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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

CAC43
Codex Alimentarius Commission
Virtual
24/09/202006/11/2020
CCRVDF25
Codex Committee on Residues of Veterinary Drugs in Foods
Cleveland, Ohio
United States of America
25/01/202129/01/2021
CCGP32
Codex Committee on General Principles
Bordeaux
France
08/02/202112/02/2021
CCFA52
Codex Committee on Food Additives
TBA
08/03/202112/03/2021
CCFICS25
Codex Committee on Food Import and Export Inspection and Certification Systems
TBA
22/03/202126/03/2021
CCPR52
Codex Committee on Pesticide Residues
TBA
China
12/04/202117/04/2021
CCSCH5
Codex Committee on Spices and Culinary Herbs
Kochi, Kerala
India
26/04/202130/04/2021
CCCF14
Codex Committee on Contaminants in Foods
TBA
Netherlands
03/05/202107/05/2021

Meetings to be rescheduled

CCEXEC80
Executive Committee of the Codex Alimentarius Commission
TBCto be confirmed
CCFL46
Codex Committee on Food Labelling
Quebec City
Canada
26/09/2021 - 01/10/2021
CCFO27
Codex Committee on Fats and Oils
TBC18-22/10/2021
CCNFSDU42
Codex Committee on Nutrition and Foods for Special Dietary Uses
TBC22-26/11/2021
CCFH52
Codex Committee on Food Hygiene
San Diego
United States of America
29/11 to 03/12/2021

 Publications

CAC43 magazine Each year this annual report, in a captivating magazine format, records the work of the Codex Alimentarius from one Commission to the next.
Before the COVID-19 pandemic brought a halt to international travel and physical meetings in March 2020, some of the technical committees and all six FAO/WHO Coordinating Committees did meet as planned.
With a special focus on the Codex regions including contributions from Member Countries, the Codex parent organizations and some of the global experts who work with Codex, this 4th edition of the magazine reports on local, regional and global issues effecting food safety and fair practices in food trade.



Through this publication we see the Codex family demonstrating resilience, patience, prudence and persistence in our work to achieve better and fairer food trade globally

Guilherme Da Costa
Chairperson, Codex Alimentarius Commission

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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]