The National Residue Program needs changes to be sure all drugs that may be in meat are detected, the Center for Food Safety says in a rulemaking petition submitted to USDA’s Food Safty Inspection Service.
The National Residue Program, or NRP, exists to identify, rank, and analyze chemical contaminants in meat, poultry, and egg products.
“While the NRP tests for some veterinary drug residues, it does not test for all the veterinary drugs that may be used in food animals,” the Washington D.C.-based Center for Food Safety (CFS) stated in the Monday petition. “This is insufficient for FSIS to ‘protect the health and welfare of consumers’ as required by federal law.”
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