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Codex formulates maximum residue amount for ractopamine.

Taipei, July 6, 2012 (CENS) -- During its 35th annual meeting in Rome, Codex Alimentaruius Commission (CAC) resolved on July 5 to formulate maximum residue amount for ractopamine for domesticated animals.

The resolution was passed via a voting, with 69 supporting votes against 67 opposition votes. It caps the maximum residue for pork and beef at 10 ppb, liver of swine and cow at 40 ppb, and kidney of swine and cow at 90 ppb. Codex is the most important food safety standards organization under the United Nations and World Health Organization.

Codex started to discuss the residue of ractopamine but members cannot reach a consensus. The U.S. supports formulation the standards, while European Union and China oppose the move.

Codex used to make resolution via consensus. Since members still couldn't reach a consensus at this year's meeting, the U.S. proposed to decide whether to make a resolution via voting, which won a majority support. Subsequently, the U.S.'s proposal for formulating the standards of ractopamine residue was also passed with a majority voting.

The resolution of Codex appears to provide a solution for the stalemate for imported beef in Taiwan. President Ma welcomed the resolution, saying that it proves the government's stance over the issue in the past four months was right.

The Legislative Yuan will hold a provisional meeting to discuss the issue of imported beef on July 24. Ke Chian-min, general convener of the opposition DPP caucus, reported that the party will respect the international resolution but insisted on the stance of treating beef and pork separately.

Li Chia-fei, vice spokesperson of the Presidential Office, said that the government will formulate the maximum residue amount for ractopamine, in the hope of solving the issue of imported beef and restarting the talk on Taiwan-U.S. trade and investment framework agreement.

Lin Chun-hsien, spokesman of DPP, said that DPP agrees to accept international standards in solving the issue of imported beef, saying that DPP never opposes the import of U.S. beef and regards the relationship with the U.S highly.

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Author:Liu, Philip
Publication:The Taiwan Economic News
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Date:Jul 6, 2012
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