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Chloramphenicol is an antibiotic used across a range of food producers to maintain high quality stock by combatting any bacterial infections that may be incurred. Its use is strictly controlled, as well as being banned in many countries. Although most commonly seen within livestock, foodstuffs such as honey can be affected through the ongoing use to maintain bee populations.
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 quality control 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.
To maintain your effective testing ability, extensive quality assurance programmes should be undertaken utilising Fapas quality control materials to inform your ongoing testing improvements.
Through the use of real food matrices, Fapas quality control materials can be immediately comparable to your routine analysis. This allows you to maintain your testing ability throughout the year, between ongoing Fapas proficiency testing activities. Through these efforts your high quality testing is maintained and can therefore satisfy your customers and regulators.
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