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2019 has been the year of food safety with The First FAO / WHO / AU International Food Safety Conference in Addis Ababa and the WTO International Forum on Food Safety and Trade in Geneva shining the global spotlight on issues that will affect global food production and supply systems, consumers, industry and the planet itself. The Codex Alimentarius Commission is where the world comes together to set international food safety and quality standards to protect consumer helath and facilitate intenrational trade.

This publication reports on the Codex year and is produced in conjunction with the 42nd Codex Alimentarius Commission held in Geneva 8-12 July 2019.

Year: 2019   -   Language: English

Matters of food authenticity are less likely to create problems for public health but they can and do create great damage in the market, leading to breakdowns in consumer confidence and unfair competition as honest traders are unable to match the discounted prices of their fraudulent rivals.

The Codex Committee on Fats and Oils (CCFO) was established in 1964 to elaborate worldwide standards for fats and oils of animal, vegetable and marine origin including margarine and olive oil.

This publication explores how CCFO operates and the role Malaysia has played since taking over the committee from the UK in 2009. With contributions from producing nations, traders, members and observers, the reader will glimpse what goes on in an international standard setting body to ensure safe food and a level playing field for trade.

Year: 2019   -   Language: English

In 1964, nine Codex Alimentarius Commission Member countries and a number of Observer organizations gathered in Washington DC, United States of America to begin building consensus on how to produce food hygienically and, where feasible, set limits for microbial counts in foods. Thanks to the visionary approach of Codex in those early years, knowledge about how to safely prepare and handle food was used to develop standards, providing tools for both national regulatory authorities and the food industry to systematically improve food hygiene. The leaps and bounds made over five decades mean that food can now be safely produced, processed and distributed in greater volumes and over greater distances than ever before.

Year: 2019   -   Language: English, French, Spanish

For 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 5th 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.

Year: 2018   -   Language: English, French, Spanish, Chinese and Russian

This publication showcases the steps the Codex Alimentarius has taken from July 2017 (CAC40) to July 2018 (CAC41) on the road to safe and quality food for everyone.
Over the course of the year, Codex 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, “Codex" shares the viewpoints and contributions of the diverse partnership, which includes 188 Member Countries and the European Union as well as over 200 Observers.

Year: 2018   -   Language: English, French, Spanish, Chinese and Russian

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

The Procedural Manual of the Codex Alimentarius Commission is intended to help Members Governments participate effectively in the work of the joint FAO/WHO Food Standards Programme. The manual is particularly useful for national delegation attending Codex meeting and for internationals organizations attending as observers. It sets out the basic Rules of Procedures, procedures for the elaboration of Codex standards and related texts, basic definitions and guidelines for the operation of Codex committees and also gives the membership of the Codex Alimentarius Commission.

To access previous Previous versions of the Procedural Manual please contact the Codex Secretariat: codex@fao.org