The American Meat Institute joined other members of the Food Industry Codex Coalition (FICC) in commending U.S. Codex on its leadership and calling for continued support of organization.
“Although there remains much work to do following the outcomes on certain key issues, including ractopamine, it was clear that proactive U.S. outreach, education and communication efforts helped build a strong coalition of Codex delegations committed to supporting the scientific basis of Codex standards and the WHO/FAO expert committees,” stated a letter sent to USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack.
The coalition noted that while fiscal 2011 U.S. agricultural exports are forecast to reach a record $137 billion, these exports are still restricted by non-science-based measures that block market access for safe, high-quality U.S. food and agricultural products. International standards that are science-based and harmonized will open these markets, thus expanding U.S. exports and increasing jobs.
“Strong U.S. leadership and resources to support Codex are critical to achieving these goals,” the letter stated.
“FICC urges continued, strong support of U.S. engagement with Codex, including adequate and dedicated resources to continue international outreach efforts aimed at building support for science-based decision-making that will help U.S. positions prevail in international standard-setting bodies and enhance U.S. agricultural and food export,” the letter concluded.