The decision of the Codex Alimentarius Commission (CAC), the international food standards setting body set up by FAO and WHO, to adopt codex standards (they ensure that food is safe and could be traded) for pepper, cumin and thyme at its just concluded meeting in Geneva was a recognition of India’s efforts to benchmark and harmonise global spices trade. The development could herald the entry of more spices and herbs in the list for universal trading of safe and quality commodities in various countries. 

The Codex Alimentarius Commission (CAC) is an intergovernmental body with over 180 members, within the framework of the Joint Food Standards Programme. It was established by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations and the World Health Organization (WHO), with the purpose of protecting the health of consumers and ensuring fair practices in the food trade. 

The Commission also promotes coordination of all food standards work undertaken by international governmental and non-governmental organizations.

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