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Abstract

A workshop entitled " Residues of Pharmacologically active substances in food" was organised for official food laboratories of the European Union Acceding and Candidate Countries. This took place in the European Commission's General Joint Research Centre (EC-DG JRC) at Geel, Belgium, in close co-operation with the RIKILT Institute of Food Safety, Section Veterinary Drugs, Wageningen, The Netherlands, on 16 and 17 October 2003.
The workshop was intended to familiarise EU Candidate Countries with the different legal aspects of pharmacologically active substances (veterinary drugs). A representative from one of the Community Reference Laboratories (CRLs) involved in veterinary drug analysis presented state-of-the-art methods of analysis and techniques. These are required for the analysis of pharmacologically active substances, with respect to their residues in food. One of the target compounds discussed in more detail were nitrofurans that may occur in meat products.
Recent developments in new techniques were demonstrated for the detection of veterinary drugs covered by Directive 96/23/EC. In addition, requirements of methods for detection of residues, in particular for the different types of veterinary drugs listed in this Directive, were presented.
The programme of the two-day workshop consisted of two morning sessions, with presentations and discussion, and an afternoon session that was fully devoted to "hands-on laboratory" work and demonstrations of different types of equipment that can be used for measuring nitrofurans and their metabolites in food of animal origin.

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Authors: LAUWAARS M, European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Institute for Reference Materials and Measurements, Geel (BE);SIMON R, European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Institute for Reference Materials and Measurements, Geel (BE);ANKLAM E, European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Institute for Reference Materials and Measurements, Geel (BE)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 21162 EN (2004), 21 pp. Free of charge
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