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AFIA comments recent ractopamine developments

The American Feed Industry Association's (AFIA) President and CEO, Joel G. Newman applauded the decision of the countries that voted in favour of the maximum residue limits for ractopamine at last weeks Codex meeting.

“After more than five years, the focus on food safety and science has prevailed with the Codex Alimentarius Commission,” stated Newman.
 
Last week’s adoption of scientifically-based maximum residue limits (MRLs) for ractopamine is a testament to that. Ractopamine is a safe partitioning feed additive that was approved by the US Food and Drug Administration several years ago. 
 
“This vote, only the third in the 49-year history of Codex, was much bigger than ractopamine. It was about Codex committing to their well-established, science-based food safety principles and not letting individual countries use their legislative and/or social factors to impede the process,” Newman added.
 
The Codex Alimentarius Commission meetings were held in Rome, Italy. 

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