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...

Upcoming Meetings


CAC40 Codex Alimentarius Commission: Geneva, Switzerland 17-22 July 2017
CCEXEC74 Executive Committee: Rome, Italy 26-28 September 2017

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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.
Updated on: 18-07-2017
CAC40 Chairperson’s Side Event
22 Jul 2017 - 
Ms Awilo Ochieng Pernet, Chairperson of the Codex Alimentarius Commission, opened the last side event  [...]
The science that leads to Codex food safety standards
21 Jul 2017 - 
Two officers illustrated for the Codex Alimentarius Commission, during its 40th session, the way FAO  [...]
Should Codex set standards for alcoholic beverages?
21 Jul 2017 - 
The World Health Organization (WHO) led a side event at the 40th Session of the  [...]
Codex elects 3 new vice chairs
20 Jul 2017 - 
The Codex Alimentsarius Commission has elected three vice Chairpersons, Dr Mariam Eid (Lebanon), Dr Purwiyatno  [...]
International organizations outline efforts to advance the global goal on partnership
20 Jul 2017 - 
International organizations that are part of the Codex Alimentarius Commission discussed ways that they, as  [...]