International food standards (Codex Alimentarius)
The Codex Alimentarius Commission is a joint intergovernmental body of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and WHO with 186 Member States and one Member Organization (EU). Codex has worked since 1963 to create harmonized international food standards to protect the health of consumers and ensure fair trade practices.
WHO works on the provision of independent international scientific advice on microbiological and chemical hazards. Scientific advice is the basis for the development of international Food Standards by Codex.
South Sudan becomes 187th Codex Member
On 16 October 2015, Dr Makuei Malual Kaang - Undersecretary at the Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries Industry in Juba, South Sudan, signed the 'notification of membership form' which effectively makes South Sudan the 187th member of the Joint FAO/WHO Food Standards Programme: Codex Alimentarius.
The Global Initiative for Food-related Scientific Advice (GIFSA) has been established in 2007 to ensure sustainable funding of the FAO/WHO activities on the provision of scientific advice to the Codex Alimentarius Commission and Member Countries. Contributions are accepted from governments, organizations and foundations in accordance with WHO and FAO rules.