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25th June 2013  Content supplied by: Eurofins

Eurofins High-Resolution LC-MS-based Vet Drug Residue Screening

Eurofins Scientific has launched a high-resolution LC-MS-based screening method for around 100 antibiotics and antiparasitics in meat and fish, to provide broader protection across the food chain from risk of contamination.

In response to growing concerns over potential risk of contamination from veterinary drug residues following the horsemeat scandal in Europe and ongoing discussions on increasing antibiotic resistances, Eurofins' new screening method offers its customers unique opportunities and improved cost efficiency in the complex field of veterinary drug screening. Compared to conventional screening methods such as inhibitory tests, the new HR-LC-MS method covers around 100 targeted substances including metabolites with high selectivity and sensitivity. With its broad substance scope and the additional newly-created spectral libraries, the method efficiently minimizes the risk of over-looking health hazards related to veterinary drugs.

Eurofins' comprehensive Risk-Orientated Veterinary Drug Testing package includes screening and confirmatory methods for more than 250 active substances, including antibiotics, antiparasitcs, hormones, beta-agonists, endocrine disruptors and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. In addition to the new high-resolution LC-MS device, a broad range of state-of-the-art LC-MS/MS instruments as well as automated sample preparation equipment assure short turn-around-times (TAT) and high-quality, reliable analytical results. Furthermore, given that the above substances present varying degrees of relevance for risk monitoring, Eurofins' highly-trained staff offer customised analytical scopes based on animal species, country of origin and the stage of sampling within the food supply chain, according to evaluations of the European Rapid Alert Systems for Food and Feed (RASFF).

The Group's Competence Centre for Veterinary Drug Residue Testing in Hamburg has been a pioneer in developing highly sensitive methods for trace amount detection of veterinary drug residues in food and feed for more than 15 years. This expertise was demonstrated during the nitrofuran contamination in seafood and poultry in 2002, and triphenylmethane contamination in fish dye in 2005 in Europe and the recent horse meat scandal.




Date Published: 25th June 2013

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