It has become quite common for antibiotics to be used in food animals to prevent or treat infections and to promote growth. Antibiotics given to animals can accumulate in the edible tissues and in edible animal by-products such as milk or eggs. They may also find their way into soil and vegetables fertilized with manure from treated animals.
Antibiotics in food can present health risks like allergic reactions, reproductive problems and carcinogenicity. Overuse of antibiotics may also lead to increased antimicrobial resistance and can compromise the effectiveness of antibiotics for fighting diseases in humans. Testing for antibiotics in food and monitoring antibiotic, hormone and veterinary drug residue levels is important to short and long term human health.
SCIEX solutions for antibiotic testing enables you to: