Codex Standards in the WHO South-East Asia Region
AbstractFood related outbreaks in the increasingly complex global food chain could involve multiple countries across continents since sourcing of raw materials and manufacturing processes transcend national boundaries. Codex standards, guidelines and recommendations are the benchmarks for national health and safety requirements for food. Codex standards are recognized in the Agreement on the Application of Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures of the World Trade Organization. The standards, guidelines and recommendations adopted by the Codex Alimentarius Commission represent the international consensus regarding health and safety requirements for food, which are critical for public health and well-being. As per Article 2 (U) of its Constitution, the World Health Organization has the mandate to 'develop, establish and promote international standards with respect to food, biological, pharmaceutical and similar products'. Codex Standards in the WHO South- East Asia Region provides information on the standards for food safety in the food trade relating to existing Codex texts in Member States of the WHO South-East Asia Region.
World Health Organization. Regional Office for South-East Asia. (2018). Codex Standards in the WHO South-East Asia Region. World Health Organization. Regional Office for South-East Asia. http://www.who.int/iris/handle/10665/272488. License: CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 IGO