The Codex is an UN organization, under the banner of both the FAO (International Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations) and the WHO (World Health Organization). In the Netherlands, the responsibility for participation in this international forum falls partly under the Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality (LNV) and partly under the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport (VWS).
The Codex Standard for Named Vegetable Oils is one of the standards developed by the Codex Committee of Fats and Oils (CCFO) of the Codex Alimentarius Commission. It contains a number of quality parameters for vegetable oils and some limits for contaminants as well as rules concerning additives, labelling and methods of analysis and sampling at global level.
The aim of the CCFO committee is to elaborate worldwide standards for fats and oils of animal, vegetable and marine origin including margarine and olive oil.
The following other codes are developed by the CCFO:
More information can be found on the Codex website.