The International Society of Citriculture participates as an observer in the activities of the Codex Committee on Pesticide Residues, which is a joint effort of the World Health Organization (WHO) and Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) to establish pesticide residue standards for the global trade of food commodities, including citrus and citrus products. More information about the committee can be found at the following link:
In the early 1960s, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the World Health Organization (WHO) established Codex Alimentarius. Codex’s main goals are to protect the health of consumers and ensure fair practices in international food trade. It does so through a set of international food standards, guidelines and codes of practice that contributes to the safety, quality and fairness of international food trade. The Codex Alimentarius is recognized by the World Trade Organization as an international reference point for the resolution of disputes concerning food safety and consumer protection.
As of 2016, the Codex Alimentarius Commission had 187 member countries and one member organization, the European Union. There were 240 Codex observers, which include 56 inter-governmental organizations, 168 non-governmental organizations, including the International Society of Citriculture (ISC), and 16 United Nations organizations.
The ISC is represented on the Codex Committee on Pesticide Residues by the President of the California Citrus Quality Council (CCQC), James R. Cranney (http://www.calcitrusquality.org/). Cranney’s reports on the activities of the Codex Committee on Pesticide Residues can be accessed below.