The revision of this Philippine National Standards (PNS) for Veterinary Drug
Residues in Food: Maximum Residue Limits (MRLs) is an identical adaptation of the
Codex Alimentarius Commission MRL 2-2012, Maximum Residue Limits for
Veterinary Drugs in Food, as updated at the 35th Session of the Codex Alimentarius
Commission (July 2012).
This revision updates PNS/BAFPS 48:2007, Veterinary drug residues in food:
Maximum residue limits (MRLs), reflecting the international developments that have
In the Philippines, the National Codex Organization (NCO) was formed to work in
parallel with the Codex Committees. The NCO also serves as an advisory body to
the government on issues arising from or related to the work of CAC (2010, MOP).
The Bureau of Agriculture and Fisheries Standards, in collaboration with the
Subcommittee of Veterinary Drug Residues in Food (SCRVDF) of the NCO, led by
the National Meat Inspection Service (NMIS), agreed to the adoption of CAC|MRL 22012
as a national standard ensuring harmonization of local setting with international level
and to establish food safety standard on this concern. The members of the
SCRVDF served as the Technical Working Group for this standard, conducted a
consultative meeting last 14 June 2013 at NMIS Conference Hall, Quezon City. Its
final discussion was carried out last August 15, 2014 where SCRVDF members from
the National Meat Inspection Service, Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources,
Central Luzon State University, Cavite State University, Philippine Veterinary Drugs
Association, Elanco, United Broilers Raisers Association, National Federation of Hog
farmers, Inc., Philippine College of Swine Practitioners, Philippine College of
Ruminant Practitioners, Philippine Carabao Center, and Food Development Center
concurred to the suggested revision on the PNS.