Drug residues are the remaining part of the antibiotic and other pharmacologically active substances being applied to animals during their lifetime or while processing animal or seafood items. The antibiotics like Tetracycline, Oxytetracycline, Trimethoprim, Oxolinic acid are widely being used and their tolerant limits have been specified by the food and drug authorities.
If the limits of such antibiotic substances exceed the recommended values by the authority then it could become hazardous for the human beings consuming sea, meat & other products.
Antibiotic used in animal products have been classified as ß-lactams, amphenicols, tetracyclines, macrolides, aminoglycosides, fluoroquinolones and others.
The availability of antibiotic substances through secretion in edible animal tissues in trace amounts could cause toxic reactions.
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) and the World Health Organization (WHO) to make a scientific assessment of resistance risks arising from the non-human use of antibiotics/antimicrobials.
There are different legislation to check the availability and their recommended limits in animal food products. In harmony with the CODEX and WHO, the Food Safety and Standards (Contaminants, Toxins, and Residues) Regulations, 2011, the animal products and the seafood have to be tested before they are ready for the sale in the market.
It is also required that all the food business operators have to mention on the labels, the ingredients of the food product. They should strictly follow the instructions for maximum permissible limits for the residues in the food product.
In compliance with the FSSAI, we provide consultation to the FBOs on the labeling requirements. We also have advanced lab duly certified by the Apex body to test packaged food items for contaminants, residues, etc.
Along with this, we have a team of dedicated scientists who strive towards the perfection in testing, strictly following the regulations’ guidelines.