Veterinary Medicines in Honey Quality Control Material

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Product Specification

QC/RM information
Product Code Material Matrix Approx. Size





4-epi-Tetracycline, Total Tetracycline (parent + epimer), Tilmicosin, Tylosin A, Tylosin B, Total Tylosin, Tylvalosin (aivlosin)

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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).

The associated proficiency test is now an identification and quantification test and has been expanded to include three common 'phenicols': chloramphenicol, thiamphenicol and florfenicol. Not all the compounds listed might be present in the QC material.

Veterinary medicines used within animal cultivation to achieve high quality animal products have been used extensively across the globe. The vast majority make use of these veterinary medicines as part of their good farming practice frameworks. This maintains low, safe levels of veterinary medicine residues within foodstuffs offered to the consumer.

With excessive use however, there can be high levels of these residues within consumer foodstuffs, leading to potentially harmful effects if consumed in high enough quantities. As such it is important to evaluate your testing ability thoroughly and often to maintain the accuracy of detection you are required to achieve by both your customers and regulators.

Fapas quality control materials make use of real food matrices from which to ensure direct comparisons can be made between your routine analysis and quality control results. From these insights your testing abilities can be safeguarded across the year to ensure the accuracy of your results is maintained through staff training activities and instrumentation calibration activities.

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