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Food Categories

The Codex GSFA's food category system is hierarchical and applies to all foodstuffs, including those in which no food additives are permitted. The system includes a description of the foods covered by each food category, as well as relevant food additive provisions.

The food categories are not intended for labeling purposes.

Click on a category below to view its description and relevant food additive provisions.

Food categories marked with this symbol may contain one or more subcategories listed in the Annex to Table 3. Table 3 provisions therefore apply only to some, but not all of the subcategories of the indicated category.

Table 3 provisions do not apply to categories marked with this symbol as they are listed in the Annex to Table 3.

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Food CategoryNumber

Dairy products and analogues, excluding products of category 02.0

01.0

Fats and oils, and fat emulsions

02.0

Edible ices, including sherbet and sorbet

03.0

Fruits and vegetables (including mushrooms and fungi, roots and tubers, pulses and legumes, and aloe vera), seaweeds, and nuts and seeds

04.0

Confectionery

05.0

Cereals and cereal products, derived from cereal grains, from roots and tubers, pulses, legumes and pith or soft core of palm tree, excluding bakery wares of food category 07.0

06.0

Bakery wares

07.0

Meat and meat products, including poultry and game

08.0

Fish and fish products, including mollusks, crustaceans, and echinoderms

09.0

Fresh fish and fish products, including mollusks, crustaceans, and echinoderms

09.1

Fresh fish

09.1.1

Fresh mollusks, crustaceans, and echinoderms

09.1.2

Processed fish and fish products, including mollusks, crustaceans, and echinoderms

09.2

Frozen fish, fish fillets, and fish products, including mollusks, crustaceans, and echinoderms

09.2.1

Frozen battered fish, fish fillets, and fish products, including mollusks, crustaceans, and echinoderms

09.2.2

Frozen minced and creamed fish products, including mollusks, crustaceans, and echinoderms

09.2.3

Cooked and/or fried fish and fish products, including mollusks, crustaceans, and echinoderms

09.2.4

Cooked fish and fish products

09.2.4.1

Cooked mollusks, crustaceans, and echinoderms

09.2.4.2

Fried fish and fish products, including mollusks, crustaceans, and echinoderms

09.2.4.3

Smoked, dried, fermented, and/or salted fish and fish products, including mollusks, crustaceans, and echinoderms

09.2.5

Semi-preserved fish and fish products, including mollusks, crustaceans, and echinoderms

09.3

Fish and fish products, including mollusks, crustaceans, and echinoderms, marinated and/or in jelly

09.3.1

Fish and fish products, including mollusks, crustaceans, and echinoderms, pickled and/or in brine

09.3.2

Salmon substitutes, caviar, and other fish roe products

09.3.3

Semi-preserved fish and fish products, including mollusks, crustaceans, and echinoderms (e.g., fish paste), excluding products of food categories 09.3.1 - 09.3.3

09.3.4

Fully preserved, including canned or fermented fish and fish products, including mollusks, crustaceans, and echinoderms

09.4

Eggs and egg products

10.0

Sweeteners, including honey

11.0

Salts, spices, soups, sauces, salads, protein products

12.0

Salt and salt substitutes

12.1

Salt

12.1.1

Salt Substitutes

12.1.2

Herbs, spices, seasonings and condiments (e.g., seasoning for instant noodles)

12.2

Herbs and spices

12.2.1

Seasonings and condiments

12.2.2

Vinegars

12.3

Mustards

12.4

Soups and broths

12.5

Ready-to-eat soups and broths, including canned, bottled, and frozen

12.5.1

Mixes for soups and broths

12.5.2

Sauces and like products

12.6

Emulsified sauces and dips (e.g., mayonnaise, salad dressing, onion dip)

12.6.1

Non-emulsified sauces (e.g., ketchup, cheese sauce, cream sauce, brown gravy)

12.6.2

Mixes for sauces and gravies

12.6.3

Clear sauces (e.g., fish sauce)

12.6.4

Salads (e.g., macaroni salad, potato salad) and sandwich spreads excluding cocoa- and nut-based spreads of food categories 04.2.2.5 and 05.1.3

12.7

Yeast and like products

12.8

Soybean-based seasonings and condiments

12.9

Fermented soybean paste (e.g., miso)

12.9.1

Soybean sauce

12.9.2

Fermented soybean sauce

12.9.2.1

Non-fermented soybean sauce

12.9.2.2

Other soybean sauces

12.9.2.3

Protein products other than from soybeans

12.10

Foodstuffs intended for particular nutritional uses

13.0

Beverages, excluding dairy products

14.0

Ready-to-eat savouries

15.0

Prepared foods

16.0

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