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Taiwan Agrees on New Maximum Residue Limit for Ractopamine in Beef
On 15 August 2012, the Department of Health (DOH) amended the standard for veterinary drug residue limits in food by setting the maximum residue limit (MRL) for Ractopamine in beef at 10 µg/kg or ppb.
To resolve the controversy over the trade of meat containing Ractopamine, Codex Alimentarius Commission made the decision to set a consensus of MRL for Ractopamine at 10 µg/kg in pig and cattle muscle, 40 µg/kg in liver and, 90 µg/kg in animal kidney on 6 July, 2012. These residue levels have no impact on human health based on scientific risk assessment which was carried out by The Joint Expert Committee on Food Additives (JECFA) (http://www.who.int/
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· Taiwan Health News Department (http://www.doh.gov.tw/
· SGS SafeGuardS 022/11 (http://newsletter.sgs.com/
· UN Food Safety Body sets limits on veterinary growth (http://www.fao.org/
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