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

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


CCFO25 Fats & Oils: Kuala Lumpur - Malaysia 27 Feb - 2 Mar 2017
CCFA49 Food Additives: Macao SAR China 20-24 March 2017
CCCF Contaminants: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 3-7 April 2017
CCPR Pesticide Residues: Beijing, China 24-29 April 2017

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The role of agriculture in preventing the development of antimicrobial resistance.

Publications

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

Go to Thematic Compilations
Updated on: 13-02-2017
Report of Codex AMR meeting published
17 Feb 2017 - 
The Codex Secretariat has published the report of the working group on AMR hosted by  [...]
Feed industry meeting highlights antimicrobial resistance
7 Feb 2017 - 
The 10th International Feed Regulators Meeting (IFRM) organized by IFIF in cooperation with the Food  [...]
Spices Committee Chennai 6-10 February
1 Feb 2017 - 
On July 5 2013, at its 36th session, the Codex Alimentarius Commission agreed to establish  [...]
Understanding acrylamide
27 Jan 2017 - 
Earlier this week there were stories in the press that the UK Food Standards Agency  [...]
FAO and Japan high level discussions
26 Jan 2017 - 
24 Jan 2017, Rome - a delegation of senior officials from the Japanese Ministry of  [...]