Veterinary Medicines in Honey Proficiency Test

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Product Specification

Proficiency Test Information
Product Code Proficiency Test Matrix Approx. Size
FCVD15-HON2

02565

Honey

20 g

Analytes

Flumequine, Nalidixic Acid, Oxolinic Acid, Ciprofloxacin, Danofloxacin, Difloxacin, Enrofloxacin, Marbofloxacin, Norfloxacin, Ofloxacin, Sarafloxacin

Comments

1 or more analytes will be present for identification and quantification

Test Description

Individual quinolones and fluoroquinolones plus 'total quinolones' for the benefit of participants using ELISA test kits are addressed within this proficiency test.

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 proficiency test materials are produced in keeping 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 proficiency test materials include incurred residues as well as fortified animal products. The proficiency tests are grouped in analytical chemical class/matrix combinations and combine identification and quantification. The proficiency tests are suitable for all methods, including screening methods (for the detection of total amount of that chemical class).

Honey enjoys large demand putting increased strain on global supply chains. This is compounded by the fragile nature of bees and the general consensus that their habitats are heavily impacted by a growing population.

As such veterinary medicines are utilised regularly to prevent disease and maintain bee levels, in an effort to maintain honey stocks. These veterinary medicines can be passed on to the honey itself when poor farming practices are utilised such as excessive veterinary medicine usage. Effective testing is required to highlight these excessive levels within foodstuffs, from which to protect the end consumer.

Proficiency testing is a crucial tool from which to highlight and maintain the highly accurate testing ability required to fulfil customer needs and regulators requirements. Fapas proficiency tests make use of real food matrices, from which to maintain a high level of accuracy across your testing arrangement.

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