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

STAN-319 Canned Fruits
STAN-320 Quick Frozen Vegetables
STAN-321 Ginseng Products
CAC/GL-86 Guidelines for Trichinella
CAC/GL-2 Nutrition Labelling

What are the benefits of Codex Standards?

Codex standards ensure that food is safe and can be traded. The 187 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


CCFL43 Food Labelling: Ottawa, Canada 09-13 May 2016
CCEXEC71 Executive Committee: Rome 20-23 June 2016
CAC39 Codex Alimentarius Commission: Rome 27 June - 01 July 2016

Latest video

Feed Safety Partnership

Publications

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

Go to Thematic Compilations
Updated on: 01-05-2016
Codex in the supply chain
22 Apr 2016 - 
It is peak bloom season and a beautiful time of year at the foot of  [...]
Q&A with Dr Wieke Tas
1 Apr 2016 - 
The Codex Committee on Contaminants in Foods (CCCF) establishes or endorses permitted maximum levels or  [...]
Closer cooperation with ISO on methods of analysis and sampling
22 Mar 2016 - 
On March 14th in Geneva, Codex Secretary Tom Heilandt met with Mr Zhang Xiaogang, President  [...]
Video: Nuclear Techniques in Codex
18 Mar 2016 - 
The Joint FAO/IAEA Division of Nuclear Techniques in Food and Agriculture was established by the  [...]
Q&A with CCFA Chair Dr Junshi Chen
14 Mar 2016 - 
The Codex Committee on Food Additives works to establish or endorse permitted maximum levels for  [...]