General Information:

Vaega o Fefaatauaiga Talafeagai

Codex Alimentarius

The Fair Trading (Approved Egg Standards) Regulations 2010 was prescribed by the Honourable Misa Telefoni, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Labour on the 10th June 2010. All the Regulations will come into force on the 10th May 2011 except for regulation 21(3)  which came into force on the 10th May 2010. The  transition period allows for the egg industry and importers of eggs to prepare for compliance before the Regulations are enforced. Click on the above name to view the Regulation.

Current work of the National Codex Committee include the development of the Food Labelling Standard and Food Hygiene Standard. These Food Safety Standards will be completed before the end of this year - 2010. New work approved by the Codex Committee include the Standard on Bottled Water and a Standard on Fat and Fat Content in Meat.


The Codex Alimentarius Commission is a subsidiary body of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations in Rome Italy and the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva, Switzerland.

The words Codex Alimentarius are derived from Latin, meaning "Food Code" or the set of laws/rules for food.

In the present context, it is the compilation of all the Standards, Codes of Practice, Guidelines and Recommendations of the Codex Alimentarius Commission and of government reactions thereto.


The Codex system was set up because of widely perceived need to facilitate fair trade in food. Internationally accepted standards were therefore seen as the means. At the same time, it was realised that if standards were developed, then it must be based on added protection for consumers' health.

The use of the Codex system results in Governments, food industries, non-governmental organisations, farmers and consumers working together to develop appropriate food standards and regulations.

By adopting and implementing these standards, Samoa's national interests are protected.


Samoa’s National Codex Committee was established by Cabinet on December 2002. Its main objective is to ensure that food produced, exported and imported to Samoa, is safe and suitable for all domestic and international consumers through implementation of its terms of reference (TORs).

Membership Composition:

Established formally in December 2002 by Cabinet decision F.K. (02)43; comprising of:

  1. Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Labour (MCIL): Chair
  2. Ministry of Health (MOH): Member
  3. Ministry of Agriculture & Fisheries (MAF): Member
  4. Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MNRE): Member
  5. Samoa Water Authority (SWA): Member
  6. Samoa Association of Manufacturers and Exporters (SAME): Member
  7. Samoa Chamber of Commerce (SCC): Member
  8. Samoa Consumers Association (SCA): Member
  9. Women in Business Development Inc. (WIBD): Member
  10. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO):Observer
  11. World Health Organization (WHO):Observer
Terms of Reference:
  • Contribute to a safe and healthy food supply by developing effective food standards for all Samoans
  • Representing Samoa at international and regional food standards and food safety fora
  • Provide input into the development of regional food standards
  • Implementing and enforcing all food standards in collaboration with line-Ministries responsible
  • Provide policy development and provision of advice on all food related matters
  • Establish formal criteria for the establishment of the Committee's work priorities
  • Establish and strengthen National food control systems including the formulation and revision of food legislations and food
  • Promote within the committee contacts for the mutual exchange of information on proposed regulatory initiatives and problems arising from food control
  • Stimulate and strengthen food control infrastructure
  • Strengthen laboratory analysis and food inspection capabilities
  • Liaise with the Research & Development Institute of Samoa on scientific laboratory testing, assessment and verification of all food related hazards
  • Exercise a general coordinating role for all food standards work undertaken by other Ministries, including training in food safety aspects
  • Establish sub-committees responsible for the elaboration of food standards and abolish them when their task completes
  • Publish all food standards and training manuals on food inspection and quality and safety assurance, particularly with respect to the application of the HACCP system

The Food Safety Standards Sub-Committee is an ad-hoc body established by the SNCC comprising of selected relevant members from within.

Terms of Reference:

  • Develop standards for specific foods, or classes of foods, as directed by the SNCC from time to time
  • Review existing food standards as directed by the SNCC from time to time
  • Collaborate with Research and Development Institute of Samoa for scientific analysis/evidences in support of requirements set down in a food standard
  • Convene consultations and seek comments, where relevant, with all stakeholders who may be affected by a proposed food standard
  • Present the draft to the SNCC for consideration and adoption
  • Develop a public awareness programme for the implementation of the Food Standard for SNCC endorsement
  • Oversee implementation of SNCC resolutions

Terms of Reference:

  • Act as the link between the SNCC and the Codex Alimentarius Commission and other Codex member countries
  • Coordinate all relevant national codex activities
  • Shall be responsible for making proposals and recommendations to the SNCC on all matters pertaining to the implementation of Food Standards
  • Prepare proposed draft standard approved by the SNCC and circulate it to members for their comments


Should you require further information concerning Codex, please contact:

Ministry of Commerce, Industry & Labour
Fair Trading & Codex Division
4th Floor
ACC House

Ministry of Commerce, Industry & Labour
Fair Trading & Codex Division
P.O. Box 862

Telephone: (+685) 20441
Facsimile: (+685) 20443

Or please feel free to see our  Contact Us page.


Updated by Gladys Fuimaono: 13 August 2010

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