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Codex moves ahead with ractopamine standards

The National Cattlemen's Beef Association was present at the Codex meeting that took place in Rome this summer. Participating member countries expressed their views on the safety of ractopamine, and the member countries voted in favor of the adoption of standards for Maximum Residue Levels for ractopamine. According to NCBA Chief Veterinarian Kathy Simmons, this is a victory for U.S. cattlemen and women.

"It is paramount that science is the foundation for all decisions made in the international community. Today, the Codex Commission proved they are willing to trust science and make decisions based on facts rather than politics," said Simmons. "We are very pleased that we can move ahead on adopting international standards for ractopamine. We commend the commission for all their work."

Established by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and World Health Organization in 1963, the Codex sets international food standards and codes of practice that contribute to the safety of food trade. The issue of ractopamine has historically caused unnecessary trade disruptions, according to Simmons. Simmons said ractopamine is recognized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as a safe feed additive, but the lack of international MRL standards caused confusion.

NCBA is hopeful the Codex decision will bring science back to the forefront of policies set by U.S. trading partners.

"Standards not based on science create an unnecessarily volatile trading environment for U.S. exporters who are reluctant to ship products to countries with non-science based testing regimes. Hopefully, the Codex decision to move forward with science based standards will translate into a shift in trade policy for other countries to adopt science based safety standards."

The National Cattlemen's Beef Association has represented America's cattle producers since 1898, preserving the heritage and strength of the industry through education and public policy. As the largest association of cattle producers, NCBA works to create new markets and increase demand for beef. Efforts are made possible through membership contributions. To join, contact NCBA at 866-BEEF-USA or

Date: 9-24-2012


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