Codex across the supply chain in the USA

Photo gallery examining the role of Codex from farm to fork.

Photos by Sue Price

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 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


Executive Committee: Geneva 30 August - 1st September 2016
CCPFV28 Processed Fruits and Vegetables: Washington DC 12-16 September 2016
CCNASWP14 RCC NASWP: Vanuatu 19-22 September 2016
CCASIA20 RCC ASIA: New Delhi 26-30 September 2016
RCC EURO: Astana Kazakhstan 03-07 October 2016

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Publications

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

Go to Thematic Compilations
Updated on: 08-07-2016
Codex OCS: current status, access and resources
20 Jul 2016 - 
The Online Commenting System (OCS) is a new way for Codex members and observers to  [...]
Codex implements online commenting system
14 Jul 2016 - 
The Codex Online Commenting System (OCS) is an innovative tool that will revolutionise the way  [...]
Launch of 2nd Codex Trust Fund
29 Jun 2016 - 
Building Codex Globally At the 39th session of the Codex Alimentarius Commission the Director General of  [...]
Decisions from Day 2 of the Codex Alimentarius Commission
28 Jun 2016 - 
Maximum limits for pesticide residues in foodAGREED - 28 June 2016Pesticides are chemicals used to  [...]
Decisions from Day 1 of the Codex Alimentarius Commission
27 Jun 2016 - 
Here is a summary of the main decisions taken today at #CAC39. Guidelines for the control  [...]