In the context of globalization and reduced costs of transport, trade is becoming an important instrument for developing countries to grow their economies. With growing populations, changing diets and increasing incomes, the pressure on trade regionally and globally is increasing. The demand for high-value standardized products is forcing international organisations to agree on regulations that facilitate and increase trade flows.
The WTO publication explains how international food safety standards are set and how they apply in the context of international trade. Through the FAO/WHO Codex Alimentarius Commission members establish internationally agreed food standards, which are then used in international trade in food products. The publication looks into the cooperation between the organisations and their joint efforts to resolve trade issues. Additionally, the authors underline the need to build capacity in developing countries, helping them comply with these standards and participate effectively in international and regional trade.