Key Topic – Vietnam Proposes Changes to Import MRLs
Vietnam has issued a WTO notice proposing changes to its veterinary drug import maximum residue limits (MRLs) which would establish a zero tolerance for 36 different substances. Of particular importance to the meat industry is that the proposed changes include zero tolerance for ractopamine in beef and pork, and for trenbolone and zeranol in beef. Vietnam had previously adopted Codex standards for these three compounds. Additionally, there are other veterinary drugs commonly used in the livestock industry which Vietnam also proposes to regulate at a zero tolerance. FAS-Hanoi has stated that Vietnam plans to implement the regulation on Feb. 1, 2017.
USMEF is working with USDA and industry partners to provide technical comments to the WTO on the proposed standards, which must be submitted by Nov. 6. The comments will urge Vietnam to maintain Codex standards for imported red meat.