07 April 1998
Brands named for vet drug residues in food

By FWi staff

FOR the first time, brand names of food products testing positive for veterinary drug residues will be published, the Government announced today.

Jeff Rooker, food safety minister, said brand names would now be included in the quarterly residue surveillance results published by the Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD) in its newsletter.

Mr Rooker said: “Of course, we will make every effort to ensure the fairness of any tests and not seek to favour one manufacturer or source over another.”

In 1996, more than 99% of the 43,000 samples analysed were free of any residues.

Mr Rooker said he was confident that the 1997 results would continue to show that the incidence of veterinary drug residues from all sources in food was very low.

The surveillance programme operated by the VMD covers cattle, pigs, horses, sheep and goats. This is supplemented by another programme covering home-produced and imported meat, offal and animal products.