UNDERSTANDING

THE CODEX ALIMENTARIUS

REVISED AND UPDATED

 

WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION
FOOD AND AGRICULTURE ORGANIZATION OF THE UNITED NATIONS
Rome , 2005


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The Codex Alimentarius is a collection of international food standards that have been adopted by the Codex Alimentarius Commission. Codex standards cover all the main foods, whether processed, semi-processed or raw. In addition, materials used in the further processing of food products are included to the extent necessary for achieving the principal objectives of the code protecting the health of consumers and facilitating fair practices in the food trade. Codex provisions concern the hygienic and nutritional quality of food, including microbiological norms, food additives, pesticide and veterinary drug residues, contaminants, labelling and presentation, and methods of sampling and risk analysis. As well as individual standards, advisory codes of practice, guidelines and other recommended measures form an important part of the overall food code. The Codex Alimentarius can safely claim to be the most important international reference point in matters concerning food quality. Its creation, moreover, has generated food-related scientific research and greatly increased the world community's awareness of the vital issues at stake food quality, safety and public health.


Contents

PREFACE

THE CODEX ACHIEVEMENT

ORIGINS OF THE CODEX ALIMENTARIUS

WHAT IS THE CODEX ALIMENTARIUS?

THE CODEX SYSTEM: THE CODEX ALIMENTARIUS COMMISSION AND HOW IT WORKS

CODEX AND SCIENCE

CODEX AND CONSUMERS

CODEX AND THE INTERNATIONAL FOOD TRADE

MORE THAN CODEX: FAO, WHO AND WIDER PARTNERSHIPS

CODEX AND THE FUTURE39ABBREVIATIONSCONTENTS


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