EU displeased with Codex Alimentarius ractopamine ruling

The Council of the European Union has voiced concerns regarding a ruling earlier this year that set a maximum residue limit for a veterinary drug used to increase growth in some livestock and poultry, while keeping the animals lean.

The Council took aim at the Codex Alimentarius Commission, which creates international food standards and guidelines, for issuing the July ruling after the limit was approved by a slim two-vote margin (69-67). The council said the Codex should have reached a consensus and considered human health factors when rendering its decision, according to ThePigSite.com.

By implementing the limit, the Codex accepted the use of ractopamine, the Council of the European Union maintains.

Despite the decision, the council stated the EU’s ban on beta-agonists such as ractopamine and the ban on meat that comes from animals treated with the growth promoter will be upheld, according to the article.

The council also wants the European Commission to make sure countries that allow the use of growth promoters have a “dual system” that allows for the production of non-ractopamine containing meat for export to the EU, according to ThePigSite.com.

The new limit was set at 10 parts per billion (ppb) for beef and pork, lower than the U.S. FDA’s limit of 30 ppb for beef and 50 ppb for pork.

Several countries, including the U.S., Canada and Brazil have pushed for global standards for some time, as it makes it easier to challenge countries that have a zero tolerance policy for ractopamine, according to Food Safety News.

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