Food safety

39th Session of the Codex Alimentarius Commission


188 Codex Members will be meeting at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Rome from 27 June to 1 July to adopt new international standards and guidelines. Highlights of the meeting will include decisions on the control of Salmonella in beef and pork, control of foodborne parasites, nutrition labelling, standards for food additives and pesticides residues (arsenic in rice) and future work of the Commission on antimicrobial resistance.

The Codex Alimentarius or "Food Code" was established by FAO and the World Health Organization in 1963 to develop harmonised international food standards, which protect consumer health and promote fair practices in food trade.


WHO-Chris Black

The Joint FAO/WHO Expert Committee on Food Additives (JECFA) celebrates this year its 60th anniversary. JECFA has been meeting since 1956, initially to evaluate the safety of food additives. JECFA’s work now includes the evaluation of contaminants, naturally occurring toxicants and residues of veterinary drugs in food.

JECFA is an international scientific expert committee administered jointly by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the World Health Organization.

All people need food, each and every day

Unsafe food causes many diseases, ranging from diarrhoeal diseases to various forms of cancer. A safe food supply supports economy, trade and tourism, contributes to food and nutrition security, and stimulates sustainable development.

WHO works to make food safe and nutritious all over the world.