Protecting consumer health with Codex Alimentarius


Browse through a selection of FAO’s publications on food safety, highlighting the pivotal role of Codex Alimentarius in protecting consumer health and facilitating the international food trade.

CODEX 2021 – A year of virtual reality
This publication captures the advances in international food safety standard setting during the pandemic with testimony from within Codex and its parent organizations FAO/WHO, experts, Codex Members and Observers and the range of global stakeholders who operate within Codex to ensure safe food and facilitate fair practices in the food trade.

Codex and the SDGs
This document explains how Codex work supports countries in achieving the SDGs within the wider framework of the 2030 Agenda, highlighting how the Codex Trust Fund helps developing and transition economy countries to build food safety capacity. 

Code of Practice for Fish and Fishery Products
This updated version delivers key technical guidance on the harvesting, processing, transport and sale of fish and fishery products and is an essential reference point for both small and large-scale operators. New guidance developed in the Codex Committee on Food Hygiene is now included in the code, including how to minimize the risk of histamine build-up in fish and fishery products at key steps in the food chain.

World Food Safety Day 2021 – Overview of festivity and creativity
With a theme of ‘Safe food now for a heathy tomorrow’, World Food Safety Day (7 June 2021) focused on the immediate and long-term benefits of producing and consuming safe food. It was a day to remember that food safety is part of food security and good health.

Implementation Report - Codex Strategic Plan 2014–2019
Structured around four goals, the plan serves to guide Codex work towards more effective communication and efficient practices that promote robust, inclusive, transparent and collaborative food standards setting. This implementation report examines the achievements of the Strategic Plan 2014-2019.

Food safety and COVID-19-related resources

Further reading