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.

Latest video

Working together towards responsible antimicrobial use.

Updated on: 18-11-2017
Addressing AMR on a worldwide basis
17 Nov 2017 - 
The Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) is a global forum working to “transform scientific knowledge  [...]
Work on AMR a collaborative effort
16 Nov 2017 - 
In 2016 the Codex Alimentarius Commission established a Task Force on antimicrobial resistance (AMR) which  [...]
Science-based expertise for the global dairy sector
15 Nov 2017 - 
The International Dairy Federation (IDF) is the global voice of dairy towards stakeholders and intergovernmental organizations  [...]
WHO on AMR and Codex
14 Nov 2017 - 
Q&A with WHO: Kazuaki Miyagishima and Awa Aidara-Kane The Codex Alimentarius Commission agreed in July 2016  [...]
Codex: the standard by which we measure success - Emilio Esteban
14 Nov 2017 - 
How can we change but remain the same? Dr Emilio Esteban is Executive Associate for Laboratory  [...]