Codex Alimentarius Commission

The Codex Alimentarius Commission (CAC) has created and promulgated a regulatory scheme that guides the food-related operations of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations and the World Health Organization (WHO). This body of food standards, as well as the related regulations and procedures, forms the Codex Alimentarius (Food Law). The two organizations, the FAO and the WHO, instituted the commission in 1963. The Codex is an attempt to codify food standards that can apply universally in developed nations as well as in developing ones. It must also take cultural, religious, and other practices into consideration. This entry describes the activities of the CAC. It begins with a discussion of the purposes of the Codex.

The Codex states three guiding purposes for ...

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