THE CODEX ALIMENTARIUS
REVISED AND UPDATED
WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION
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.
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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