Intergovernmental Organizations (IGOs)
Codex Alimentarius Commission (CAC)
The Codex Alimentarius Commission (CAC), established jointly by FAO and WHO in 1963 develops harmonized international food standards, guidelines and codes of practice to protect the health of the consumers and ensure fair trade practices in the food trade. The Codex standards are based on the best available science assisted by independent international risk assessment bodies or ad-hoc consultations organized by FAO/WHO. The Ad Hoc Intergovernmental Task Force on Foods derived from Biotechnology that was convened in 2000 with the objective to develop standards and guidelines for GM foods summarized their work in two documents namely Principles for the risk analysis of foods derived from modern biotechnology and Guideline for the conduct of food safety assessment of foods derived from recombinant-DNA plants.