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As stated in its website, the Codex Alimentarius Commission was created in 1963 to develop food standards, codes of practice and guidelines to promote coordination of the food standards implemented by regulatory agencies, both governmental and non-governmental, around the world. The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations and the World Health Organization (WHO) created the Commission to protect the health of consumers by ensuring fair trade practices. The Commission adopts most of its codes of practice and guidelines by consensus and takes comments from countries and organizations often in public meetings held around the world. The science-based organization brings together scientists, technical experts, governmental regulators and international consumer and industry organizations, and is the only such group in the world.

While Codex covers much more than beverages, ICBA is an active participant in the Codex process and represents the non-alcoholic beverage industry at Codex meetings. The Codex Commission includes members from 185 countries and has more than 40 committees that cover a wide variety of topics.

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