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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 nutrient 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.

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CXS 107-1981General Standard for the Labelling of Food Additives when sold as suchCCFA2016
CXS 150-1985Standard for Food Grade SaltCCFA2012
CXS 106-1983General Standard for Irradiated FoodsCCFH2003
CXG 13-1991Guidelines for the Preservation of Raw Milk by Use of the Lactoperoxidase SystemCCMMP1991
CXS 1-1985General Standard for the Labelling of Prepackaged FoodsCCFL2018
CXG 2-1985Guidelines on Nutrition LabellingCCFL2017
CXA 4-1989Classification of Foods and Animal FeedsCCPR1993
CXS 151-1985Standard for GariCCCPL2019
CXS 152-1985Standard for Wheat FlourCCCPL2019
CXS 153-1985Standard for Maize (Corn)CCCPL2019
CXS 155-1985Standard for Degermed Maize (Corn) Meal and Maize (Corn) GritsCCCPL2019
CXS 169-1989Standard for Whole and Decorticated Pearl Millet GrainsCCCPL2019
CXS 171-1989Standard for Certain PulsesCCCPL1995
CXS 172-1989Standard for Sorghum GrainsCCCPL2019
CXS 173-1989Standard for Sorghum FlourCCCPL2019
CXS 176-1989Standard for Edible Cassava FlourCCCPL2019
CXS 178-1991Standard for Durum Wheat Semolina and Durum Wheat FlourCCCPL2019
CXS 198-1995Standard for RiceCCCPL2019
CXS 199-1995Standard for Wheat and Durum WheatCCCPL2019
CXS 200-1995Standard for PeanutsCCCPL2019
CXS 201-1995Standard for OatsCCCPL2019
CXS 202-1995Standard for CouscousCCCPL1995
CXS 86-1981Standard for Cocoa ButterCCCPC2016
CXS 87-1981Standard for Chocolate and Chocolate ProductsCCCPC2016
CXS 105-1981Standard for Cocoa powders (cocoas) and dry mixtures of cocoa and sugarsCCCPC2016
CXS 3-1981Standard for Canned SalmonCCFFP2013
CXS 36-1981Standard for Quick Frozen Finfish, Uneviscerated and Eviscerated CCFFP2017
CXS 37-1991Standard for Canned Shrimps or PrawnsCCFFP2018
CXS 90-1981Standard for Canned Crab MeatCCFFP2018
CXS 92-1981Standard for Quick Frozen Shrimps or PrawnsCCFFP2017
CXS 95-1981Standard for Quick Frozen LobstersCCFFP2017
CXS 119-1981Standard for Canned FinfishCCFFP2018
CXS 165-1989Standard for Quick Frozen Blocks of Fish Fillets, Minced Fish Flesh and Mixtures of Fillets and Minced Fish FleshCCFFP2017
CXS 166-1989Standard for Quick Frozen Fish Sticks (Fish Fingers), Fish Portions and Fish Fillets - Breaded or in BatterCCFFP2017
CXS 167-1989Standard for Salted Fish and Dried Salted Fish of the Gadidae Family of FishesCCFFP2018
CXS 189-1993Standard for Dried Shark FinsCCFFP1993
CXS 190-1995Standard for Quick Frozen Fish FilletsCCFFP2017
CXS 191-1995Standard for Quick Frozen Raw SquidCCFFP1995
CXS 141-1983Standard for Cocoa (Cacao) Mass (Cocoa/Chocolate Liquor) and Cocoa CakeCCCPC2016
CXS 19-1981Standard for Edible Fats and Oils not Covered by Individual StandardsCCFO2019
CXS 33-1981Standard for Olive Oils and Olive Pomace OilsCCFO2017
CXS 17-1981Standard for Canned ApplesauceCCPFV2017
CXS 38-1981Standard for Edible Fungi and Fungus ProductsCCPFV1981
CXS 39-1981Standard for Dried Edible FungiCCPFV1981
CXS 40R-1981Regional Standard for ChanterellesCCEURO1981
CXS 42-1981Standard for Canned PineappleCCPFV1987
CXS 60-1981Standard for Canned RaspberriesCCPFV1981
CXS 62-1981Standard for Canned StrawberriesCCPFV2019
CXS 66-1981Standard for Table OlivesCCPFV2013
CXS 67-1981Standard for RaisinsCCPFV2019
CXS 99-1981Standard for Canned Tropical Fruit SaladCCPFV2017
CXS 115-1981Standard for Pickled Cucumbers (Cucumber Pickles)CCPFV2017
CXS 131-1981Standard for Unshelled Pistachio NutsCCPFV1981
CXS 143-1985Standard for DatesCCPFV1985
CXS 88-1981Standard for Corned BeefCCPMPP2019
CXS 89-1981Standard for Luncheon MeatCCPMPP2019
CXS 96-1981Standard for Cooked Cured HamCCPMPP2019
CXS 97-1981Standard for Cooked Cured Pork ShoulderCCPMPP2019
CXS 98-1981Standard for Cooked Cured Chopped MeatCCPMPP2019
CXS 145-1985Standard for Canned Chestnuts and Canned Chestnut PuréeCCPFV2017
CXS 160-1987Standard for Mango ChutneyCCPFV1987
CXS 41-1981Standard for Quick Frozen PeasCCPFV2019
CXS 52-1981Standard for Quick Frozen StrawberriesCCPFV2019
CXS 69-1981Standard for Quick Frozen RaspberriesCCPFV2019
CXS 75-1981Standard for Quick Frozen PeachesCCPFV2019
CXS 76-1981Standard for Quick Frozen BilberriesCCPFV2019
CXS 103-1981Standard for Quick Frozen BlueberriesCCPFV2019
CXS 110-1981Standard for Quick Frozen BroccoliCCPFV1981
CXS 113-1981Standard for Quick Frozen Green and Wax BeansCCPFV1981
CXS 279-1971Standard for ButterCCMMP2018
CXS 280-1973Standard for Milkfat ProductsCCMMP2018
CXS 281-1971Standard for Evaporated MilksCCMMP2018
CXS 282-1971Standard for Sweetened Condensed MilksCCMMP2018
CXS 284-1971Standard for Whey CheesesCCMMP2018
CXS 288-1976Standard for Cream and Prepared CreamsCCMMP2018
CXS 289-1995Standard for Whey PowdersCCMMP2018
CXS 290-1995Standard for Edible Casein ProductsCCMMP2018
CXS 263-1966Standard for CheddarCCMMP2019
CXS 266-1966Standard for GoudaCCMMP2019
CXS 270-1968Standard for TilsiterCCMMP2019
CXS 271-1968Standard for Saint-PaulinCCMMP2019
CXS 272-1968Standard for ProvoloneCCMMP2019
CXS 276-1973Standard for CamembertCCMMP2019
CXS 278-1978Standard for Extra Hard Grating CheeseCCMMP2018
CXS 108-1981Standard for Natural Mineral WatersCCNMW2019
CXS 13-1981Standard for Preserved TomatoesCCPFV2017
CXS 117-1981Standard for Bouillons and ConsommésCCSB2015
CXS 53-1981Standard for Special Dietary Foods with Low-Sodium Content (Including Salt Substitutes)CCNFSDU2019
CXS 73-1981Standard for Canned Baby FoodsCCNFSDU2017
CXS 74-1981Standard for Processed Cereal-Based Foods for Infants and Young ChildrenCCNFSDU2017
CXS 118-1979Standard for Foods for Special Dietary Use for Persons Intolerant to GlutenCCNFSDU2015
CXS 156-1987Standard for Follow-up formulaCCNFSDU2017
CXS 180-1991Standard for Labelling of and Claims for Foods for Special Medical PurposesCCNFSDU1991
CXS 181-1991Standard for Formula Foods for Use in Weight Control DietsCCNFSDU1991
CXS 203-1995Standard for Formula Foods for Use in Very Low Energy Diets for Weight ReductionCCNFSDU1995
CXG 8-1991Guidelines on Formulated Complementary Foods for Older Infants and Young ChildrenCCNFSDU2017
CXG 9-1987General Principles for the Addition of Essential Nutrients to FoodsCCNFSDU2015
CXS 12-1981Standard for HoneyCCS2019
CXS 182-1993Standard for PineapplesCCFFV2011
CXS 183-1993Standard for PapayaCCFFV2011
CXS 184-1993Standard for MangoesCCFFV2005
CXS 185-1993Standard for NopalCCFFV2005
CXS 186-1993Standard for Prickly PearCCFFV2005
CXS 187-1993Standard for CarambolaCCFFV2005
CXS 188-1993Standard for Baby CornCCFFV2005
CXS 196-1995Standard for LitchiCCFFV2011
CXS 197-1995Standard for AvocadoCCFFV2013
CXS 163-1987Standard for Wheat Protein Products Including Wheat GlutenCCVP2001
CXS 174-1989General Standard for Vegetable Protein Products (VPP)CCVP2019
CXS 205-1997Standard for BananasCCFFV2005
CXS 204-1997Standard for MangosteensCCFFV2005
CXG 55-2005Guidelines for Vitamin and Mineral Food SupplementsCCNFSDU2005
CXS 246-2005Standard for RambutanCCFFV2005
CXS 242-2003Standard for Canned Stone FruitsCCPFV2017
CXS 236-2003Standard for Boiled Dried Salted AnchoviesCCFFP2003
CXS 244-2004Standard for Salted Atlantic Herring and Salted SpratCCFFP2018
CXS 298R-2009Regional Standard for Fermented Soybean Paste (Asia)CCASIA2013
CXS 206-1999General Standard for the Use of Dairy TermsCCMMP1999
CXS 207-1999Standard for Milk Powders and Cream PowderCCMMP2018
CXS 208-1999Group Standard for Cheeses in BrineCCMMP2018
CXS 210-1999Standard for Named Vegetable OilsCCFO2019
CXS 211-1999Standard for Named Animal FatsCCFO2019
CXS 213-1999Standard for LimesCCFFV2011
CXS 214-1999Standard for Pummelos CCFFV2011
CXS 215-1999Standard for GuavasCCFFV2011
CXS 216-1999Standard for ChayotesCCFFV2011
CXS 217-1999Standard for Mexican LimesCCFFV2011
CXS 218-1999Standard for GingerCCFFV2005
CXS 219-1999Standard for Grapefruits CCFFV2011
CXS 220-1999Standard for LongansCCFFV2011
CXG 23-1997Guidelines for Use of Nutrition and Health ClaimsCCFL2013
CXS 237-2003Standard for PitahayasCCFFV2011
CXS 238-2003Standard for Sweet CassavaCCFFV2013
CXS 245-2004Standard for OrangesCCFFV2011
CXS 241-2003Standard for Canned Bamboo ShootsCCPFV2015
CXS 240-2003Standard for Aqueous Coconut Products - Coconut Milk and Coconut CreamCCPFV2003
CXS 154-1985Standard for Whole Maize (Corn) MealCCCPL2019
CXS 250-2006Standard for a Blend of Evaporated Skimmed Milk and Vegetable FatCCMMP2018
CXS 251-2006Standard for a Blend of Skimmed Milk and Vegetable Fat in Powdered FormCCMMP2018
CXS 252-2006Standard for a Blend of Sweetened Condensed Skimmed Milk and Vegetable FatCCMMP2018
CXS 253-2006Standard for Dairy Fat SpreadsCCMMP2018
CXS 249-2006Standard for Instant NoodlesCCCPL2019
CXG 32-1999Guidelines for the Production, Processing, Labelling and Marketing of Organically Produced FoodsCCFL2013
CXS 256-2007Standard for Fat Spreads and Blended SpreadsCCFO2019
CXS 257R-2007Regional Standard for Canned Humus with TehenaCCNE2007
CXS 258R-2007Regional Standard for Canned Foul MedamesCCNE2007
CXS 259R-2007Regional Standard for TehenaCCNE2007
CXS 72-1981Standard for Infant Formula and Formulas for Special Medical Purposes Intended for InfantsCCNFSDU2016
CXS 260-2007Standard for Pickled Fruits and VegetablesCCPFV2017
CXS 57-1981Standard for Processed Tomato ConcentratesCCPFV2017
CXS 307-2011Standard for Chilli PeppersCCFFV2011
CXS 304R-2011Regional Standard for Culantro Coyote (LAC)CCLAC2011
CXS 301R-2011Regional Standard for Edible Sago Flour (Asia)CCASIA2011
CXS 306R-2011Regional Standard for Chilli Sauce CCASIA2017
CXS 221-2001Group Standard for Unripened Cheese including Fresh CheeseCCMMP2018
CXS 222-2001Standard for Crackers from Marine and Freshwater Fish, Crustaceans and Molluscan ShellfishCCFFP2018
CXS 223-2001Standard for KimchiCCPFV2017
CXS 224-2001Standard for TanniaCCFFV2011
CXS 226-2001Standard for Cape GooseberryCCFFV2011
CXS 227-2001General Standard for Bottled/Packaged Drinking Waters (Other Than Natural Mineral Waters)CCNMW2019
CXS 243-2003Standard for Fermented MilksCCMMP2018
CXS 311-2013Standard for Smoked Fish, Smoke-Flavoured Fish and Smoke-Dried FishCCFFP2018
CXS 312-2013Standard for Live Abalone and for Raw Fresh Chilled or Frozen Abalone for Direct Consumption or for further ProcessingCCFFP2016
CXS 297-2009Standard for Certain Canned VegetablesCCPFV2015
CXS 296-2009Standard for Jams, Jellies and MarmaladesCCPFV2017
CXS 294R-2009Regional Standard for GochujangCCASIA2009
CXS 146-1985General Standard for the Labelling of and Claims for Prepackaged Foods for Special Dietary UsesCCFL2009
CXG 10-1979Advisory Lists of Nutrient Compounds for Use in Foods for Special Dietary Uses intended for Infants and Young ChildrenCCNFSDU2015
CXG 76-2011Compilation of Codex texts relevant to the labelling of foods derived from modern biotechnologyCCFL2011
CXS 302-2011Standard for Fish SauceCCFFP2018
CXS 308R-2011Regional Standard for Harissa (Red Hot Pepper Paste)CCNE2011
CXS 309R-2011Regional Standard for Halwa TeheniaCCNE2011
CXS 303-2011Standard for Tree TomatoesCCFFV2011
CXS 77-1981Standard for Quick Frozen SpinachCCPFV1981
CXS 78-1981Standard for Canned Fruit CocktailCCPFV2017
CXS 111-1981Standard for Quick Frozen CauliflowerCCPFV1981
CXS 112-1981Standard for Quick Frozen Brussels SproutsCCPFV1981
CXS 114-1981Standard for Quick Frozen French Fried PotatoesCCPFV1981
CXS 130-1981Standard for Dried ApricotsCCPFV1981
CXS 177-1991Standard for Desiccated CoconutCCPFV2011
CXS 70-1981Standard for Canned Tuna and BonitoCCFFP2018
CXS 94-1981Standard for Canned Sardines and Sardine-Type ProductsCCFFP2018
CXS 254-2007Standard for Certain Canned Citrus FruitsCCPFV2013
CXS 262-2006Standard for MozzarellaCCMMP2019
CXS 264-1966Standard for DanboCCMMP2019
CXS 265-1966Standard for EdamCCMMP2019
CXS 267-1966Standard for HavartiCCMMP2019
CXS 268-1966Standard for SamsøCCMMP2019
CXS 269-1967Standard for EmmentalCCMMP2019
CXS 273-1968Standard for Cottage CheeseCCMMP2018
CXS 274-1969Standard for CoulommiersCCMMP2019
CXS 275-1973Standard for Cream CheeseCCMMP2018
CXS 277-1973Standard for BrieCCMMP2019
CXS 247-2005General Standard for Fruit Juices and NectarsTFFJ2005
CXG 1-1979General Guidelines on ClaimsCCFL2009
CXG 24-1997General Guidelines for Use of the Term "Halal"CCFL1997
CXS 175-1989Standard for Soy Protein ProductsCCVP2019
CXS 170-1989Standard for Pearl Millet FlourCCCPL2019
CXS 212-1999Standard for SugarsCCS2019
CXS 225-2001Standard for AsparagusCCFFV2005
CXS 313R-2013Regional Standard for TempeCCASIA2017
CXS 314R-2013Regional Standard for Date Paste (Near East)CCNE2013
CXS 315-2014Standard for Fresh and Quick Frozen Raw Scallop ProductsCCFFP2017

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