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Cross-contamination of antimicrobial substances in non-target feed

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Feed safety
Food safety
Veterinary residues

Summary

The proposed Regulation will supplement the Medicated Feed Regulation (EU) 2019/4. It will establish maximum acceptable levels of cross-contamination for 24 antimicrobial active substances in “non-target feed”. (The EU defines non-target feed as feed that is not intended to contain a specific substance.)

The maximum level for non-target feed will be 1% of the amount of active substance that is allowed in medicated feed. This maximum level should also apply in non-target feed that is used for flushing to remove left-overs after production of medicated feed.

However, stricter restrictions are needed to avoid:

  • cross-contamination between medicated feed produced for fish and feed for other food-producing animals
  • residues in milk or eggs
  • residues in animals close to the date of slaughter.

The draft Regulation also provides reference analysis methods for these 24 antimicrobial substances.