The Department of Health (DOH) in Taiwan plans to relax a ban on
ractopamine in livestock to permit low residue levels of the veterinary drug in
pigs and cattle.
According to a proposed revision to the DOH's standards for veterinary drug
residues, the maximum allowable level of ractopamine residue in pigs and cattle
would be 10 ppb in muscle and fat tissue, 40 ppb in the liver, and 90 ppb in the
If the proposal meets no objection by Aug. 21, the new
standards can be implemented at the end of the month at the earliest, DOH
marketed under the brand name Paylean, is a phenolethanolamine s-adrenoceptor
agonist that is used for the improvement of weight gain, carcass leanness and
feed efficiency in animals.
It is already permitted in 24 countries,
including the United States, Canada, Japan, Australia and New Zealand.
Source: Central News Agency China
â€¢ Taiwanese Department of Health
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