Codex Alimentarius

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The European Medicines Agency contributes to the work of the Codex Alimentarius.

The Codex Alimentarius aims to protect consumer health and ensure fair trade practices in the food trade, and promote the co-ordination of all food standards work undertaken by international governmental and non-governmental organisations. It was created in 1963 by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the World Health Organization (WHO) to develop food standards, guidelines and related texts such as codes of practice under the Joint FAO/WHO Food Standards Programme.

The Agency's main interaction with the Codex Alimentarius is in setting acceptable limits for residues of veterinary medicines, such as antibiotics, in animal foodstuffs and in risk assessment methodologies.

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