The Food Standards Agency aims to ensure that imported foods meet the required UK standards, in order to protect the safety and interests of the consumer.
It represents the UK Government on the following international bodies:
- Joint FAO/WHO Codex Alimentarius Commission (Codex Alimentarius)
- World Health Organisation (WHO)
- Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO)
- World Trade Organisation (WTO)
- Office International des Epizooties / World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE)
The FSA negotiates on behalf of the UK Government in the joint FAO/WHO body, Codex Alimentarius Commission (created to develop food standards, guidelines and related texts such as codes of practice) to influence the standards set for food traded globally and for better consumer involvement in the development of standards.
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Codex Alimentarius is a series of international standards for food and agricultural products. They help ensure fair trade and consumer protection internationally.