Codex Alimentarius Commission

The third round for countries to apply for support from the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and World Health Organization’s (WHO’s) Codex Trust Fund is now open.

The Codex Alimentarius, or “Food Code” is a collection of standards, guidelines, and codes of practice adopted by the Codex Alimentarius Commission, which is a joint FAO…

Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, for the moment, has backed off his controversial plan to transfer the U.S. Codex Office, which works on international food standards, from USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service to a new trade office in the department.

In a letter to Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts, R-KS, Perdue said there…

Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue is making a peculiar argument for transferring the U.S. Codex Office from food safety to trade.

Perdue is claiming the move will better ensure that the international standards are “grounded in science,” which is the peculiar part. The U.S. Codex Office has long reported to the USDA undersecretary for food…

Editor’s note: This guest opinion column by Dr. Richard Raymond was originally publish on MeatingPlace.com and is republished here with permission. 

The U.S. Codex Office is moving from USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) to USDA’s Trade and Foreign Affairs Office and that may not be such a good thing.

The Codex Alimentarius, aka…

I’m heartened by the fact that so many people are finally talking about food and nutrition security. There is increasingly widespread recognition that our growing population, increasingly volatile weather conditions, limited natural resources, and many other factors are straining our food and agricultural systems and will undoubtedly further complicate the significant challenge of achieving food…