Animal feed processors and meat producers can increase confidence in food safety by testing for drug residues at the point of feed supply according a leading food testing technology company.

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Randox Food Diagnostics specialise in developing and manufacturing drug residue screening technology across a variety of food groups including poultry and other meat products, honey, dairy and grain.  They have developed an extensive range of tests for drugs used in poultry production including those commonly administered such as Streptomycin, Sulphonamides, Quinolones and Tetracyclines.

Randox Food Diagnostics Meat & Seafood Manager Joanne McKnight said, “For disease control, particularly in high volume populations such as poultry flocks, many producers administer feed pre-treated with antibiotics. Both Randox Food Diagnostics high-performance ELISAs and ground-breaking Biochip Array Technology allow for the detection of antibiotics in both meat and feed.

As the issue of antibiotic resistance becomes increasingly acute, we know producers are looking for better safeguards against contravening maximum residue limits. Using feed in which they can have demonstrable confidence, is one way they can market the quality and safety of their produce. As the first step in the production process, knowing the levels of antibiotics being administered to flocks in feed just makes sense.

Stuart Penrose

Marketing Team

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George Arnold

Gentlemen. Could you tell me what level,of ractopamine would be tested in a feed source. I am in the horse business and we are having trouble finding the level that would be considered acceptable. We have been told that anything under 5 nanograms is considered acceptable. Is that true? Our feed source is Purina and we can not get the standard that they test to. Thanks. George