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Codex Alimentarius

The Codex Alimentarius Commission was created in 1963 by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the World Health Organization (WHO) to develop food standards, guidelines and related texts such as codes of practice under the Joint FAO/WHO Food Standards Programme.

Codex Alimentarius, or “the Food Code”, is the global reference on food standards for governments, the food industry, trade operators and consumers. The main objectives of Codex are protecting the health of consumers, ensuring fair practices in the food trade, and promoting coordination of all normative work on food undertaken by international governmental and non-governmental organizations. Codex safety standards are benchmark standards under the World Trade Organization Sanitary and Phytosanitary (WTO/SPS) agreements, and also serve as point of reference for the WTO Technical Barriers to Trade (WTO/TBT) agreement for issues not related to food safety.

Codex has developed several standards on poultry products as well as standards on food labelling, methods of analysis and sampling, food imports and exports, and certification systems that apply to all food products (including poultry and poultry products), such as:

Updated in November 2019