Flexibility and amendments of the Codex Alimentarius aimed towards small food business entities
The Codex Alimentarius represents a collection of international standards and guidelines concerning food safety. It was developed by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Health Organization (WHO). Encompassing various aspects of food production, from manufacturing to labeling, this comprehensive document primarily serves large industrial producers. However, the needs of small entrepreneurs in the food industry are increasingly being recognized. This paper explores potential adaptations of the Codex Alimentarius to better align with the requirements of micro- and small entities, with a particular focus on promoting flexibility and ensuring safety in their operations. Additionally, existing regulations that already allow for flexibility are examined, along with suggestions for further amendments aimed at small businesses in the food industry. Finally, this document addresses challenges related to the implementation of such measures, including enforcement, capacity-building, and raising awareness.