The arcane procedures of the world's food standards body, the Codex Alimentarius, could be made simpler and more transparent, because of the launch joint review of its work by the UN's Food and Agricultural Organisation and the World Health Organisation. There is concern that with the World Trade Organisation increasingly using Codex standards for its health and safety regulations affecting food trade disputes, there is a need for governments and other interested parties to better monitor and maybe have input into the framing of Codex standards.