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AMI Opposes Residue Policy Under Consideration By FSIS

Monday, November 13, 2000

Muscle tissue from cattle carcasses is wholesome and not adulterated when testing of carcass muscle tissue does not yield results above certain tolerances, according to a letter sent to FSIS today by AMI and several other trade associations. AMI expressed concern that FSIS is considering changing its veterinary drug policy to condemn a cattle carcass when the kidneys or liver from that carcass exceed Food and Drug Administration (FDA) established tolerances, even though international standards establishing tolerances for certain compounds in muscle tissue exist. AMI encouraged FSIS to utilize the maximum residue limits (MRL) established for muscle tissue by Codex Alimentarius (Codex) in the absence of an FDA established tolerance. For a copy of the letter, go to http://www.meatinstitute.org/Template.cfm?Section=Residues&NavMenuID=139&template=TaggedContentFile.cfm&NewsID=332

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