International standard setting

MPI Food Safety Science contributes to international standard setting particularly in areas important to NZ’s food safety and trade.

As one of the 3 recognised international standards-setting bodies, the Codex Alimentarius Commission (CAC) or Codex, is critical to advancing the objectives of:

  • World Trade Organization Agreement on the Application of Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures (SPS Agreement)
  • the Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT Agreement).

These agreements are mutually reinforcing and provide a strong framework of rules and disciplines for technical standards and regulations at national and international levels.

New Zealand's participation in Codex

New Zealand, like many countries, has limited resources available to participate in Codex. Efforts are therefore concentrated in areas of work that are of greatest importance to New Zealand’s food safety and trade.

The MPI Food Safety Science Group actively influences international standard setting through Codex by:

  • providing expert scientific advice on all aspects of standards development
  • participating in committees
  • providing input into expert groups and other international forums for standards development
  • leading key areas of work, where appropriate.

Key areas include: meat inspection, labelling, fortification of foods for special dietary uses, food additives and contaminants such as melamine and plant toxins.

You can find out more about New Zealand’s participation in Codex in the Policy & law section of the website

New Zealand participation in Codex

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