Veterinary drug residues: non-compliance remains low

19 June 2018

Article: 52/2406

Monitoring data from 2016 for a range of veterinary medicines, unauthorised substances and contaminants found in animals and animal-derived food suggest high rates of compliance. Overall, 710,000 samples were reported in 2016 from 27 of the 28 EU member states.

The percentage of non-compliance in targeted samples, that is, samples taken to detect illegal use or check non-compliance with the maximum levels was 0.31%, which is within the range of 0.25%-0.37% reported over the previous nine years. Non-compliance for chemical contaminants such as metals was higher than for other groups of substances. Non-compliance for resorcylic acid lactones (hormonally active compounds that can be man-made or produced by fungi), mycotoxins (toxins from fungi) and anti-thyroid agents all decreased in 2016.

Source: EFSA, 13 June 2018