Taiwan Lawmakers Vote In Support of MRLs for RactopamineWednesday, July 25, 2012
(American Meat Institute)
Following the Codex Commission’s recent adoption of maximum residue levels (MRLs) of ractopamine, Taiwanese lawmakers voted in support of three amendments that now clear the way for the government to adopt MRLs for ractopamine in beef.
This could lead to restoration of market access for U.S. beef in a matter of weeks. The amendments make clear that the action does not apply to pork, however.
Under the amendments, the Department of Health (DOH) will conduct batch-by-batch border inspection and testing on imports of beef and products from countries that permit ractopamine use for cattle, and will enhance surveillance of residues in marketed meat products.
“We are pleased that Taiwan is following Codex’s lead in moving toward adoption of MRLs,” said AMI Vice President of International Trade William Westman. “This action reflects the scientific consensus and will help facilitate beef trade.”
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