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


CCASIA20 RCC ASIA: New Delhi 26-30 September 2016
CCEURO30 RCC EURO: Astana Kazakhstan 03-07 October 2016
CCRVDF23 Residues of Veterinary Drugs in Food: Houston 17-21 October 2016
CCFH48 Food Hygiene: Los Angeles 7-11 November 2016
CCLAC20 RCC LAC: Viña del Mar, Chile 21-25 November 2016

Latest video

Indian students show amazing knowledge of food safety

Publications

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

Go to Thematic Compilations
Updated on: 26-09-2016
User manuals for online commenting system published
27 Sep 2016 - 
The Online Commenting System (OCS) is a new way for Codex members and observers to  [...]
Ten years of integrated food law in India
23 Sep 2016 - 
The second of the Joint FAO/WHO Regional Coordinating Committees (CCASIA) meets 26-30 September in New  [...]
At UN, global leaders commit to act on antimicrobial resistance
21 Sep 2016 - 
OPGA/WHO/FAO/OIE Joint News Release Collective effort to address a challenge to health, food security, and development 21  [...]
Codex Regional Meetings begin in Vanuatu
18 Sep 2016 - 
The RCCs provide an incredibly important opportunity for dynamic discussion on major and emerging food  [...]
FAO to support countries in tackling spread of AMR
14 Sep 2016 - 
Global leaders will meet at the United Nations General Assembly in New York next Friday  [...]