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Codex Alimentarius Commission

The role of IFEH in the work of the Codex Alimentarius Commission 

Since 2002 the Federation has had Observer status with the Commission. This has involved IFEH receiving from the Commission all proposals that that body and its constituent committees, working groups and task forces have to consider. This gives IFEH an opportunity to comment on proposals for changes to food standards, etc before they are introduced into the legal framework. 

To date, IFEH has delegated its Europe Group (now EFEH) to act in its interests with Codex and, in turn the German Association of Food Controllers (Bundesverband der Lebensmittel Kontolleure BVLK) volunteered to take responsibility for commenting on documents emanating from the Commission on behalf of EFEH.


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The Codex Alimentarius Commission was created in 1963 by FAO and WHO to develop food standards, guidelines and related texts such as codes of practice under the Joint FAO/WHO Food Standards Programme. The main purposes of this Programme are 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