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CXG 95-2022
Guidelines for ready-to-use therapeutic foods (RUTF)

CXS 348-2022
Standard for Onions and Shallots

CXS 349-2022
Standard for Berry Fruits

CXC 81-2022
Code of Practice for the Prevention and Reduction of Cadmium Contamination in Cocoa Beans

CXG 97-2022
Guidelines for the Recognition of Active Substances or Authorized Uses of Active Substances of Low Public Health Concern that are Considered Exempted from the Establishment of Maximum Residue Limits or do not give rise to Residues

CXG 96-2022
Guidelines on the Management of Biological Foodborne Outbreaks

CXG 98-2022
Guidelines for Developing Harmonized Food Safety Legislation for the CCAFRICA Region

CXS 352-2022
Standard for Dried Seeds – Nutmeg

CXS 350R-2022
Regional Standard for Dried Meat

CXS 353-2022
Standard for Dried or Dehydrated Chilli Pepper and Paprika

CXA 6-2021
List of Codex Specifications for Food Additives

CXG 93-2021
Principles and Guidelines for the assessment and use of voluntary third-party assurance programmes

CXS 342-2021
Standard for Dried Oregano

CXS 343-2021
Standard for dried roots, rhizomes and bulbs: Dried or dehydrated ginger

CXS 344-2021
Standard for dried floral parts: Cloves

CXS 345-2021
Standard for Dried Basil

CXS 346-2021
General Standard for the labelling of non-retail containers of foods

CXG 94-2021
Guidelines on integrated monitoring and surveillance of foodborne antimicrobial resistance

CXC 80-2020
Code of Practice on Food Allergen Management for Food Business Operators

CXS 334R-2020
Regional Standard for fermented cooked Cassava-based products

CXS 335R-2020
Regional Standard for fresh leaves of Gnetum spp.

CXS 336R-2020
Regional Standard for kava products for use as a beverage when mixed with water

Protecting health, facilitating trade

What is the Codex Alimentarius?

The Codex Alimentarius, or "Food Code" is a collection of standards, guidelines and codes of practice adopted by the Codex Alimentarius Commission. The Commission, also known as CAC, is the central part of the Joint FAO/WHO Food Standards Programme and was established by FAO and WHO to protect consumer health and promote fair practices in food trade. It held its first meeting in 1963. [... more]

Why do we need Codex standards?

Codex standards ensure that food is safe and can be traded. The 188 Codex members have negotiated science based recommendations in all areas related to food safety and quality. Codex food safety texts are a reference in WTO trade disputes. [... more]

Codex and...

 Animal Feed

Good animal feeding plays a vital role in animal health & welfare and in the production of safe and quality products of animal origin.

 Antimicrobial resistance

Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is a major global threat of increasing concern to human and animal health. It also has implications for both food safety and food security and the economic well being of millions of farming households.


While there is little controversy about many aspects of biotechnology and its application, genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are often the target of very intensive debate.


Contaminants are chemical substances that have not been intentionally added to food or feed and may pose a risk to animal and human health.

Nutrition & Labelling

The food label is one of the most important tools consumers can use to make informed choices about healthy and safe foods.


Pesticides with public health uses are intended to limit the potential for disease. By their nature, many pesticides may pose some risk to humans, animals, or the environment.

Scientific Approach

Codex committees, when developing standards, need to analyze risk. Independent scientific advice is provided to Codex by expert bodies organized by FAO/WHO. These bodies also give direct advice to Member Governments. [... more]

Sound Science

Upcoming Meetings

Codex Committee on Spices and Culinary Herbs
Kochi, Kerala
Codex Committee on Fats and Oils
Kuala Lumpur
Codex Committee on Food Hygiene
Codex Committee on Contaminants in Foods
Panama City
Codex Committee on Food Additives

Codex Committee on Methods of Analysis and Sampling
FAO/WHO Coordinating Committee for Europe
Codex Committee on Pesticide Residues



The Procedural Manual (PM) of the Codex Alimentarius Commission sets out the basic Rules of Procedure, procedures for the elaboration of Codex standards and related texts, and basic definitions and guidelines for the operation of Codex committees. The PM helps national delegations and international organizations attending as observers, participate effectively in the work of Codex.


Updates to this edition include: amendments to the section on commodity standards dealing with non-retail containers, text on committees working by correspondence, and a new annex on extrapolation of maximum residue limits of veterinary drugs.




An important step forward and a great gift for the 60th anniversary of the Codex Alimentarius Commission!

Jean-Luc Angot, France
Chairperson Codex Committee on General Principles

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Codex and SDGs

On September 25th 2015, countries adopted a set of goals to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all. How is Codex working to achieve these goals? [... more]