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Codex Alimentarius

The Codex Alimentarius is a collection of internationally recognized standards, guidelines, codes of practice, and other recommendations relating to foods, food production, and food safety. The Codex Alimentarius is recognized by the World Trade Organization as an international reference point for the resolution of disputes concerning food safety and consumer protection.

Its name is derived from the Codex Alimentarius Austriacus. Its texts are developed and maintained by the Codex Alimentarius Commission, a body that was founded in early November 1961 by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), was joined by the World Health Organization (WHO) in June 1962.

Membership 187 members including EU
Codex observers 215 (intergovernmental organizations, NGOs, UNOs)

Codex's goals are

  • To protect the health of consumers and
  • Ensure fair practices in the international food trade.