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Residues of veterinary medicines

Food-producing animals may be treated with veterinary medicines to prevent or cure disease. These substances may leave residues in the food from treated animals. Food may also contain residues of pesticides and contaminants to which animals have been exposed. In all cases, the levels of residues in food should not harm the consumer.

The Commission has:


Directive 96/23 - rules on monitoring of veterinary medicines, pesticides and contaminants in food of animal origin

Scientific advice

MRLs. - The European Medicines Agency is responsible for assessing MRLs for veterinary medicinal products marketed in the EU. Detailed reports of these assessments are available here.