According to EU regulations our food may not contain the remnants of veterinary medicines. These regulations are rigorously enforced. Wageningen Food Safety Research is a National Reference Laboratory (NRL) for residues of veterinary medicines.
Wageningen Food Safety Research is a NRL for animal drugs which promote animal health, such as:
- substances like acetylsalicylic acid and ibuprofen (also referred to as NSAIDs).
Wageningen Food Safety Research is also a NRL for non-registered antibiotics such as nitrofuranes, malachite green and chlooramfenicol. Products like meat, milk and eggs are all tested for the presence of animal drugs.
A full overview of these substances (and substance groups) can be found in Directive 96/23/EC.
Regular proficiency tests
This NRL regularely organises proficiency tests in which interested laboratories can participate.