The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) reports that monitoring data on the presence of residues of veterinary medicines and contaminants in animals and animal-derived food show high rates of compliance with recommended safety levels. Presence of prohibited substances was reported to be low. The percentage of samples that exceeded maximum levels was 0.35% for the year 2017, which is within the range of 0.25%-0.37% reported over the previous 10 years.
Non-compliance for chemical contaminants, such as metals, was higher than for other groups of substances, with cadmium, lead, mercury and copper the most frequently identified.
The 2017 report is underpinned by data that will be made available on the EFSA’s open repository.
Source: EFSA, 13 May 2019