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Antibiotic Residue

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Avoiding antibiotic residues in food is essential when producing safe products for human consumption.  There is a high chance for allergic reactions in sensitive individuals if antibiotics are more commonly found in foods. With greater exposure to these substances, individuals may also develop increased resistance to the antibiotics causing them to become less effective when prescribed for medical reasons in the future.

This has led to a growing body of legislation across the world. Legislations, such as the 'Maximum Residue Limits' regulations, were imposed by the EU and the US in 1990 and 1991, respectively.

Worldwide concern about the effect of antibiotic residues in food has created a need for testing muscle meats including Chicken, Fish, Shellfish, Pet Treats, Feeds, Fish and Poultry Meals, Meat, Dairy Products, Honey and Enzymes. ECAL has responded to this need by significantly increasing the number of antibiotics for which we can test. These include Aminoglycosides, Beta-lactams, Chloramphenicol, Coccidiostats, Fluoroquinolones and Quinolones, Nitrofurans and Nitrofuran Metabolites, Nitroimidazoles, Sulfa Drugs, Streptomycin, Tetracyclines, and several more.

We will continue to add to this list as new requirements are identified. If you do not see the Antibiotic you need tested on our list above, please contact us. We may be in the process of perfecting the method.