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 187 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


CCFICS22 Inspection & Certification: Melbourne 6-12 Feb. 2016
CCMAS37 Methods of Analysis and Sampling: Budapest 22-26 Feb. 2016
CCFFA48 Food Additives: China 14-18 Mar. 2016
CCCF10 Contaminants in Foods: Rotterdam 4-8 April 2016
CCGP30 General Principles: Paris 11-15 April 2016
CCPR48 Pesticide Residues: Chongqing, China 25-29 April 2016

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Codex in Lebanon

Publications

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

Go to Thematic Compilations
Updated on: 08-02-2016
CCFICS - building greater understanding and achieving consensus
5 Feb 2016 - 
Q&A interview with Greg Read, Chair of the Codex Committee on Food Import and Export  [...]
Understanding Codex on Video - Observers
2 Feb 2016 - 
The following video is the second part of a short series that explains Codex Alimentarius  [...]
Kuwait - WTO Workshop on Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures
29 Jan 2016 - 
A Regional Workshop on the WTO Agreement on the Application of Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures  [...]
Understanding Codex on Video
19 Jan 2016 - 
The following video is part of a short series that explains Codex Alimentarius to a  [...]
New work for Spices Committee
8 Jan 2016 - 
The Codex Committee on Spices and Culinary Herbs (CCSCH) is hosted by India and first  [...]