Food 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. The report 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.
South-East Asia, food code, Codex Alimentarius, food hygiene, nutrition, Noncommunicable diseases (NCDs),