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NCBA disappointed by Codex decision

National Cattlemen's Beef Association Chief Veterinarian Elizabeth Parker said it is extremely disappointing that the Codex Alimentarius Commission, the internationally food safety standard setting organization under the World Trade Organization Sanitary and Phytosanitary Agreement, failed to act on the adoption of science-based standards for ractopamine, a feed additive used to promote leanness in pork and beef.

"The CAC was founded on science-based principles with the specific function to protect human health and ensure fair trade practices in food trade by setting food safety standards and guidance based on the best available scientific knowledge," Parker said. "The safety of ractopamine has been confirmed three times by Codex's own panel of international scientists and is based on exhaustive scientific evidence supporting international maximum residue limits on ractopamine."

According to Parker, the United States and a broad array of Codex members in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Pacific Islands worked to maintain the integrity of Codex by supporting the adoption of the ractopamine standard. However, she noted that for the fourth consecutive year, other members blocked the advancement of action on ractopamine due to non-science based factors.

All international science-based standard setting bodies and producers are concerned with the proliferation of private standards, increased non-tariff barriers to trade and how these additionally affect food security. Parker said if the foremost body, formed in 1963 solely to set international science-based food safety standards, no longer has credibility in its determinations, then it has failed and the entire world could suffer.

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