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Codex Alimentarius Commission
The Codex Alimentarius Commission is the international organization created by the United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization and World Health Organization to develop food standards, guidelines and other texts under the Joint FAO/WHO Food Standards Programme to protect the health of consumers and ensure fair practices in food trade. As a nongovernment organization with observer status IFT participates in meetings of select Codex committees and task forces, represented by IFT Codex Subject Experts.

Codex Meeting Reports

Joint FAO/WHO Expert Committee on Food Additives (JECFA)
JECFA is an international expert scientific committee administered jointly by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the World Health Organization (WHO). JECFA serves as an independent scientific committee which performs risk assessments on food additives, contaminants, naturally occurring toxicants and residues of veterinary drugs in food and provides advice for the Codex Alimentarius Commission and its specialist committees.

JECFA Meeting Report

Joint FAO/WHO Expert Consultations
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and World Health Organization (WHO) convene expert consultations, the outcome of which is independent scientific expert advice to the Commission and its specialist committees and task forces.

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
With the mandate of raising levels of nutrition, improving agricultural productivity, bettering the lives of rural populations, and contributing to the growth of the world economy, FAO serves as a knowledge network, shares policy expertise, provides a neutral meeting forum for nations, and brings technical knowledge to the field.

World Health Organization
As the directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations, WHO provides leadership on global health matters, shapes the health research agenda, sets norms and standards, articulates evidence-based policy options, provides technical support to countries, and monitors and assesses health trends.

European Food Safety Authority

The EFSA is a scientific risk assessment body of the European Union, providing scientific advice on food and feed safety, nutrition, animal health, plant protection, and plant health. Select reports are provided below.

Food Chemicals Codex
The FCC is a compendium of internationally recognized standards for the authenticity, purity and identity of food ingredients. The compendium features about 1,100 monographs, including food-grade chemicals, processing aids, foods, flavoring agents, vitamins, and functional food ingredients, as well as informational chapters to aid the analyst on topics such as adulteration, analytical methods and more. The FCC plays a key role in safeguarding commerce and public health by providing essential criteria and analytical methods to authenticate and determine the quality of food ingredients. FCC standards are beneficial to all players in the food industry as agreed standards between suppliers and manufacturers aid in distinguishing genuine products from inferior or adulterated ingredients and substances, thereby helping to make the food supply chain safer and assuring consumers of the quality of the food products they eat. International Organization for Standardization
ISO develops and publishes international standards relating to, in the food system, topics including food ingredients, food safety and quality, and nanotechnology through a network of national member standards institutes of 162 countries.

Other Organizations
Canadian Food Inspection Agency

European Commission

Food Standards Australia New Zealand

French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety

Health Canada

New Zealand Government

U.K. Food Standards Agency

Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development


JECFA Calls for Data

The Joint FAO/WHO Expert Committee on Food Additives and Contaminants (JECFA) will evaluate or re-evaluate several food additives and contaminants at its 80th meeting in June 2015, and has requested toxicological, technological, intake assessment, and/or occurrence data. The additives that will be considered are: benzoates; beta-glucanase, cellulase, and xylanase from Talaromyces emersonii; beta-glucanase and xylanase from Disporotrichum dimorphosporum; lipase from Fusarium heterosporum expressed in Hansenula polymorpha; magnesium stearate (INS 470(iii)); maltotetraohydrolase from Pseudomonas saccharophila expressed in Bacillus licheniformis; monk fruit extract/Lo han guo(LHG) Siraitia grosvenorii Swingle; and polyvinyl alcohol (PVA)-polyethylene glycol (PEG) graft co-polymer; advantame; annatto extracts (solvent-extracted bixin and solvent-extracted norbixin; aspartame (INS 951); several food additives containing aluminium and/or silicon; and glycerol ester of gum rosin. The contaminants that will be considered are non-dioxin-like PCBs and pyrrolizidine alkaloids. Details on the nature of data requested, how to submit data, and other information are available on the FAO and WHO websites and here. The deadline for submitting data is December 1, 2014.


JECFA has also called for data on lead levels in certain fruits and vegetables to assist the Codex Committee on Contaminants in Food in finalizing the revision of Maximum Levels for several fruits and vegetables in the General Standard for Contaminants and Toxins in Food and Feed.  Data are to be submitted via the GEMS Database. The deadline is Sept. 15, 2014. 

Details are available at: JECFA Call for Data.