Dangerous residues in beef from Brazil

Brazilian Cattle

Irish authorities have discovered potentially dangerous residues of veterinary medicine in frozen minced beef and tinned corned beef from Brazil.

The frozen minced beef, intended for distribution to other Ireland and Belgium, had 536 parts per billion (ppb) of albendazole, detected at the end of November, and notified to the EU’s Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed shortly before Christmas.

Albendazole is used worldwide for treatment of gastrointestinal infestations of roundworms, lungworms and tapeworms, and adult liver flukes.

The EU maximum residue limit (MRL) for albendazole is 100 ppb.

A residue level above the MRL was reported by Irish authorities shortly before Christmas for albendazole in tinned corned beef from Brazil.

The 256 ppb residue was detected in October.

The corned beef was distributed into Ireland, having originated in the UK and Brazil.


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