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VRC response to Lasalocid found in hen eggs

by 5m Editor
19 December 2003, at 12:00am

UK - The independent VRC is concerned about the presence of feed additive contamination in poultry products, which it believes all elements of the feedchain – from the feedmill to the farm - must work together to resolve.

VRC response to Lasalocid found in hen eggs - UK - The independent Veterinary Residues Committee is concerned about the presence of feed additive contamination in poultry products, which it believes all elements of the feedchain – from the feedmill to the farm - must work together to resolve.

It has set up a subgroup, with consumer and industry representation, to focus on finding solutions.

Although these residues should not be present in hen eggs, the concentrations found do not pose a risk to human health. The Committee noted that an Action Level of 100mg/kg was in place, but also noted that this is not a recommended limit or safety level. The limit was set by a previous committee as a trigger for the Veterinary Medicines Directorate to carry out follow-up investigations.

The VRC subgroup looking at the feed additive issue has met three times, and is making good progress. It will be producing a report containing recommendations aimed at eliminating as far as practicable these residues from eggs. This will be considered by the VRC, and their recommendations will be passed to Defra Ministers.

The findings of the subgroup, when available, will be published on this website in keeping with the independent VRC’s commitment to openness and transparency. The VRC is continuing to closely monitor the results of the statutory surveillance programme.

Source: Veterinary Residues Council - 15th December 2003

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