Drug Residues

Creative Diagnostics - Food & Feed Analysis

Drug Residues

WHAT ARE Drug Residues?

Veterinary drugs are a complex group of substances with a couple of hundred actives belonging to different chemical classes and therapeutic areas, e.g. antibiotics, anticoccidial drug, hormones and anabolics drugs, such as androgens, estrogens and, beta-agonists. When food producing animals are treated with antibiotics, hormones or anabolics to cure and prevent diseases, and also to increase weight gain and tranquilise during transportation, drug residues remain in the animal’s meat and milk. These residues may bear health risks for consumers.


The potential problems associated with drug residues may be classed in two broad categories. First, aesthetics; consumers (all of us) don’t like the idea of foreign substances being present in food. The second problem is that of potential health risks. The potential health problems include allergic reactions, direct toxic effects, and a change in the resistance patterns of bacteria exposed to antibiotics.

Who Should Test for Drug resudues?

Drug residues testing needs to take place at every step in the food supply chain. Affected industries include:
Meat and meat products
Egg and egg products
Crustaceans and shellfishes
Milk and milk products
Fish and fish products
Ready Meals

Main analytical parameters for drug residue analysis:

We offer conjugates, antibodies and test kits for all relevant drug residues. Please choose a subcategory to find out more about it:

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