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Residue in Meat Sampling

Residues in Meat – Randomised Statistical Sampling. 

Randomised samples are collected by DEFA Vets at the Meat Plant, on behalf of the Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD) as part of a National Scheme compliant with an EU Directive. Required statistical sample rates are assigned to the Meat Plant by VMD, according to throughput and collected each week of operation. Any positive result would involve a full investigation by a DEFA Veterinary Officer to establish the background, origin and effective controls in order to safeguard consumers and prevent recurrence. Results are received by DEFA on a monthly basis with an annual summary report as below. 

AnalysisMatrixSpecies20162015
SamplesPositiveSamplesPositive
AMS1 Kidney Cattle 4 0 4 0
Sheep 4 0 8 0
Pigs 4 0 4 0
AMS2 Kidney Pigs 0 0 2 0
Cattle 1 0 0 0
AMS4 Kidney Cattle 0 0 0 0
Anthelmintics Liver Cattle 0 0 2 0
Sheep 2 0 0 0
Avermectins Liver Cattle 1 0 0 0
Sheep 1 0 2 0
Pigs 0 0 0 0
Beta-agonists Liver Cattle 1 0 0 0
Sheep 0 0 2 0
Pigs 0 0 1 0
Ceftiofur Kidney Pigs 0 0 0 0
Chloramphenicol Kidney Cattle 1 0 2 0
Coccidiostats Kidney Sheep 0 0 0 0
Florfenicol Liver Sheep 1 0 0 0
Gestagens Kidney fat Cattle 0 0 1 0
Sheep 0 0 0 0
Glucocorticoids Liver Cattle 1 0 0 0
Metals Kidney Sheep 0 0 0 0
Nitrofurans Kidney Cattle 1 0 0 0
Sheep 0 0 1 0
Pigs 1 0 0 0
Nitroimidazoles Kidney Cattle 0 0 0 0
NSAIDS
Non Steroidal Anti inflammatory Drugs eg Metacam / Finadyne / Phenylbutazone
Kidney Cattle 1 0 1 0
OC/PCBs
polychlorinated biphenyls
Kidney fat Cattle 0 0 0 0
Organophoshoshates (e.g. sheep dip + insecticide) Kidney fat Cattle 1 0 0 0
Sheep 1 0 2 0
Pyrethroids Kidney fat Sheep 3 0 1 0
Pigs 0 0 1 0
Sedatives Liver Cattle 0 0 1 0
Sheep 2 0 1 0
Steroid screen 1 Urine Cattle 3 0 2 0
Sheep 1 0 1 0
Testosterone Serum Cattle 0 0 2 0
Thyrostats Urine Cattle 0 0 1 0
Sheep 2 0 0 0
Pigs 2 0 0 0
Zeranol Urine Cattle 2 0 0 0
Sheep 0 0 1 0
Pigs 0 0 1 0
TOTALS: 41 0 44 0

Results from 2011 to 2014 are available in the downloadable document on the right. 

Please contact Agriculture@gov.im for further information.

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