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Mexican Meat is Healthy and Safe, Says Minister

18 April 2013

MEXICO - In Mexico, ractopamine is not used for fattening cattle, said the director of the National Health Service, Food Safety and Food Quality (SENASICA), Enrique Sanchez Cruz, reiterating that meat products produced in Mexico are healthy and safe for human consumption.

The Secretariat of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural, Fisheries and Food (SAGARPA) and the Ministry of Health have bothe applied efficient monitoring mechanisms to ensure food safety.

Similarly, he emphasised that food animals that are slaughtered in establishments of Federal Inspection Type (TIF) are supervised by authorised personnel throughout the process.

It is therefore known where the animals come from, what they were fed, how and when they were slaughtered, their packaging and what their intended market is.

He explained that Mexico applies a monitoring and verification process that allowed an official export last year of 225,000 tons of Mexican beef to 36 countries worldwide.



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