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

CCFH48 Food Hygiene: Los Angeles 7-11 November 2016
CCLAC20 RCC LAC: Viña del Mar, Chile 21-25 November 2016
CCNFSDU38 Nutrition: Hamburg Germany 3-9 December 2016
CCAFRICA22 RCC Africa: Nairobi Kenya 16-20 January 2017

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How do standards build trust?


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

Go to Thematic Compilations
Updated on: 23-10-2016
Bolivia symposium: the work of Codex in food safety
21 Oct 2016 - 
In order to strengthen the Codex Alimentarius work in Bolivia, the Bolivian Codex Commitee (CNCA)  [...]
Committee on veterinary drugs begins in Houston
16 Oct 2016 - 
The Codex Committee on Residues of Veterinary Drugs in Foods (CCRVDF) began work in 1986  [...]
World Food Week 10-16 October 2016
10 Oct 2016 - 
WORLD FOOD DAY FAO celebrates World Food Day each year on 16 October to commemorate the  [...]
Keeping food safe - FAO collaboration with CiBi
6 Oct 2016 - 
In September 2016 the Italian magazine CiBi published an edited version of this article as  [...]
First meeting of Codex European Committee in Central Asia
2 Oct 2016 - 
The FAO/WHO RCCs provide an incredibly important opportunity for dynamic discussion on major and emerging  [...]