This month, public health minister Hazel Blears announced that all Brazilian turkeys entering Britain would be tested for illegal nitrofuran
Just last month, however, German health authorities detected the antibiotic nitrofuran
in shrimp and poultry imported from Thailand (see boxed stow on page 46).
According to a statement from Britain's Food Standards Agency, "Sixteen out of the 77 samples of shrimp and prawns tested positive for illegal residues of nitrofuran
An EC statement said: "The Commission proposal provides that all consignments of crustaceans originated from India and intended for food or feed to be tested at the place of origin for presence of nitrofurans
or their metabolites.
These small and medium-sized businesses have been facing health control problems regarding importing countries, with shipments being seized or blocked over contamination concerns--such as nitrofurans
more frequently than any other specialty.
(27%); pediatricians, penicillins (38%); and surgeons, fluoroquinolones (25%).
Developed empirically over three decades ago, the currently available drugs nitrofurans
and nitroimidazoles, are unsatisfactory due to frequent toxic side-effects and limited efficacy, particularly in the prevalent chronic form of the disease.
Some Anti-thyroid and Related Substances, Nitrofurans
and Industrial Chemicals; IARC Monogr Evai Carcinog Risk Chem Man 7.
European food regulations make it illegal to use nitrofurans
in the food processing of animals because it could increase the risk of cancerandtheywere banned in 1995.
Each MPEDA laboratory is fully equipped to conduct analytical testing for steroids, stilbenes and banned substances such as Chloramphenicol, Nitrofuran
metabolites, antibacterials including Tetracycline, Sulphadiazine, Organic-Chlorine pesticides and dyes in fish and fishery products.
A meeting of the EC's Standing Committee on Food Chain and Animal Health (SCoFCAH) last week issued a draft decision that, if approved, would mean all shellfish shipments from India intended for use in food or animal feed would be obliged to carry analytical test results confirming the product is free from nitrofuran