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


CCNFSDU38 Nutrition: Hamburg Germany 3-9 December 2016
CCAFRICA22 RCC Africa: Nairobi Kenya 16-20 January 2017
CCSCH3 Spices: Chennai, India 6-10 February 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: 28-11-2016
50 years of the Codex Nutrition Committee
4 Dec 2016 - 
This year marks the 50th anniversary of CCNFSDU. In the very early days of Codex, in  [...]
London AMR meeting sets direction for Codex taskforce
3 Dec 2016 - 
The working group hosted by UK and co-chaired by the USA and Australia met in  [...]
Risk communication vital for food safety
30 Nov 2016 - 
The Codex Chairperson, Mrs Awilo Ochieng Pernet, attended the Shenzhen China Food Safety Risk Communication  [...]
Codex begins new work on antimicrobial resistance
28 Nov 2016 - 
In London this week, Codex will take the lead on food safety and antimicrobial resistance  [...]
Chile - Raising consumer awareness about safe and nutritious food
24 Nov 2016 - 
The Codex Chairperson Mrs Awilo Ochieng Pernet and the Codex Secretary Mr Tom Heilandt met  [...]