Natural Products Association Awarded Observer Status by Codex Alimentarius Commission

Natural Products Association Awarded Observer Status by Codex Alimentarius Commission

Joins United Nations Commission on Food Safety and Quality Standards

WASHINGTON, D.C. – At a time when Americans are increasingly suffering from preventable chronic conditions associated with unhealthy diets, the Natural Products Association (NPA) today announced that it will help support the advancement of food and dietary supplement standards worldwide in an official observer capacity during upcoming Codex Alimentarius Commission meetings. Recognition as a Codex Alimentarius Observer means NPA will have the opportunity to contribute expertise, comments and recommendations to advance health standards worldwide. This includes supporting updates to international food and dietary supplement standards so they align with the latest science and ensuring fair practices in the food trade to reduce trade barriers. The Codex Alimentarius Commission is an international food safety organization created by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the World Health Organization (WHO).

“This is an important step in developing science-based global standards for foods and dietary supplements so people worldwide will have the information and nutrition they need to live healthier lives,” said Daniel Fabricant, Ph.D., President and CEO of NPA.  “From our SSCI program to being awarded Codex Alimentarius Observer status, the Natural Products Association continues to lead the industry in efforts to achieve universal standards for dietary supplements that will not only protect consumers but help people to support their own best health and well-being.”


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Natural Products Association

The Natural Products Association (NPA) is the trade association representing the entire natural products industry. We advocate for our members who supply, manufacture and sell natural ingredients or products for consumers. The Natural Products Association promotes good manufacturing practices as part of the growth and success of the industry. Founded in 1936, NPA represents over 1,000 members accounting for more than 10,000 locations of retailers, manufacturers, wholesalers and distributors of natural products, including foods, dietary supplements, and health/beauty aids. Visit