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Codex ractopamine decision not to change Taiwan's U.S. beef policy

2012/07/05 21:29:01

Taipei, July 5 (CNA) The latest vote by the Codex Alimentarius Commission on the safety of allowed levels of the leanness-enhancing drug ractopamine in meat will not change Taiwan's policy to allow U.S. beef imports containing the additive, a government spokesman said Thursday.

The result of the food safety body's meeting "will only be used as reference," Cabinet spokesman Hu Yu-wei said, adding that it will not influence the government's decision to conditionally ease the ban on American beef imports.

The commission was established by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and the World Health Organization in 1963.

Hu's remarks came shortly after Codex member states voted 69-67 that it is safe to allow certain levels of ractopamine in beef and pork.

(By Elaine Hou)