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CAC/MISC 6-2017
List of Codex Specifications for Food Additives

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

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

CAC/GL 86-2015
Guidelines for the Control of Trichinella Spp. in Meat of Suidae

CAC/RCP 75-2015
Code of Hygienic Practice for Low-Moisture Foods

CODEX STAN 320-2015
Standard for Quick Frozen Vegetables

CODEX STAN 321-2015
Standard for Ginseng Products

CODEX STAN 319-2015
Standard for Certain Canned Fruits

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

CCCF12
Codex Committee on Contaminants in Foods
Utrecht
Netherlands
12/03/201816/03/2018
CCFA50
Codex Committee on Food Additives
Xiamen, Fujian Province
China
26/03/201830/03/2018
CCPR50
Codex Committee on Pesticide Residues
TBA
09/04/201814/04/2018
CCRVDF24
Codex Committee on Residues of Veterinary Drugs in Foods
Chicago
United States of America
23/04/201827/04/2018
CCMAS39
Codex Committee on Methods of Analysis and Sampling
Budapest
Hungary
07/05/201811/05/2018
CCEXEC75
Executive Committee of the Codex Alimentarius Commission
Rome
Italy
26/06/201829/06/2018
CAC41
Codex Alimentarius Commission
Rome
Italy
02/07/201806/07/2018
CCEXEC76
Executive Committee of the Codex Alimentarius Commission
Rome
Italy
07/07/201807/07/2018

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Publications

Understanding CodexFor more than five decades Codex texts have contributed immensely to the safety and quality of the food we eat. The Codex Alimentarius forms a global rule book that everyone in the food chain can follow, and it is at the same time a lifeline to those countries still working to strengthen their own national food safety control systems

This 4th edition of Understanding Codex will allow readers to have an informed view of the Codex Alimentarius Commission, how it works and what it has achieved. Interested readers to will quickly grasp the structure of the Codex system and gain an insight into the specialized technical committees and the detailed procedures and processes of Codex.

 

 

Whatever the future holds, food safety measures will need to be taken and when they are taken they will need to follow internationally agreed, harmonized standards born out of consensus and founded on sound science. That will be Codex.

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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]