What is the Codex Alimentarius?

The Codex Alimentarius or "Food Code" was established by FAO and the World Health Organization in 1963 to develop harmonised international food standards, which protect consumer health and promote fair practices in food trade. Read more ...

Recent Codex Standards

STAN-319 Canned Fruits
STAN-320 Quick Frozen Vegetables
STAN-321 Ginseng Products
CAC/GL-86 Guidelines for Trichinella
CAC/GL-2 Nutrition Labelling

What are the benefits of Codex Standards?

Codex standards ensure that food is safe and can be traded. The 186 Codex members have negotiated science based recommendations in all areas related to food safety and quality: food hygiene; maximum limits for food additives; residues of pesticides and veterinary drugs; and maximum limits and codes for the prevention of chemical and microbiological contamination. Codex food safety texts are a reference in WTO trade disputes. Read more...

Upcoming Meetings

CCFFV19 Fresh Fruits & Vegetables: Mexico 5-9 Oct.
CCFFP34 Fish & Fishery Products: Norway 19-24 Oct.
CCFH47 Food Hygiene: USA 9-13 Nov.
CCNFSDU37 Nutrition & Special Dietary Uses: Germany 23-27 Nov.
Updated on: 05-10-2015
Improving access to meeting documents
2 Oct 2015 - 
New pages go live On 1st October the Codex Secretariat published a new version of the  [...]
2015 Commission Report published in all languages
1 Oct 2015 - 
The Final Report of the 38th Session of the Codex Alimentarius Commission has now been  [...]
2015 Joint FAO/WHO meeting on pesticide residues
28 Sep 2015 - 
Geneva, 15-24 September The Joint FAO/WHO meeting on pesticide residues (JMPR) is an international expert scientific  [...]
Workshop on food safety to improve public health and international trade
16 Sep 2015 - 
17-18 September 2015, St. Petersburg, Russian Federation Globalization and increased regional trade among countries of the  [...]
FAO Regional Training Workshop in Tokyo
9 Sep 2015 - 
Enhancing Effective Participation in Codex Activities in ASEAN Countries Tokyo, 8-11 September 2015 The FAO Regional Training  [...]