IACFO: Codex Alimentarius Commission
Observer Status for Independent Consumer Organizations

The International Association of Consumer Food Organizations (IACFO) is an international association of non-governmental organizations (NGO’s) that represent consumer interests in the areas of food safety, nutrition, and related matters.

IACFO was formed in 1997 to address the lack of consumer representation in the debate over the global food trade and to work with international agencies responsible for harmonizing standards related to the production, distribution, and sale of foods.

IACFO members including Center for Science in the Public Interest and Japan Offspring Fund do not accept any funding from the food industry. IACFO has been incorporated as a non-profit organization in accordance with the laws of the District of Columbia, USA.

IACFO files comments with the governmental regulatory agencies in North America, Europe, and Asia, and releases reports examining food safety and nutrition policy issues.

IACFO has been granted observer status before the Codex Alimentarius Commission (a subsidiary of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization and World Health Organization) charged by the World Trade Organization with developing international food standards. Thus,  IACFO seeks to ensure that consumers’ interests are adequately represented at meetings of the Commission and its committees.