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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

FAO/WHO Coordinating Committee for Africa
Codex Committee on Spices and Culinary Herbs
FAO/WHO Coordinating Committee for Asia

FAO/WHO Coordinating Committee for Latin America and the Caribbean
Executive Committee of the Codex Alimentarius Commission

Codex Alimentarius Commission

Codex Committee on Food Hygiene
San Diego
United States of America
FAO/WHO Coordinating Committee for North America and South West Pacific



This timely new compendium of Codex texts to support countries in the fight against foodborne antimicrobial resistance (AMR) brings together more than a decade of Codex work on the topic and illustrates how fundamental approaches like Risk Analysis and One Health are to addressing complex issue such as that posed by foodborne antimicrobial resistance.


In addition to being a convenient reference for food safety professionals, this publication represents in a very tangible way the vision of a suite of Codex texts to address foodborne AMR.  From integrated monitoring and surveillance as inputs to risk assessment to risk management and risk communication, it covers the cycle of risk analysis for foodborne AMR.



We will not have made a difference, we will not have delivered an impact until the ... texts on AMR are communicated, understood, implemented and used.

Steve Wearne
Chairperson Codex Alimentarius Commission

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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]