The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has posted on its Website a report from the 35th Session of the Codex Alimentarius Commission that convened in Rome earlier in July 2012. In addition to adopting a number of standards on food additives, food hygiene guidelines, maximum levels of melamine for liquid infant formula, and maximum pesticide residue levels, the Commission agreed to update a scientific review of the use of recombinant bovine somatotropin (rBST) to stimulate milk production in dairy cows. Maximum residue levels have been stalled at Step 8 since 1995, and debate over the issue apparently continues. Those opposed to the use of rBST cited animal health, welfare and possible anti-microbial resistance, while the United States and others contend that these issues exceed the Codex’s scope, the science is sufficient and no food safety issues remain.
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FSIS posts report on 35th Codex session, rBST continues to generate controversy
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