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Maximum residue limits in poultry tissues and eggs

by 5m Editor
22 January 2007, at 12:00am

Published by PoultryMed - Maximum residue limits (MRLs) are set for residues measured by a valid method of analysis.

This method may measure the chemical or a derivative of the chemical and may include metabolites originating from the parent compound or other chemicals. In some cases, the nominal concentration of the parent compound is calculated from the measured concentration of a metabolite, but in other cases a derivative or metabolite is used as a measure of the residue. The residue to which the MRL applies is given for each chemical compound.

Maximum residue limit (MRL)
The maximum residue limit (MRL) is defined as the maximum concentration of a residue, resulting from the registered use of a veterinary chemical, that is recommended to be legally permitted or recognized as acceptable in or on a food, animal feed. The concentration is expressed in milligrams per kilogram of the commodity.

Compound
MRL (µg/kg)

Updated: 29/11/06

Muscle
Liver
Kidney
Skin/Fat
Eggs
Ref.
Amprolium
200
200
400
200
1000
Emea;
500
1000
1000

8000 yolk; 4000 whole egg
CFR;
Arsenic
500
2000
2000
2000
500
CFR;
Bacitracin
500
500
500
500
500
CFR;
Ceftiofur
A tolerance for residues of ceftiofur in edible tissue is not required
CFR;
Clopidol
5000
15000
15000


CFR;
Colistin
150
150
200
150
300
Emea;
Danofloxacin
200
400
400
100

Emea; Codex;
Deltamethrin
30
50
50
500
30
Codex;
Decoquinate
1000
2000 in other tissues

CFR;
Diclazuril
500
3000
2000
1000

Codex;
500
3000

1000

CFR;
Difloxacin
300
800
600
100

Emea;
Doxycycline
100
300
600
300

Emea;
Enrofloxacin
100
200
300
100

Emea;
Ethopabate
500
1500
1500


CFR;
Erythromycin
200
200
200
200
150
Emea;
125
125
125
125
25
CFR;
Florfenicol
100
2500
750
200

Emea;
Flubendazole
50
400
300
50
400
Emea;
200
500


400
Codex;
Flumequine
400
800
1000
250

Emea;
500
500
3000
1000

Codex;
Gentamicin sulfate
100
100

100

CFR;
Halofuginone hydrobromide
100
300

200

CFR;
Kanamycin
100
600
2500
100

Emea;
Lasalocid
20
100
50
100
150
Emea;

400

1200 (Ck); 400 (Tk)

CFR;
Levamisole
10
100
10
10

Codex;
Lincomycin
100
500
1500
50
50
Emea;
200
500
500
300 (Fat only - 100)

Codex;
A tolerance for residues of lincomycin in chickens is not required.
CFR;
Maduramicin ammonium
240
720

480

CFR;
Monensin
8
8
8
25

FEEDAP;
A tolerance for residues of monensin in chickens, turkeys, and quail is not required.
CFR;
Narasin


480 (abdominal fat)

CFR;
50 for all tissues is
FEEDAP;
Neomycin
500
500
5000
500
500
Emea;
500
500
10000
500
500
Codex;
1200
3600

7200

CFR;
Nicarbazin
200
200
200
200

Codex;
4000
4000
4000
4000

CFR;
Tetracycline/ Chlortetracycline/ Oxytetracycline
100
300
600

200
Emea;
200
600
1200

400
Codex;
2000
6000
12000
12000
400
CFR;
Penicillin 10 in the uncooked edible tissues of turkeys
CFR;
Piperazine




2000
Emea;
100 for edible tissues of poultry
CFR;
Procaine benzylpenicillin
50
50
50


Codex;
Robenidine hydrochloride 100 in edible tissues other than skin and fat
200

CFR;
Salinomycin 5 for all relevant tissues
FEEDAP;
Sarafloxacin
100

10

Emea;
10
80
80
20

Codex;
Semduramicin
130
400



CFR;
Spectinomycin
300
1000
5000
500
200
Emea;
500
2000
5000
2000
2000
Codex;
Spiramycin
200
400

300

Emea;
200
600
800
300

Codex;
Streptomycin/ Dihydrostreptomycin
500
500
1000
500

Emea;
600
600
1000
600

Codex;
Sulphonamides
100
100
100
100

Emea; CFR;
Sodium sulfachloropyrazine monohydrate zero - in the uncooked edible tissues of chickens
CFR;
Tiamulin (Chicken)
100
1000

100
1000
Emea;
Tiamulin (Turkey)
100
300

100

Emea;
Tilmicosin
75
1000
250
75

Emea;
Toltrazuril
100
600
400
200

Emea;
Tylosin
100
100
100
100
200
Emea;
200
200
200
200
200
CFR;
Virginiamycin A tolerance for residues is not required
CFR;
Zoalene
3000
6000
6000
2000

CFR;

EMEA: European Medicines Agency (EMEA) is a decentralised body of the European Union.

Codex Alimentarius: The Codex Alimentarius Commission was created by FAO and WHO to develop food standards, guidelines and related texts such as codes of practice under the Joint FAO/WHO Food Standards Programme.

FEEDAP: Panel on additives and products or substances used in animal feed (European Food Safety Authority - EFSA).

January 2007