Immunology-Based Techniques for the Detection of Veterinary Drug Residues in Foods

  • Milagro Reig
  • Fidel Toldrá

Veterinary drugs are used in farm animals, via the feed or the drinking water, to prevent the outbreak of diseases or even for the treatment of diseases. However, the growth of animals may be promoted through the use of hormones and antibiotics. Depending on the type of residue and the application and washing conditions, these substances or its metabolites may remain in meat and other foods of animal origin and may cause adverse effects on consumers’ health. This is the main reason why its use is strictly regulated or even banned (case of the European Union) in different countries. Antibiotics typically used for growth promotion include chloramphenicol, nitrofurans, and enrofloxacin but others like sulphonamides, macrolides etc. may also be used (Reig & Toldrá, 2007).

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Milagro Reig
    • 1
  • Fidel Toldrá
    • 1
  1. 1.Instituto de Agroquímica y Tecnología de Alimentos (CSIC)PO Box 73Spain

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