Precautionary principle remains excluded from Codex food risk analysis

Codex has confirmed the exclusion of the precautionary principle in its draft risk analysis standards for food safety, the International Alliance of Dietary/Food Supplement Associations (IADSA) has revealed.

The final decision was made at the Codex Alimentarius Commission meeting in Rome this month when the ‘Working Principles for Risk Analysis for Food Safety for Application by Governments’ was finally adopted, excluding the controversial precautionary principle.

The principle allows governments to take certain preventive measures for foods in cases where scientific evidence on the safety of the food is uncertain, and it is seen by many governments and organisations as a tool to create unjustified trade barriers.

It was omitted from the set of principles for risk analysis adopted by Codex in 2003. However, since then a number of countries have tried to introduce it into Codex texts.

David Pineda, IADSA’s Manager of Regulatory Affairs, said: “Despite the numerous attempts to introduce this principle into the text, there has again been sufficient resistance from both governmental and non-governmental organisations to prevent it from happening.”


IADSA is the voice of the worldwide dietary supplement manufacturing industry and an accredited international non-governmental organization (INGO) with a seat at the table of the main international regulatory bodies. IADSA has more than doubled in size since its creation in 1998, and now represents 58 national trade associations and over 9,500 member companies.

For more information contact David Pineda Ereño, IADSA Manager, Regulatory Affairs, 50 Rue de l’Association, 1000 Brussels, Belgium, tel: +32 (0)2 209 1155, fax: +32 (0)2 223 3064, email [email protected] or visit

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