Science and Power in Global Food Regulation: The Rise of the Codex Alimentarius


David Winickoff, Douglas Bushey


Administrative Law, Codex Alimentarius, food regulation, regulatory science, WTO


Science, Technology and Human Values

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Policy Summary

This paper argues that the mutual construction of epistemic and legal authority across international organizations has been critical for constituting and stabilizing a global regime for the regulation of food safety. This has also given rise to an authoritative framework for risk analysis that is “scientifically rigorous” but embodies value choices regarding health, environment, and the dispensation of regulatory power. The paper concludes with the importance of attending to the iterative construction of law and science in the constitution of new global administrative regimes, especially within the WTO legal framework.

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