Food safety

39th Session of the Codex Alimentarius Commission

FAO/Roberto Sciotti
José Graziano da Silva, DG FAO

188 Codex Members gathered 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.

The new Codex Trust Fund, or CTF2, was officially launched on 27 June. The first countries in which implementation will take place under CTF2 are Ghana, Kyrgyzstan, Madagascar and Senegal. Many other countries submitted strong applications and will benefit from ongoing consultations with FAO/WHO to strengthen their applications prior to re-submission in subsequent rounds.


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.