Codex Alimentarius Forum

What Is the Codex Alimentarius?

Codex Alimentarius, the Latin phrase for Food Code, is an organization originally founded to regulate the world food trade and protect consumers. The official Codex purpose has been stated by its founders as being a commission interested in and focused on “protecting health of the consumers and ensuring fair trade practices in the food trade, and promoting coordination of all food standards work undertaken by international governmental and non-governmental organizations.” Codex is a conglomerate endeavor that itself is regulated by the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) and the World Health Organization (WHO).

Began in 1893, Codex Alimentarius was initially instituted as a regulatory overseer for cases involving illnesses and death caused by food related issues. Guidelines and mandates by which all food illness related cases would be measured were established and became known as Codex Alimentarius, which later grew into the joint venture that is present today. At present, the organization is still invested in monitoring food safety; however, it seems that the code is even more in favor of supporting big name companies and multinational interests than it is the people affected by poor food regulation.

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