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Avoiding veterinary residues in food: maintaining consumer confidence

Making sure that no unacceptable levels of veterinary medicines residues are present in our food.

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Avoiding Veterinary Residues in Food: Maintaining Consumer Confidence

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Farmers use veterinary medicines to improve the health and welfare of their animals.

The Veterinary Medicines Directorate arranges collections of samples of animal products to be tested for residues of veterinary medicines under an analytical surveillance programme.

Information covered includes:

  • why veterinary medicines are needed
  • what tests are carried out before a medicine is authorised
  • who checks things work in practice
  • what medicines records must be kept
  • what causes have there been for unacceptable residues found
  • practical steps to avoid unacceptable residues
Published 22 September 2009