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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 2019 at the 42nd Codex Alimentarius Commission

  • 79 Guidelines
  • 54 Codes of Practice
  • 225 Standards (of which) 11General standards and 214 Commodity standards
  • 113 Maximum Levels (MLs) for contaminants in food covering 18 Contaminants
  • 596 MLs covering 376 food additives or groups of food additives
  • 5 663 Maximum Residue Limits (MRLs) and 63 Extraneous Maximum Residue Limits (EMRLs) for pesticide residues covering 231 Pesticides
  • 632 Maximum Residue Limits (MRLs) for residues of veterinary drugs in foods covering 79 veterinary drugs and Risk Management Recommendations (RMRs) for 13 veterinary drugs

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