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FAO, WHO and WTO emphasize the importance of harmonization of national food safety requirements with Codex standards


Following the International Forum on Food Safety and Trade, held at the WTO, in Geneva, Switzerland, on 23-24 April 2019, with the support of FAO and WHO, a joint statement from the three organizations has highlighted the valuable work of the Codex Alimentarius.

As global trade in food products expands and value chains become more complex, the development of international food safety standards for application at domestic levels and in international trade has become more important than ever before.  Consumers have the right to expect that both locally produced and imported food are safe.

The joint statement also underlines how the WTO Agreements on the Application of Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures (SPS), on Technical Barriers to Trade and on Trade Facilitation contribute to economic development by removing unnecessary barriers to trade in food. Codex standards are referenced in the SPS Agreement recognising that food safety measures based on scientific principles and on Codex Alimentarius standards ensure optimal health protection and facilitate safe trade. As consumer needs and perceptions change and with ever-evolving food systems and trade practices, the role of Codex is “more crucial than ever and the importance of its work is increasing”, the statement continues.

FAO, WHO and WTO express their commitment to supporting the standard-setting work of the Codex Alimentarius Commission so it continues playing its critical role and can adapt to changes in technology and trade, and invite Members to continue engaging in Codex work to keep standards relevant and up-to-date. The organizations are also commited to supporting developing countries to enhance their capacity to engage effectively in Codex, and also look to Members and donors to continue contributing to the FAO/WHO Codex Trust Fund.


Read the full statement on the Future of Food Safety Conference website.