What is the Codex Alimentarius?

The Codex Alimentarius, or "Food Code" is a collection of standards, guidelines and codes of practice adopted by the Codex Alimentarius Commission. The Commission, also known as CAC, is the central part of the Joint FAO/WHO Food Standards Programme and was established by FAO and WHO to protect consumer health and promote fair practices in food trade. It held its first meeting in 1963. 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...

Publications

Download Codex factsheet Discover the steps Codex has taken from July 2016 (CAC39) to July 2017 (CAC40) on the road to safe and quality food for everyone.

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The role of agriculture in preventing the development of antimicrobial resistance.

Updated on: 20-09-2017
A commitment to food safety in Paraguay with Codex
16 Oct 2017 - 
Asunción, Paraguay The Codex Committee on Food Labelling (CCFL) is tasked with drafting “provisions on labelling  [...]
Safer Food Training for effective participation in Codex
11 Oct 2017 - 
Bangkok October 11 2017 In some ways the premise is very simple: build stronger Codex coordination  [...]
Codex standards for safe food and access to trade
2 Oct 2017 - 
Experts meet in Kampala to discuss standards for fresh fruits and vegetables Kampala, 2nd October 2017  [...]
FAO and EU to intensify collaboration on AMR
30 Sep 2017 - 
The Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), José Graziano  [...]
As a group we have much to achieve
27 Sep 2017 - 
As the Executive Committee of the Codex Alimentarius Commission began its three-day meeting in Rome,  [...]