Academic journal article Central European Journal of Public Health

Commission on International Food Standards Met in Geneva

Academic journal article Central European Journal of Public Health

Commission on International Food Standards Met in Geneva

Article excerpt

The 3 1st Session ofthe Codex Alimentarius Commission held its annual meeting in Geneva.

The Commission is an intergovernmental body, jointly established in 1963 by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the World Health Organization (WHO), that sets international food standards to protect the health of consumers and ensure fair trade practices in the food trade.

Whether establishing new standards such as safe limits for food additives, contaminants, pesticides or veterinary drugs residues, recommending how to assess the risks of genetically modified foods or defining the commercial quality of fresh or produced products: The Codex Alimentarius Commission deals with all of food safety and quality - from producer to consumer. The results of its work form the international food safety standard, Codex Alimentarius (Latin for "food code"). These standards, when introduced in national legislation, contribute to the safety of our foods.

One of the over thirty texts to be adopted this year, the Code of Hygienic Practice for Powdered Formulae for Infants and Young Children, aims at protecting the most vulnerable of consumers: infants and small children who for any reason cannot be breastfed. …

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