A coalition of 45 food and ag groups signed on to a letter supporting full funding for the U.S. Codex Office in the FY 2025 Agriculture-Food and Drug Administration Appropriations Bill.  The letter will be sent to the respective House and Senate subcommittees.  US leadership in the Codex Alimentarius Commission is important to ensure science-based standards and guidances are developed to protect the health of consumers and ensure fair practices in global food trade.  A copy of the letter is below for reference.

Please contact Ginny Siller at [email protected] with any questions. 

April XX, 2024

Dear [Leadership Senate and House Committees on Appropriations]

We write to you today to request full and adequate funding for the U.S. Codex Office (USCO) in the Fiscal Year (FY) 2025 Agriculture-Food and Drug Administration Appropriations bill. As a representative of the U.S. food and agriculture sector, the USCO plays an instrumental role in advocating and developing science and risk-based food standards on behalf of farmers, ranchers, and the food industry to protect the health of consumers and ensure fair practices in the food trade worldwide.

The USCO has a valued voice in various multilateral institutions, including the World Trade Organization, Codex Alimentarius Commission among others. At a time when global food security and our global food system remain a top priority, it is imperative the U.S. prioritize all tools necessary to promote transparency and science at an international level, including the USCO.

A lack of financial support for the USCO would hamper our nation’s ability to engage on critical multilateral issues that affect all Americans as well as the greater global population. Therefore, it is imperative the USCO receives full and adequate funding for FY 2025.

Specifically, we request your subcommittee to set funding levels in line with, or above, FY 2024 levels at $4.9 million. This funding would account for USCO’s core functions that are mission critical to U.S. trade and global competitiveness, including day-to-day operations, written submissions, routine meetings, and other activities.

Thank you for your consideration of this matter and for supporting the USCO and other critical U.S. government agencies.


American Bakers Association

American Beverage Association

American Farm Bureau Federation

American Feed Industry Association

American Seed Trade Association

American Soybean Association

American Spice Trade Association

Animal Health Institute

Biotechnology Innovation Organization

Consumer Brands Association

Corn Refiners Association

Council for Responsible Nutrition

CropLife America

Distilled Spirits Council of the United States

Fresh Produce Association of the Americas

Independent Bakers Association

Infant Nutrition Council of America

International Association of Color Manufacturers

International Dairy Foods Association

International Food Additives Council

International Fresh Produce Association

Meat Import Council of America

Meat Institute

National Association of State Departments of Agriculture

National Association of Wheat Growers

National Cattlemen’s Beef Association

National Corn Growers Association

National Cotton Council

National Council of Farmer Cooperatives

National Fisheries Institute

National Grain & Feed Association

National Milk Producers Federation

National Pork Producers Council

National Seasoning Manufacturers Association

National Turkey Federation

North American Renderers Association

Northwest Horticultural Council

SNAC International

U.S. Apple Association

U.S. Dairy Export Council

U.S. Peanut Federation

USA Poultry & Egg Export Council

USA Rice Federation

Wine Institute