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Nutrition and Labelling

With advancements in technology, it is possible today to produce food that caters to innumerable preferences and expectations. Confronted by so many options, consumers nowadays are often faced with the challenge of understanding exactly what they are buying and consuming. Food information, such as nutrients and ingredients, are more important than ever before in helping consumers make informed choices when buying food.

The role of Codex in Nutrition and Labelling

Codex provides guidance on the compositional requirements of foods so that they are nutritionally safe. Codex also provides guidance on general labelling of foods and the health or nutritient claims producers make on labels, with terms such as "low fat", "high fat" etc. Codex guidance ensures that consumers understand what they are buying and that "it is what it says it is". 

The Codex Committee on Nutrition and Foods for Special Dietary uses (CCNFSDU) addresses a wide range of technical and regulatory issues for foods that can contribute to the prevention of nutritional deficiencies and diet-related non-communicable diseases. The Codex Committee on Food Labelling  (CCFL) sets standards and guidelines for nutrition information on food packages enabling consumers to make informed food choices. As fora in which member countries, leading industry associations and consumer organisations actively participate, the Nutrition and Labelling committees are important tools for influencing the food system and gaining global consensus on nutrition topics.

Related Codex Texts

Reference Title Committee Last modified
CODEX STAN 107-1981General Standard for the Labelling of Food Additives when sold as suchCCFA2016
CODEX STAN 150-1985Standard for Food Grade SaltCCFA2012
CODEX STAN 106-1983General Standard for Irradiated FoodsCCFH2003
CAC/GL 13-1991Guidelines for the Preservation of Raw Milk by Use of the Lactoperoxidase SystemCCMMP1991
CODEX STAN 1-1985General Standard for the Labelling of Prepackaged FoodsCCFL2010
CAC/GL 2-1985Guidelines on Nutrition LabellingCCFL2017
CAC/MISC 4-1989Classification of Foods and Animal FeedsCCPR1993
CODEX STAN 151-1985Standard for GariCCCPL2013
CODEX STAN 152-1985Standard for Wheat FlourCCCPL2016
CODEX STAN 153-1985Standard for Maize (Corn)CCCPL1995
CODEX STAN 155-1985Standard for Degermed Maize (Corn) Meal and Maize (Corn) GritsCCCPL1995
CODEX STAN 169-1989Standard for Whole and Decorticated Pearl Millet GrainsCCCPL1995
CODEX STAN 171-1989Standard for Certain PulsesCCCPL1995
CODEX STAN 172-1989Standard for Sorghum GrainsCCCPL1995
CODEX STAN 173-1989Standard for Sorghum FlourCCCPL1995
CODEX STAN 176-1989Standard for Edible Cassava FlourCCCPL2013
CODEX STAN 178-1991Standard for Durum Wheat Semolina and Durum Wheat FlourCCCPL1995
CODEX STAN 198-1995Standard for RiceCCCPL1995
CODEX STAN 199-1995Standard for Wheat and Durum WheatCCCPL1995
CODEX STAN 200-1995Standard for PeanutsCCCPL1995
CODEX STAN 201-1995Standard for OatsCCCPL1995
CODEX STAN 202-1995Standard for CouscousCCCPL1995
CODEX STAN 86-1981Standard for Cocoa ButterCCCPC2016
CODEX STAN 87-1981Standard for Chocolate and Chocolate ProductsCCCPC2016
CODEX STAN 105-1981Standard for Cocoa powders (cocoas) and dry mixtures of cocoa and sugarsCCCPC2016
CODEX STAN 3-1981Standard for Canned SalmonCCFFP2011
CODEX STAN 36-1981Standard for Quick Frozen Finfish, Uneviscerated and Eviscerated CCFFP2017
CODEX STAN 37-1991Standard for Canned Shrimps or PrawnsCCFFP2016
CODEX STAN 90-1981Standard for Canned Crab MeatCCFFP2016
CODEX STAN 92-1981Standard for Quick Frozen Shrimps or PrawnsCCFFP2017
CODEX STAN 95-1981Standard for Quick Frozen LobstersCCFFP2017
CODEX STAN 119-1981Standard for Canned FinfishCCFFP2016
CODEX STAN 165-1989Standard for Quick Frozen Blocks of Fish Fillets, Minced Fish Flesh and Mixtures of Fillets and Minced Fish FleshCCFFP2017
CODEX STAN 166-1989Standard for Quick Frozen Fish Sticks (Fish Fingers), Fish Portions and Fish Fillets - Breaded or in BatterCCFFP2017
CODEX STAN 167-1989Standard for Salted Fish and Dried Salted Fish of the Gadidae Family of FishesCCFFP2016
CODEX STAN 189-1993Standard for Dried Shark FinsCCFFP1993
CODEX STAN 190-1995Standard for Quick Frozen Fish FilletsCCFFP2017
CODEX STAN 191-1995Standard for Quick Frozen Raw SquidCCFFP1995
CODEX STAN 141-1983Standard for Cocoa (Cacao) Mass (Cocoa/Chocolate Liquor) and Cocoa CakeCCCPC2016
CODEX STAN 19-1981Standard for Edible Fats and Oils not Covered by Individual StandardsCCFO2017
CODEX STAN 33-1981Standard for Olive Oils and Olive Pomace OilsCCFO2017
CODEX STAN 17-1981Standard for Canned ApplesauceCCPFV2001
CODEX STAN 38-1981Standard for Edible Fungi and Fungus ProductsCCPFV1981
CODEX STAN 39-1981Standard for Dried Edible FungiCCPFV1981
CODEX STAN 40R-1981Regional Standard for Fresh Fungus "Chanterelle"CCEURO1981
CODEX STAN 42-1981Standard for Canned PineappleCCPFV1987
CODEX STAN 60-1981Standard for Canned RaspberriesCCPFV1981
CODEX STAN 62-1981Standard for Canned StrawberriesCCPFV1981
CODEX STAN 66-1981Standard for Table OlivesCCPFV2013
CODEX STAN 67-1981Standard for RaisinsCCPFV1981
CODEX STAN 99-1981Standard for Canned Tropical Fruit SaladCCPFV1981
CODEX STAN 115-1981Standard for Pickled Cucumbers (Cucumber Pickles)CCPFV1981
CODEX STAN 131-1981Standard for Unshelled Pistachio NutsCCPFV1981
CODEX STAN 143-1985Standard for DatesCCPFV1985
CODEX STAN 88-1981Standard for Corned BeefCCPMPP2015
CODEX STAN 89-1981Standard for Luncheon MeatCCPMPP2015
CODEX STAN 96-1981Standard for Cooked Cured HamCCPMPP2015
CODEX STAN 97-1981Standard for Cooked Cured Pork ShoulderCCPMPP2015
CODEX STAN 98-1981Standard for Cooked Cured Chopped MeatCCPMPP2015
CODEX STAN 145-1985Standard for Canned Chestnuts and Canned Chestnut PuréeCCPFV2015
CODEX STAN 160-1987Standard for Mango ChutneyCCPFV1987
CODEX STAN 41-1981Standard for Quick Frozen PeasCCPFV1981
CODEX STAN 52-1981Standard for Quick Frozen StrawberriesCCPFV1981
CODEX STAN 69-1981Standard for Quick Frozen RaspberriesCCPFV1981
CODEX STAN 75-1981Standard for Quick Frozen PeachesCCPFV1981
CODEX STAN 76-1981Standard for Quick Frozen BilberriesCCPFV1981
CODEX STAN 103-1981Standard for Quick Frozen BlueberriesCCPFV1981
CODEX STAN 110-1981Standard for Quick Frozen BroccoliCCPFV1981
CODEX STAN 113-1981Standard for Quick Frozen Green and Wax BeansCCPFV1981
CODEX STAN 279-1971Standard for ButterCCMMP2010
CODEX STAN 280-1973Standard for Milkfat ProductsCCMMP2010
CODEX STAN 281-1971Standard for Evaporated MilksCCMMP2010
CODEX STAN 282-1971Standard for Sweetened Condensed MilksCCMMP2010
CODEX STAN 284-1971Standard for Whey CheesesCCMMP2010
CODEX STAN 288-1976Standard for Cream and Prepared CreamsCCMMP2010
CODEX STAN 289-1995Standard for Whey PowdersCCMMP2010
CODEX STAN 290-1995Standard for Edible Casein ProductsCCMMP2016
CODEX STAN 263-1966Standard for CheddarCCMMP2013
CODEX STAN 266-1966Standard for GoudaCCMMP2013
CODEX STAN 270-1968Standard for TilsiterCCMMP2013
CODEX STAN 271-1968Standard for Saint-PaulinCCMMP2013
CODEX STAN 272-1968Standard for ProvoloneCCMMP2013
CODEX STAN 276-1973Standard for CamembertCCMMP2010
CODEX STAN 278-1978Standard for Extra Hard Grating CheeseCCMMP1978
CODEX STAN 108-1981Standard for Natural Mineral WatersCCNMW2011
CODEX STAN 13-1981Standard for Preserved TomatoesCCPFV2017
CODEX STAN 117-1981Standard for Bouillons and ConsommésCCSB2015
CODEX STAN 53-1981Standard for Special Dietary Foods with Low-Sodium Content (Including Salt Substitutes)CCNFSDU1983
CODEX STAN 73-1981Standard for Canned Baby FoodsCCNFSDU2017
CODEX STAN 74-1981Standard for Processed Cereal-Based Foods for Infants and Young ChildrenCCNFSDU2017
CODEX STAN 118-1979Standard for Foods for Special Dietary Use for Persons Intolerant to GlutenCCNFSDU2015
CODEX STAN 156-1987Standard for Follow-up formulaCCNFSDU2017
CODEX STAN 180-1991Standard for Labelling of and Claims for Foods for Special Medical PurposesCCNFSDU1991
CODEX STAN 181-1991Standard for Formula Foods for Use in Weight Control DietsCCNFSDU1991
CODEX STAN 203-1995Standard for Formula Foods for Use in Very Low Energy Diets for Weight ReductionCCNFSDU1995
CAC/GL 8-1991Guidelines on Formulated Complementary Foods for Older Infants and Young ChildrenCCNFSDU2017
CAC/GL 9-1987General Principles for the Addition of Essential Nutrients to FoodsCCNFSDU2015
CODEX STAN 12-1981Standard for HoneyCCS2001
CODEX STAN 182-1993Standard for PineapplesCCFFV2011
CODEX STAN 183-1993Standard for PapayaCCFFV2011
CODEX STAN 184-1993Standard for MangoesCCFFV2005
CODEX STAN 185-1993Standard for NopalCCFFV2005
CODEX STAN 186-1993Standard for Prickly PearCCFFV2005
CODEX STAN 187-1993Standard for CarambolaCCFFV2005
CODEX STAN 188-1993Standard for Baby CornCCFFV2005
CODEX STAN 196-1995Standard for LitchiCCFFV2011
CODEX STAN 197-1995Standard for AvocadoCCFFV2013
CODEX STAN 163-1987Standard for Wheat Protein Products Including Wheat GlutenCCVP2001
CODEX STAN 174-1989General Standard for Vegetable Protein Products (VPP)CCVP1989
CODEX STAN 205-1997Standard for BananasCCFFV2005
CODEX STAN 204-1997Standard for MangosteensCCFFV2005
CAC/GL 55-2005Guidelines for Vitamin and Mineral Food SupplementsCCNFSDU2005
CODEX STAN 246-2005Standard for RambutanCCFFV2005
CODEX STAN 242-2003Standard for Canned Stone FruitsCCPFV2003
CODEX STAN 236-2003Standard for Boiled Dried Salted AnchoviesCCFFP2003
CODEX STAN 244-2004Standard for Salted Atlantic Herring and Salted SpratCCFFP2016
CODEX STAN 298R-2009Regional Standard for Fermented Soybean Paste (Asia)CCASIA2013
CODEX STAN 206-1999General Standard for the Use of Dairy TermsCCMMP1999
CODEX STAN 207-1999Standard for Milk Powders and Cream PowderCCMMP2016
CODEX STAN 208-1999Group Standard for Cheeses in BrineCCMMP2010
CODEX STAN 210-1999Standard for Named Vegetable OilsCCFO2017
CODEX STAN 211-1999Standard for Named Animal FatsCCFO2015
CODEX STAN 213-1999Standard for LimesCCFFV2011
CODEX STAN 214-1999Standard for Pummelos CCFFV2011
CODEX STAN 215-1999Standard for GuavasCCFFV2011
CODEX STAN 216-1999Standard for ChayotesCCFFV2011
CODEX STAN 217-1999Standard for Mexican LimesCCFFV2011
CODEX STAN 218-1999Standard for GingerCCFFV2005
CODEX STAN 219-1999Standard for Grapefruits CCFFV2011
CODEX STAN 220-1999Standard for LongansCCFFV2011
CAC/GL 23-1997Guidelines for Use of Nutrition and Health ClaimsCCFL2013
CODEX STAN 237-2003Standard for PitahayasCCFFV2011
CODEX STAN 238-2003Standard for Sweet CassavaCCFFV2013
CODEX STAN 245-2004Standard for OrangesCCFFV2011
CODEX STAN 241-2003Standard for Canned Bamboo ShootsCCPFV2015
CODEX STAN 240-2003Standard for Aqueous Coconut Products - Coconut Milk and Coconut CreamCCPFV2003
CODEX STAN 154-1985Standard for Whole Maize (Corn) MealCCCPL1995
CODEX STAN 250-2006Standard for a Blend of Evaporated Skimmed Milk and Vegetable FatCCMMP2010
CODEX STAN 251-2006Standard for a Blend of Skimmed Milk and Vegetable Fat in Powdered FormCCMMP2016
CODEX STAN 252-2006Standard for a Blend of Sweetened Condensed Skimmed Milk and Vegetable FatCCMMP2010
CODEX STAN 253-2006Standard for Dairy Fat SpreadsCCMMP2010
CODEX STAN 249-2006Standard for Instant NoodlesCCCPL2016
CAC/GL 32-1999Guidelines for the Production, Processing, Labelling and Marketing of Organically Produced FoodsCCFL2013
CODEX STAN 256-2007Standard for Fat Spreads and Blended SpreadsCCFO2017
CODEX STAN 257R-2007Regional Standard for Canned Humus with TehenaCCNE2007
CODEX STAN 258R-2007Regional Standard for Canned Foul MedamesCCNE2007
CODEX STAN 259R-2007Regional Standard for TehenaCCNE2007
CODEX STAN 72-1981Standard for Infant Formula and Formulas for Special Medical Purposes Intended for InfantsCCNFSDU2016
CODEX STAN 260-2007Standard for Pickled Fruits and VegetablesCCPFV2015
CODEX STAN 57-1981Standard for Processed Tomato ConcentratesCCPFV2017
CODEX STAN 307-2011Standard for Chilli PeppersCCFFV2011
CODEX STAN 304R-2011Regional Standard for Culantro Coyote (LAC)CCLAC2011
CODEX STAN 301R-2011Regional Standard for Edible Sago Flour (Asia)CCASIA2011
CODEX STAN 306R-2011Regional Standard for Chilli Sauce CCASIA2017
CODEX STAN 221-2001Group Standard for Unripened Cheese including Fresh CheeseCCMMP2013
CODEX STAN 222-2001Standard for Crackers from Marine and Freshwater Fish, Crustaceans and Molluscan ShellfishCCFFP2016
CODEX STAN 223-2001Standard for KimchiCCPFV2001
CODEX STAN 224-2001Standard for TanniaCCFFV2011
CODEX STAN 226-2001Standard for Cape GooseberryCCFFV2011
CODEX STAN 227-2001General Standard for Bottled/Packaged Drinking Waters (Other Than Natural Mineral Waters)CCNMW2001
CODEX STAN 243-2003Standard for Fermented MilksCCMMP2010
CODEX STAN 311-2013Standard for Smoked Fish, Smoke-Flavoured Fish and Smoke-Dried FishCCFFP2016
CODEX STAN 312-2013Standard for Live Abalone and for Raw Fresh Chilled or Frozen Abalone for Direct Consumption or for further ProcessingCCFFP2016
CODEX STAN 297-2009Standard for Certain Canned VegetablesCCPFV2015
CODEX STAN 296-2009Standard for Jams, Jellies and MarmaladesCCPFV2009
CODEX STAN 294R-2009Regional Standard for GochujangCCASIA2009
CODEX STAN 146-1985General Standard for the Labelling of and Claims for Prepackaged Foods for Special Dietary UsesCCFL2009
CAC/GL 10-1979Advisory Lists of Nutrient Compounds for Use in Foods for Special Dietary Uses intented for Infants and Young ChildrenCCNFSDU2015
CAC/GL 76-2011Compilation of Codex texts relevant to the labelling of foods derived from modern biotechnologyCCFL2011
CODEX STAN 302-2011Standard for Fish SauceCCFFP2013
CODEX STAN 308R-2011Regional Standard for Harissa (Red Hot Pepper Paste)CCNE2011
CODEX STAN 309R-2011Regional Standard for Halwa TeheniaCCNE2011
CODEX STAN 303-2011Standard for Tree TomatoesCCFFV2011
CODEX STAN 77-1981Standard for Quick Frozen SpinachCCPFV1981
CODEX STAN 78-1981Standard for Canned Fruit CocktailCCPFV1981
CODEX STAN 111-1981Standard for Quick Frozen CauliflowerCCPFV1981
CODEX STAN 112-1981Standard for Quick Frozen Brussels SproutsCCPFV1981
CODEX STAN 114-1981Standard for Quick Frozen French Fried PotatoesCCPFV1981
CODEX STAN 130-1981Standard for Dried ApricotsCCPFV1981
CODEX STAN 177-1991Standard for Desiccated CoconutCCPFV2011
CODEX STAN 70-1981Standard for Canned Tuna and BonitoCCFFP2016
CODEX STAN 94-1981Standard for Canned Sardines and Sardine-Type ProductsCCFFP2016
CODEX STAN 254-2007Standard for Certain Canned Citrus FruitsCCPFV2013
CODEX STAN 262-2006Standard for MozzarellaCCMMP2016
CODEX STAN 264-1966Standard for DanboCCMMP2013
CODEX STAN 265-1966Standard for EdamCCMMP2013
CODEX STAN 267-1966Standard for HavartiCCMMP2013
CODEX STAN 268-1966Standard for SamsøCCMMP2013
CODEX STAN 269-1967Standard for EmmentalCCMMP2013
CODEX STAN 273-1968Standard for Cottage CheeseCCMMP2016
CODEX STAN 274-1969Standard for CoulommiersCCMMP2010
CODEX STAN 275-1973Standard for Cream CheeseCCMMP2016
CODEX STAN 277-1973Standard for BrieCCMMP2010
CODEX STAN 247-2005General Standard for Fruit Juices and NectarsTFFJ2005
CAC/GL 1-1979General Guidelines on ClaimsCCFL2009
CAC/GL 24-1997General Guidelines for Use of the Term "Halal"CCFL1997
CODEX STAN 175-1989Standard for Soy Protein ProductsCCVP1989
CODEX STAN 170-1989Standard for Pearl Millet FlourCCCPL1995
CODEX STAN 212-1999Standard for SugarsCCS2001
CODEX STAN 225-2001Standard for AsparagusCCFFV2005
CODEX STAN 313R-2013Regional Standard for TempeCCASIA2017
CODEX STAN 314R-2013Regional Standard for Date Paste (Near East)CCNE2013
CODEX STAN 315-2014Standard for Fresh and Quick Frozen Raw Scallop ProductsCCFFP2017


39th Codex Nutrition Committee begins in Berlin

The Codex Committee on Nutrition and Foods for Special Dietary Uses (CCNFSDU) studies specific nutritional problems, drafts general provisions concerning the nutritional aspects of all foods and develops standards for foods for special dietary uses. The 39th meeting is taking place this week in Berlin, Germany attended by over 350 delegates from nearly 70 countries and over 30 international observer organizations. Opening the meeting, Parliamentary State Secretary Dr. Maria Flachsbarth underlined the continuing importance of the work of the committee in protecting [...]
04 December 2017