Nitrofurans in Fish Muscle Proficiency Test

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Product Specification

Proficiency Test Information
Product Code Proficiency Test Matrix Approx. Size


Fish Muscle

20 g


AHD (bound), AHD (total), AMOZ (bound), AMOZ (total), AOZ (bound), AOZ (total), SEM (bound), SEM (total)


1 or more analytes will be present for identification and quantification

Test Description

Animal products for human consumption are tightly legislated and closely monitored for compliance. Veterinary medicines used in animals are likely to have a pharmacological effect in humans. Hence, for many veterinary medicines, there are extremely low maximum residue limits or even no MRL (i.e. any detection is non-compliant). The FAPAS PT materials are produced inkeeping with EU MRLs or minimum required performance limit (MRPL) where MRLs are not set. The result reporting requirements are also in keeping with quality control guidelines laid out in EC/657/2002. FAPAS veterinary medicine PT materials include incurred residues as well as fortified animal products. The PTs are grouped in analytical chemical class/matrix combinations and combine identification and quantification. The PTs are suitable for all methods, including screening methods (for the detection of total amount of that chemical class).

Individual nitrofuran metabolites plus 'total nitrofuran metabolites' for the benefit of participants using ELISA test kits. Fish muscle is a new matrix for 2017.

Veterinary medicine residues must be controlled to mitigate any detrimental effects for those consumed in large quantities. Through poor farming practices high levels of veterinary medicines residues can be passed to consumers, resulting in a high risk to consumers.

Through effective testing techniques these risks can be mitigated, due to the management activities which can be undertaken as a result of the identification of veterinary medicines in foodstuffs.

To maintain the highly accurate testing ability required it is important to undertake a well-designed quality assurance programme. Fapas proficiency tests can make use of real food matrices from which to provide direct comparisons from which to ensure high quality testing is being undertaken as part of your routine analysis activities.

Proficiency testing activities are integral to highlight areas of improvement within you testing processes, from which to satisfy regulators of your testing ability. This is all in an effort to provide credible, highly repeatable test results for your customers, and regulators alike, to enjoy.

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