Codex (CCFO)

Codex Alimentarius Commission Committee on Fats and Oils (CCFO)

The Codex Alimentarius Commission is an  international standard-setting organization for food. The purposes of Codex and  its implementing body, the Codex Alimentarius Commission, are “protecting the  health of consumer and ensuring fair trade practices in the food trade, and  promoting coordination of all food standards work undertaken by international  governmental and non-governmental organizations.” The Codex Alimentarius  Commission was created in 1963 by the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO)  of the United Nations, and the World Health Organization (WHO).   Membership in Codex is limited to national  governments, but non-governmental organizations (NGOs) participate as observers  and technical consultants.

View the Official Codex Alimentarius web site.

Within the U.S.,  Codex activities are primarily coordinated by the Department of Agriculture  (USDA), the Food and Drug Administration, and the Environmental Protection  Agency. You can learn more about the U.S. Codex Office, located at USDA by visiting their web site.

Of  the various Codex committees and ad hoc task forces that address food  safety, processing, transportation and quality, NIOP has been active in  monitoring and providing input to the Codex Committee on Fats and Oils (CCFO)  and the Codex Committee on Food Hygiene (CCFH) for many years.

The  mission of CCFO, NIOP’s primary Codex interest, is: “To elaborate world wide  standards for fats and oils of animal, vegetable and marine origin including  margarine and olive oil.”

NIOP’s Technical Committee Chair  frequently attends this meeting. Between meetings, NIOP provides  input to the U.S. Codex Office on key issues of importance to the oilseeds  industry.