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Type of publication: Journal Article
Type of document: Full Paper

Year: 2004

Authors: Schmerold, I; Dichtl, J; Dadak, A

Title: Tierarzneimittel und Konsumentenschutz.

Source: Veterinary Medicine Austria/Wiener Tierärztliche Monatsschrift (91), Suppl. 1 5-11.

Authors Vetmeduni Vienna:

Dadak Agnes
Schmerold Ivo

Vetmed Research Units
Institute of Pharmacology and Toxicology

In the European Union (EU) the use of veterinary drugs for use in food producing animals is distinctively regulated in order to ensure consumer protection against drug residues in animal derived food. Since January 1(st), 2000, in the EU veterinary drugs for food animals may only contain pharmacologically active substances for which maximum residue limits have been established in edible tissues and animal products. For reasons of consumer protection numerous substances were explicitly forbidden for application to food producing animals. There is only a limited number of publications on damage to health of consumers following uptake of food contaminated with drug residues; these cases mainly concern acute intoxications by illicitly high concentrations of the beta-agonist clenbuterol in bovine meat. It remains to be seen whether the new Austrian act on the control of veterinary medicinal products (Tierarzneimittelkontrollgesetz) which came into force on April 1(st) 2002, and the new Austrian regulation on the use of veterinary medicinal products (Tierarzneimittel-Anwendungs-verordnung 2002) will significantly contribute to the lawful handling and legal application of veterinary drugs to food producing species.

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