Trypanosomiasis Research Centre Annual Report 2007

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2007
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Kenya Agricultural Research Institute
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Veterinary drugs have been used for many years by livestock farmers to treat, control diseases and improve animal productivity. Food safety remains a major challenge confronting contemporary society. When withdrawal periods, dose and treatment schedules are not observed, drug residues that exceed the allowed maximum residue levels (MRL) may be present in edible animal products. Analytical methods are needed to generate the data on which dietary exposure assessments are based and to enforce statutory maximum residue limits (MRLs) that are set. Diminazene aceturate a diamidine is a widely used treatment drug and this may result in high residue levels in edible animal products. In a survey conducted in Kenya, 55% of the samples tested positive for trypanocide residues (Mdachi and MuriIIa, 1993. There is, need to screen edible animal products for diminazene residues.
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