change The 40th Session of the Codex Alimentarius Commission will take place in Geneva,  [...]
4th OIE Global Conference on Animal welfare
13 Dec 2016 - 
After three days of fruitful discussions, the 430 participants of the 4th OIE Global Conference  [...]
Take part in survey on good practices in feed industry
12 Dec 2016 - 
FAO, the International Feed Industry Federation (IFIF) and the Standard Trade and Development Facility (STDF)  [...]