Fate of ivermectin residues in ewes' milk and derived products

V. Cerkvenik, B. Perko, I. Rogelj, D.Z. Doganoc, V. Skubic, W.M.J. Beek, H.J. Keukens

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The fate of ivermectin (IVM) residues was studied throughout the processing of daily bulk milk from 30 ewes (taken up to 33 d following subcutaneous administration of 0·2 mg IVM/kg b.w.) in the following milk products: yoghurt made from raw and pasteurized milk; cheese after pressing; 30- and 60-day ripened cheese; and whey, secondary whey and whey proteins obtained after cheese–making (albumin cheese). The concentration of the H2B1a component of IVM was analysed in these dairy products using an HPLC method with fluorescence detection. The mean recovery of the method was, depending on the matrix, between 87 and 100%. Limits of detection in the order of only 0·1 µg H2B1a/kg of product were achieved. Maximum concentrations of IVM were detected mostly at 2 d after drug administration to the ewes. The highest concentration of IVM was found on day 2 in 60-day ripened cheese (96 µg H2B1a/kg cheese). Secondary whey was the matrix with the lowest concentration of IVM (
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)39-45
JournalJournal of Dairy Research
Publication statusPublished - 2004


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