Veterinary drug residue compliance remains high

07 April 2020

Article: 54/1405

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 in the EU. The report summarises monitoring data collected in 2018 and is underpinned by information that will be made available on Knowledge Junction, the EFSA’s open repository.

The percentage of samples that exceeded maximum levels was 0.3%. This figure is within the range of 0.25%-0.37% reported over the previous ten years. A total of 657,818 samples were checked by 28 EU member states.

Compared to 2017, non-compliance increased slightly for antithyroid agents and steroids. Small decreases were noted for antibacterials, other veterinary drugs such as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, and other substances and environmental contaminants including chemical elements and mycotoxins.

Source: EFSA, 31 March 2020