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Good progress was made at the 37th session of Codex Alimentarius Commission which took place in Geneva from 14 to 18 July 2014.

A number of Codex Standards and related texts were adopted on matters related to food hygiene, contaminants, food additives, residues of veterinary drugs and pesticides in food, fish and fishery products and nutrition. Progress was also made in the area of food quality where several standards were adopted for a number of food commodities including fresh fruits and vegetables. The Codex Committee on Milk and Milk products was re-activated to work, by correspondence, to develop a Standard for Processed Cheese which is of great interest to some Codex member countries. The Codex Alimentarius Commission also approved a number of new work proposals, including an item on work management that will ensure Codex has the decision-making and governance structures in place to take on the inevitable food safety challenges that lie ahead. Having celebrated half a century of success at its 50th anniversary last year, it is important for Codex to continue to serve as the pre-eminent food safety standard-setting body well into the future.

This year, elections were also held for the posts of Codex Chair and Vice-chairs. The candidate from Switzerland, Ms Awilo Ochieng Pernet, was elected as Codex Chair with overwhelming support from the Codex membership. She will be supported in her new role by three Vice-chairs: Ms. Yayoi Tsujiyama from Japan, Mr. Guilherme Costa from Brazil and Dr. Mohamadou Sako from Mali– all of whom bring a long, rich and varied experience of Codex to their new posts.

The EU Codex Office looks forward to working with the new leadership of the organisation.


The Commission represents the EU in the Codex Alimentarius Commission and its bodies.

The 28 EU countries are all members of the Codex Alimentarius Commission. In 2003, the European Community joined, sharing competence with EU countries depending on the level of harmonisation of the respective legislation. Since the entry into force of the Lisbon Treaty on 1 December 2009, the EU replaced the European Community.

The EU and its Member States draw up EU position papers on the issues discussed in the Codex Alimentarius Commission, the various Codex Committees and Task Forces.

The Directorate-General Health & Consumers is the EU Codex contact point.

What does CODEX do?

The Codex Alimentarius Commission develops and adopts food standards that serve as reference for international food trade.

Some 185 countries are members and over 200 international NGOs and inter-governmental organisations are observers.

WTO members applying the Codex Alimentarius standards meet their obligations under the World Trade Organisation Agreement on Sanitary and Phyto-sanitary Measures (SPS Agreement).


  • Protect consumers' health;
  • Ensure fair practices in international food trade;
  • Coordinate all food standards work done by international governmental and non-governmental organisations.

Decision 2003/822/EC - Accession of the European Community to Codex & working procedure

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Full Name of Committee


Codex Alimentarius Commission


Codex Committee on Contaminants in Foods


FAO/WHO Coordinating Committee for Europe


Executive Committee of the Codex Alimentarius Commission


Codex Committee on Food Additives


Codex Committee on Fish and Fishery Products


Codex Committee on Fresh Fruit and Vegetables


Codex Committee on Food Hygiene


Codex Committee on Food Import and Export Inspection and Certification Systems


Codex Committee on Food Labelling


Codex Committee on Fats and Oils


Codex Committee on General Principles


Codex Committee on Methods of Analysis and Sampling


Codex Committee on Milk and Milk Products


Codex Committee on Nutrition and Foods for Special Dietary Uses


Codex Committee on Processed Fruits and Vegetables


Codex Committee on Pesticide Residues


Codex Committee on Residues of Veterinary Drugs in Foods


Codex Committee on Sugars

CCSCH Codex Committee on Spices and Culinary Herbs


ad hoc Intergovernmental Task Force on Animal Feeding


ad hoc Intergovernmental Task Force on Antimicrobial Resistance



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