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Introduction to Key Areas of work in Codex

Codex sets standards for nearly 200 food products and has over 120 guidelines and codes of practice on a vast range of issues linked to food safety, quality and trade.

The work of Codex on key issues can have considerable impact on the safety of the food we eat. 

Animal Feed Antimicrobial
Biotechnology Contaminants Nutrition &

Codex scorecard

Updated July 2016 at the 39th Codex Alimentarius Commission

  • 191 Commodity standards
  • 76 Guidelines
  • 50 Codes of Practice
  • 4037 maximum levels for 303 food additives
  • 4846 maximum residue levels for pesticide residues covering 294 pesticides
  • 610 maximum residue levels for 75 veterinary drugs

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