The world's Food Safety System as Standard Body Praised for Consumers

Posted By Sushma  On July 14

On the 50th anniversary celebrations of Codex Alimentarius, the world top food standard body consumer protection and fair practices in international food trade. The director of FAO and WHO and national governments united admire for its benefits.

On the annual meeting the Codex Alimentarius Commission WHO Director General told “They are internationally recognized as the best, at every point along the food chain.” In meeting she also told that and FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva told the assembly: “The Codex Alimentarius is as relevant today as when it was created. Codex helps to improve access to healthy, nutritious food, and provid
es standards to guide people who depend directly on agriculture and the food system for their livelihoods.”   “Food safety is also important to FAO’s global goal of eradicating hunger and malnutrition, since people cannot be food secure, if their food is not safe,” he said.

Codex Alimentarius (Latin for food code) is a collection of international food standards, guidelines and codes of practice aiming at protecting the health of consumers and ensuring fair practices in food trade. Harmonized standards help remove barriers to trade and allow freer movement of food between countries while protecting the health of consumers.

Codex has established more than 200 food standards and more than 100 guidelines and codes of practice for food production and processing. Maximum permissible levels have been established for thousands of food additives, contaminants, pesticides and veterinary drug residues.

FAO and WHO carry out capacity development programmes that promotes effective participation of developing countries to ensure that the 185 member cou
tries of Codex all have a voice in the standard setting process. The Codex Trust Fund has over the last 10 years also provided capacity building as well as financial support for travel to those members who need it.

He said he could envision a world where trade barriers were removed and “Codex Alimentarius will be the global blueprint for free and fair global practice.” For more detail visit to

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