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

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

CXS 337-2020
Standard for fresh garlic

CXS 338-2020
Standard for kiwifruit

CXS 339-2020
Standard for ware potatoes

CXS 340-2020
Standard for yam

CXS 341R-2020
Regional Standard for mixed zaatar

CXA 6-2019
List of Codex Specifications for Food Additives

CXS 333-2019
Standard for Quinoa

CXC 79-2019
Code of Practice for the Reduction of 3-Monochloropropane-1,2- Diol Esters (3-MCPDEs) and Glycidyl Esters (GEs) in Refined Oils and Food Products Made With Refined Oils

CXG 92-2019
Guidelines for Rapid Risk Analysis Following Instances of Detection of Contaminants in Food where there is No Regulatory Level

CXS 330-2018
Standard for Aubergines

CXS 332R-2018
Regional Standard for Doogh

CXC 76R-2017
Regional Code of Hygienic Practice for Street-Vended Foods in Asia

CXC 77-2017
Code of Practice for the Prevention and Reduction of Arsenic Contamination in Rice

CXC 78-2017
Code of Practice for the Prevention and Reduction of Mycotoxins in Spices

CXS 329-2017
Standard for Fish Oils

CXS 325R-2017
Regional Standard for Unrefined Shea Butter

CXS 323R-2017
Regional Standard for Laver Products

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 Food Hygiene
Codex Committee on Fresh Fruits and Vegetables
Codex Committee on Contaminants in Foods
FAO/WHO Coordinating Committee for Europe

Executive Committee of the Codex Alimentarius Commission

Codex Committee on Pesticide Residues
Executive Committee of the Codex Alimentarius Commission

Codex Alimentarius Commission



CAC44 magazine Each year this annual report, in a captivating magazine format, records the work of the Codex Alimentarius from one Commission to the next.

The 2021 issue highlights the innovations led by the Codex Secretariat to ensure progress on international food-safety standard setting could continue. It tells the story, committee by committee of the commitment by all those involved who worked to ensure the 44th Codex Alimentarius Commission could go ahead and have more than 30 standards, guidelines and codes of practice to adopt.

I feel we have performed courageously, tirelessly and delivered a functioning prototype for days to come.

Tom Heilandt
Codex Secretary

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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]