New Standards for Beef and Chicken in the U.S.

The United States Department of Agriculture will apply a new system to examine meat for drugs, pesticides and other harmful agents.

Monday, July 30, 2012

A statement from the Trade Office of Costa Rica (PROCOMER) reads:

The Department of Agriculture (USDA) has issued new regulations for beef and chicken.

The United States Department of Agriculture recently issued new regulations for residues of veterinary drugs in meat from chicken and beef sold in this country. The USDA implemented a new system that will allow the Department to examine meat in search of drugs, pesticides and other harmful agents. Using this system, they will be able to detect new items, including 55 chemical pesticides that will begin to be monitored, 9 types of antibiotics, various metals, etc..,

The Department will also significantly increase the number of samples to be taken for their controls, going from 300 to 800. If the Department through the Service and Food Safety Inspection finds an illegal level of waste, they will notify the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) who has jurisdiction over drugs for veterinary use, and according to their decision they may revise the practices of producers that supply meat to the establishment, while the Inspection Service and Food Safety will take other measures on the point of sale where the sample was obtained.

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