Codex Alimentarius

The Codex Alimentarius is a large collection of internationally recognized food standards and guidelines. These standards are devised and administered through the Codex Alimentarius Commission (CAC) and associated committees. This entry examines the evolution of the Codex, how the Codex works, and the standard-setting process.

The CAC is an intergovernmental organization jointly administered by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Health Organization (WHO). Member governments of the CAC negotiate and agree on international food standards. According to Article 1 of the Statutes of the Codex (CAC, 2010), the CAC is responsible for matters pertaining to the implementation of the Joint FAO/WHO Food Standards Programme and aims to protect the health of consumers and ensure fair practices in the food trade; promote coordination ...

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