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In September the Russian Government announced that they have voted to support a bill to tighten control over the administration of antibiotics in animal feed production. If the bill goes ahead and is approved by both parliament and the president, it will ban farmers from adding antibiotics to feed and suppliers from selling feed containing antibiotics, unless there is a prescription or special licence in place to do so. Currently in Russia, farmers can administer antibiotics in unlimited amounts without restriction. Veterinary standards only state that no antibiotic residues above the permitted limits can be found in the finished product, although only

This week Polish border checks found a ‘serious’ level of aflatoxins in groundnuts from the US, resulting in a border rejection and notification on the RASFF EU Portal. The finding reported 'serious' levels of aflatoxins in the shipment, indicating the nuts would pose a high risk to the public if consumed. Aflatoxins are a type of mycotoxin that are naturally produced by fungi and mould from the Aspergillus Flavus species.   Regular testing is carried out for aflatoxins on a wide range of feed and cereal based products due to the side effects in humans and animals if consumed, these include; Vomiting

Biorex Food Diagnostics is proud to announce the release of our latest new product, the ELISA Curve Fitting Software for analysis of Biorex ELISA test data, created in collaboration with AssayCloud. The intelligent software calculates the ELISA concentration results from absorbance results from standards and unknown samples. The software is provided on a portable USB flash drive and uses a Microsoft Excel template for calculating the data The Biorex Food Diagnostics Research & Development department have been working hard with the AssayCloud team to develop a software programme that's cost effective, easy to use and delivers quick results. The full list of features

Biorex Food Diagnostics is pleased to announce the release of our latest Total Aflatoxin kit for detecting aflatoxin B1, B2, G1 and G2. The ELISA kit is able to detect levels of aflatoxins at 1ppb at low limits of detection in peanuts and feed. The simple sample preparation and test procedure enables users to carry out testing quickly and ensure the safe supply of nuts and grains. This is the ideal solution for customers at various stages of the production process; large scale nut/grain suppliers, food manufacturers and supermarket chains that want to conduct checks before the products are sold

What is Antimicrobial Resistance? Antimicrobial resistance or AMR, is the ability of microorganisms to become resistant to an antimicrobial treatment that they were previously susceptible to. AMR is caused by several factors, one being as a consequence of natural selection and genetic mutation and the other as a result of the misuse of antimicrobials in humans and veterinary medicine, poor hygiene conditions and processes in healthcare and the food supply chain that aid the transmission of resistant microorganisms. Over time, these factors mean antimicrobials become less effective. When penicillin was discovered in 1928 it was a truly revolutionary development in medicine,

This week the EPHA (European Public Health Alliance) published an article on their stance in relation to the revision of the European Animal Welfare legislation as a way of improving animal welfare, reducing antimicrobial resistance and moving towards more sustainable animal farming. In recent years, the EU have taken great strides to tackling the use of antibiotics in animal farming and has established that from January 2022, the routine use of antimicrobials in animal production will be banned. In 2017, the EU set out aims to establish themselves as a world leader in animal welfare standards using the ‘One Health’ approach

The FDA issued a corporate-wide warning letter yesterday after inspections of Midwestern Pet Foods, Inc.’s production plants found violations across multiple sites which have been associated with the deaths of hundreds of dogs who had eaten the dog food(1). Samples tested were found to be contaminated with high levels of aflatoxins. The FDA has reiterated the importance for pet food manufacturers and distributors to understand their responsibility to comply with federal requirements and FDA regulations to implement hazard analysis and risk-based preventative programmes to protect animal health. The plant inspections were initially prompted in the Chickasha, Oklahoma plant, following reports of illness

Antibiotic residues in food pose a serious threat to public and animal health. Nitrofurans are a class of broad spectrum antibiotics that are commonly used in food producing animals, mainly due to their antibacterial benefits in treating infections. Over the years, research has found that Nitrofurans have a number of serious harmful effects on human health.  These include carcinogenic, teratogenic and mutagenic effects when used in large doses or for a long period of time (Wang, 2017). How do Regulations Vary Country to Country? Due to the severity of the effects of AOZ on animal and human health, many countries have

In July 2021, it was announced that the U.S Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Center for Veterinary Medicine had finalised guidance for the agricultural industry that will mean all medically important antibiotics used in relation to food-producing animals will be brought under veterinary oversight. The article, published by Pew Charitable Trusts outlines that the new policy will be fully implemented by 2023. The key change the policy will bring in is the requirement for a veterinary prescription for all drugs administered, regardless of the method of administration. Previously, this was only required for injectable products and antibiotics used in feed and

A number of companies have had to recall certain pet foods in recent weeks due to an outbreak of pancytopenia that has affected more than 500 cats across the country and it has been reported that over 300 have now died as a result of the contamination (Vet Times). The surge in cases was originally linked to a pet food factory in Lincolnshire, resulting in the recall of three major brands of cat food. During the investigation into the outbreak by the Royal Veterinary College (RVC), mycotoxins have been found in a small number of samples, these results have now been