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


CCEXEC72 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: 28-08-2016
72nd Session of Codex Executive Committee
24 Aug 2016 - 
New timing to boost strategic planning in Codex. From Tuesday 29th August to Thursday 1st September  [...]
New Codex Food Hygiene Guidelines
15 Aug 2016 - 
During its most recent 2016 session, the Codex Alimentarius Commission adopted two key guidelines that  [...]
Codex and the SDGs
29 Jul 2016 - 
On September 25th 2015, countries adopted a set of goals to end poverty, protect the  [...]
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  [...]