Mycotoxin Work at Codex Standard setting

The Codex Alimentarius Commission (CAC) is an intergovernmental body of 174 member countries with a joint FAO WHO secretariat (Codex Alimentarius, 2003a) that facilitates world trade and protects the health of the consumer by developing harmonized international standards for food. Within the CAC, the Codex Committee on Food Additives and Contaminants (CCFAC Codex Alimentarius, 2003c) sets maximum limits (standards) for additives and contaminants in food, which are critical in trade conflicts....

Importance of mycotoxins to economies and health

The wide range of mycotoxins recognized as potential food contaminants are discussed elsewhere in this volume as are details of the regulations and requirements for trade in mycotoxin-prone commodities (FAO, 2004). We focus on the consequences of these food contaminants both in developing and developed countries. The obvious consequences, and those that have attracted the most attention and action, are related to trade and the potential of these compounds to be non-tariff trade barriers in...