Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare


1. What is the Codex

  The Codex Alimentarius Commission (CAC) is an intergovernmental organization that was founded in 1962 by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Health Organization (WHO). The chief objective of CAC is to protect the health of consumers and to ensure fair practices in the food trade through the establishment of international food standards. Food standards established by the CAC serve to harmonize international standards and individual countries' regulations under the Multilateral Agreements of Trade in Goods of the World Trade Organization (WTO).

  The CAC has currently 174 member countries and one member organization, and Japan has been a member since 1966. The CAC consists of the Executive Committee, ten General Subject Committees, eleven Commodity Committees, three Ad Hoc Intergovernmental Task Forces and six Regional Coordinating Committees.

  →   The website of the Codex Alimentarius Commission

Organization Chart of Codex Alimentarius Commission