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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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In a new report, Trade and Food Standards, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Trade Organization (WTO) offer a concise explanation of how international food standards are set and applied. The harmonization of standards aims to bolster public health, reduce the burden of compliance on producers and minimize the risk of costly disruptions to trade.

Year: 2017   -   Language: English

This publication showcases the steps the Codex Alimentarius has taken from July 2016 (CAC39) to July 2017 (CAC40) on the road to safe and quality food for everyone. Over the course of the year, the 12 technical and 6 regional committees met to discuss updates to the international food standards, guidelines and codes of practice. The “food code’s” governing body, known as the Codex Alimentarius Commission (CAC), makes decisions on the committees’ proposals during its annual meeting in July. Through an array of magazine-style articles, “The Science of Food Standards - The road from Codex Alimentarius Commission 39 to 40” shares the viewpoints and contributions of the diverse partnership, which includes 187 Member Countries and the European Union as well as over 200 Observers.

Year: 2017   -   Language: English

The Codex Alimentarius Commission envisages a world afforded the highest attainable levels of consumer protection including food safety and quality. To this end, the Commission will develop internationally agreed standards and related texts for use in domestic regulation and international trade in food that are based on scientific principles and fulfil the objectives of consumer health protection and fair practices in food trade.

Year: 2014   -   Language: English