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CODEX STAN 330-2018
Standard for Aubergines

CAC/RCP 76R-2017
Regional Code of Hygienic Practice for Street-Vended Foods in Asia

CAC/GL 90-2017
Guidelines on Performance Criteria for Methods of Analysis for the Determination of Pesticide Residues in Food and Feed

CAC/GL 91-2017
Principles and Guidelines for Monitoring the Performance of National Food Control Systems

CAC/RCP 77-2017
Code of Practice for the Prevention and Reduction of Arsenic Contamination in Rice

CAC/RCP 78-2017
Code of Practice for the Prevention and Reduction of Mycotoxins in Spices

CODEX STAN 329-2017
Standard for Fish Oils

CODEX STAN 325R-2017
Regional Standard for Unrefined Shea Butter

CODEX STAN 323R-2017
Regional Standard for Laver Products

CODEX STAN 326-2017
Standard for Black, White and Green Peppers

CODEX STAN 327-2017
Standard for Cumin

CODEX STAN 328-2017
Standard for Dried Thyme

CODEX STAN 331-2017
Standard for Dairy Permeate Powders

CODEX STAN 324R-2017
Regional Standard for Yacon

CAC/GL 89-2016
Principles and guidelines for the exchange of information between importing and exporting countries to support the trade in food

CAC/GL 87-2016
Guidelines for the Control of Nontyphoidal Salmonella spp. in Beef and Pork Meat

CAC/GL 88-2016
Guidelines on the Application of General Principles of Food Hygiene to the Control of Foodborne Parasites

CODEX STAN 322R-2015
Regional Standard for Non-Fermented Soybean Products

CODEX STAN 316-2014
Standard for Passion Fruit

CAC/GL 85-2014
Guidelines for the Control of Taenia Saginata in Meat of Domestic Cattle

CODEX STAN 315-2014
Standard for Fresh and Quick Frozen Raw Scallop Products

CAC/RCP 74-2014
Code of Practice for Weed Control to Prevent and Reduce Pyrrolizidine Alkaloid Contamination in Food and Feed

Protecting health, facilitating trade

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. [... more]

Why do we need 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. Codex food safety texts are a reference in WTO trade disputes. [... more]

Codex and ...

Animal Feed

Good animal feeding plays a vital role in animal health & welfare and in the production of safe and quality products of animal origin.

Antimicrobial resistance

Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is a major global threat of increasing concern to human and animal health. It also has implications for both food safety and food security and the economic well being of millions of farming households.

Biotechnology

While there is little controversy about many aspects of biotechnology and its application, genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are often the target of very intensive debate.

 

Contaminants

Contaminants are chemical substances that have not been intentionally added to food or feed and may pose a risk to animal and human health.

Nutrition & Labelling

The food label is one of the most important tools consumers can use to make informed choices about healthy and safe foods.

Pesticides

Pesticides with public health uses are intended to limit the potential for disease. By their nature, many pesticides may pose some risk to humans, animals, or the environment.

Scientific Approach

Codex committees, when developing standards, need to analyze risk. Independent scientific advice is provided to Codex by expert bodies organized by FAO/WHO. These bodies also give direct advice to Member Governments. [... more]

Sound Science

Upcoming Meetings

CCFICS24
Codex Committee on Food Import and Export Inspection and Certification Systems
Brisbane
Australia
22/10/201826/10/2018
CCFH50
Codex Committee on Food Hygiene
Panama City
Panama
12/11/201816/11/2018
CCNFSDU40
Codex Committee on Nutrition and Foods for Special Dietary Uses
Berlin
Germany
26/11/201830/11/2018
TFAMR6
Ad hoc Codex Intergovernmental Task Force on Antimicrobial Resistance
Busan
Republic of Korea
10/12/201814/12/2018
CCSCH4
Codex Committee on Spices and Culinary Herbs
Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala
India
21/01/201925/01/2019
CCFO26
Codex Committee on Fats and Oils
TBA
25/02/201901/03/2019
CCGP31
Codex Committee on General Principles
Bordeaux
France
11/03/201915/03/2019
CCFA51
Codex Committee on Food Additives
TBA
25/03/201929/03/2019

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Publications

A World Full of StandardsThrough an array of magazine-style articles, “Codex – A world full of standards" shares the viewpoints and contributions of the diverse partnership, which includes 188 Member Countries and the European Union as well as over 200 Observers.

This publication is an annual report containing all the new standards proposed by 16 technical committees from July 2017 to July 2018 on the road to safe and quality food for everyone. Over the course of the year, Codex committees met to discuss updates to the international food standards, guidelines and codes of practice, that promote health and facilitate trade.

The contents include interviews, personal stories and features that reveal the science and people behind the standards as well as contributions from the parent organizations, FAO and WHO, and the officers of the Commission. The publication also covers a successful 17-year-long communication campaign and tweets from Codex teams around the world.

The “food code’s” governing body, known as the Codex Alimentarius Commission (CAC), makes decisions on the committees’ proposals during its annual meeting in July.

 

 

Nobody can deny the rapid rate of change that is happening around us. Codex aspires to be ‘future proof’ and to be able to pick up and address change: meeting that aspiration depends on us.

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Codex and SDGs

On September 25th 2015, countries adopted a set of goals to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all. How is Codex working to achieve these goals? [... more]