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Joint FAO-WHO Codex Alimentarius Committee sets new food safety standards
16 July 2014, Geneva - UN food standards body, the Codex Alimentarius Commission, this week adopted new standards to protect consumer health worldwide, including setting out maximum acceptable levels of lead in infant formula and of arsenic in rice. Jointly run by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Health Organization (WHO), the Codex Alimentarius Commission sets international food safety and quality standards to promote safer and more nutritious food for consumers worldwide. Codex standards serve in many cases as a basis for national legislation, and provide the food safety benchmarks for international food trade. The annual meeting this week was attended by representatives from 170 countries and the European Union, as well as 30 international governmental and non-governmental organizations.

FAO’s Fiona Winward is in Geneva to bring us some of the highlights from the new standards adopted this week. She is speaking with Tom Heilandt and Annamaria Bruno from the Codex Alimentarius Secretariat.
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Topic(s): Agriculture & crops, Food production & stocks, Food safety & consumer protection, Food Security, Nutrition
Produced by: FAO
Reference: 10605