US Chides Panel For Not Adopting Ractopamine Rules

Law360, San Diego (July 6, 2011, 9:47 PM EDT) -- U.S. trade and agriculture officials on Wednesday criticized an international food safety commission's decision not to move forward with science-based standards for feed additive ractopamine.

Deputy U.S. Trade Representative Isi Siddiqui and U.S. Agriculture Acting Under Secretary Michael Scuse said they were disappointed by the failure of the Codex Alimentarius Commission to reach a consensus on adopting standards for the additive, which is used to promote leanness in pork and beef, despite scientific evidence supporting international maximum residue limits on ractopamine.

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