The project is one of a series initiated at the request of the Commission's Agricultural Services (DG VI) to provide RMs in support of Community Policy banning the use of growth promoting compounds in farm animals and the Directives laying down requirements for monitoring of undesirable substances in farm animals and products in Member States (86/469/EEC) and laying down criteria for reference methods used in pursuance of the monitoring programs (87/410/EEC).
Chloramphenicol is a broad spectrum antibiotic substance used to treat a number of bacterial infections in cattle, pigs and poultry. It is a toxic substance which can cause aplastic anaemia in humans and animals. The use of safer alternative antibiotics is strongly recommended.
The project will involve the preparation of lyophilised muscle, skimmed milk and eggs from animals:
- treated with chloramphenicol
- never treated with chloramphenicol.
These materials will be used for collaborative exercises involving the national laboratories to improve methods and results.
The candidate RMs have been prepared and are undergoing stability studies. Certification is expected in 1992/1993.