Samples from farmed salmon show increased levels of the contaminant ethoxyquin. The formerly used plant protection product is still allowed as a preservative in animal feed, but there are fixed maximum limits for ethoxyquin in food.
In so-called aquacultures, fish such as salmon are bred to reduce overfishing of wild stocks. Ethoxyquin is often added to vegetable fish feed as a preservative. Originally, ethoxyquin was used as a pesticide in agriculture, but it has been banned in the EU since 2011 because it can have health consequences for humans.
The maximum limits for the substance ethoxyquin are set by law for products such as milk, eggs, fruit, vegetables, nuts and meat, but not for fish. In 2017, the EU announced a ban on the additive in fish feed in 2020.
Antibiotic residues in salmon
In order to prevent or treat diseases (such as salmon lice) in aquacultures, antibiotics are sometimes still used. Accordingly, residues of veterinary drugs in food are regulated by Regulation (EU) No.37/2010 and must be observed by the manufacturers.
How can you offer your customers safe and high-quality fish?
The laboratories of the Tentamus Group routinely perform residue analysis to quickly and precisely determine whether residues of harmful substances such as ethoxyquin or antibiotics are present in your fish products.
If the maximum residue limits are exceeded, these products may not be marketed. Therefore, it is important for both the consumer and you as a producer to subject your products to regular food and hygiene controls. The laboratories of Tentamus are available to you for advice and analytical support.
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