MOST governments are keenly concerned about the quality of food their people eat, and quite rightly so. They pass laws to ensure food purity and safety and that's all very commendable - but it can be overdone.

Regulations can, sometimes deliberately, be drawn up so tightly that they effectively bar the sale of food produced in other countries, thus constituting an impediment to free trade.

That's why we need the Codex Alimentarius, an international food standards organisation maintained by a Rome-based intergovernmental statutory ...

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