AFIA’s President and CEO, Joel G. Newman, attended last week’s Codex Alimentarius Commission meetings in Rome, Italy.
“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 U.S. Food and Drug Administration several years ago.
Newman continued, “AFIA applauds those nations that voted to uphold the core science-based principles of Codex. It was my pleasure to participate on the U.S. Codex delegation.”
“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.