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CXC 80-2020
Code of Practice on Food Allergen Management for Food Business Operators

CXS 333-2019
Standard for Quinoa

CXC 79-2019
Code of Practice for the Reduction of 3-Monochloropropane-1,2- Diol Esters (3-MCPDEs) and Glycidyl Esters (GEs) in Refined Oils and Food Products Made With Refined Oils

CXG 92-2019
Guidelines for Rapid Risk Analysis Following Instances of Detection of Contaminants in Food where there is No Regulatory Level

CXS 330-2018
Standard for Aubergines

CXS 332R-2018
Regional Standard for Doogh

CXC 76R-2017
Regional Code of Hygienic Practice for Street-Vended Foods in Asia

CXC 77-2017
Code of Practice for the Prevention and Reduction of Arsenic Contamination in Rice

CXC 78-2017
Code of Practice for the Prevention and Reduction of Mycotoxins in Spices

CXS 329-2017
Standard for Fish Oils

CXS 325R-2017
Regional Standard for Unrefined Shea Butter

CXS 323R-2017
Regional Standard for Laver Products

CXS 326-2017
Standard for Black, White and Green Peppers

CXS 327-2017
Standard for Cumin

CXS 328-2017
Standard for Dried Thyme

CXS 331-2017
Standard for Dairy Permeate Powders

CXS 324R-2017
Regional Standard for Yacon

CXG 90-2017
Guidelines on Performance Criteria for Methods of Analysis for the Determination of Pesticide Residues in Food and Feed

CXG 91-2017
Principles and Guidelines for Monitoring the Performance of National Food Control Systems

CXG 88-2016
Guidelines on the Application of General Principles of Food Hygiene to the Control of Foodborne Parasites

CXG 89-2016
Principles and guidelines for the exchange of information between importing and exporting countries to support the trade in food

CXC 75-2015
Code of Hygienic Practice for Low-Moisture Foods

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.


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 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 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

Executive Committee of the Codex Alimentarius Commission
Codex Committee on General Principles
Codex Committee on Food Additives
Codex Committee on Food Import and Export Inspection and Certification Systems
Codex Committee on Pesticide Residues
Codex Committee on Spices and Culinary Herbs
Kochi, Kerala
Codex Committee on Contaminants in Foods
Codex Committee on Methods of Analysis and Sampling

Meetings to be rescheduled

Codex Committee on Food Labelling
Quebec City
26/09/2021 - 01/10/2021
Codex Committee on Fats and Oils
Codex Committee on Nutrition and Foods for Special Dietary Uses
Codex Committee on Food Hygiene
San Diego
United States of America
29/11 to 03/12/2021


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]