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Title Codex Committee on Food Hygiene
Code CX-712
Sessions and documents

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Legal Framework
Article of Constitution

Rule XI-1 (b) of the Rules of Procedure of the Codex Alimentarius Commission.

Rules of Procedure

The Rules of Procedure of the Commission shall apply mutatis mutandis to its subsidiary bodies. (Rule XI.11)

Category Cat. 1
  • To draft basic provisions on food hygiene applicable to all food;
  • to consider, amend if necessary and endorse provisions on hygiene prepared by Codex commodity committees and contained in Codex commodity standards, and
  • to consider, amend if necessary, and endorse provisions on hygiene prepared by Codex commodity committees and contained in Codex codes of practice unless, in specific cases, the Commission has decided otherwise, or
  • to draft provisions on hygiene applicable to specific food items or food groups, whether coming within the terms of reference of a Codex commodity committee or not;
  • to consider specific hygiene problems assigned to it by the Commission;
  • to suggest and prioritize areas where there is a need for microbiological risk assessment at the international level and to develop questions to be addressed by the risk assessors; and,
  • to consider microbiological risk management matters in relation to food hygiene and in relation to the risk assessment of FAO and WHO.

(The term "hygiene" includes, where necessary, microbiological specifications for food and associated methodology.)


Open to all Members of the Commission

Languages English, French and Spanish
Document symbol CX/FH
Frequency of Sessions Every 12 to 18 months
Contact information/email

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Web site

CODEX Alimentarius

First Session May 1964
Pattern of sessions 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1988, 1989, 1991, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013