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 187 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

CCFICS22 Inspection & Certification: Melbourne 6-12 Feb. 2016
CCMAS37 Methods of Analysis and Sampling: Budapest 22-26 Feb. 2016
CCFFA48 Food Additives: China 14-18 Mar. 2016
CCCF10 Contaminants in Foods: Rotterdam 4-8 April 2016
CCGP30 General Principles: Paris 11-15 April 2016
CCPR48 Pesticide Residues: TBA 25-29 April 2016

Latest video

Food Composition Data


Discover how Codex texts work together to guarantee food safety and ensure fair practices in food trade.

Go to Thematic Compilations
Mis à jour: 28-11-2015
Food Hygiene progresses with work on Salmonella in Beef and Pork
20 Nov 2015 - 
The Codex Committee on Food Hygiene (CCFH) was established in 1964 to draft basic provisions [...]
24th Edition of Codex Procedural Manual published
16 Nov 2015 - 
The Procedural Manual of the Codex Alimentarius Commission describes the legal foundations and practical functioning [...]
Outcome of 34th Codex Fish Committee meeting
9 Nov 2015 - 
The Codex Committee on Fish and Fishery Products (CCFFP) was established in 1966 to elaborate [...]
Codex attending OIE Animal Production Food Safety Working Group
4 Nov 2015 - 
The Codex Secretariat is currently attending the 15th meeting of the Animal Production Food Safety [...]
Codex filming in Lebanon
1 Nov 2015 - 
A camera crew from Flooded Cellar are currently in Lebanon making a video for Codex [...]