Residue analysis of tetracyclines in poultry muscle: Shortcomings revealed by a proficiency test

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A proficiency test for tetracycline drug residues in poultry muscle was organized according to the guidelines of International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC) ILAC-G13:2000 (2000). For the proficiency test, three test materials were prepared. The homogeneity and stability of the materials during the study were demonstrated. Sixteen laboratories accepted the invitation to participate in the proficiency test; 11 laboratories reported results within the time frame of the study. Most notably, only four of the participating laboratories complied with the definition of the maximum residue limit (MRL) concerning the inclusion of 4-epimers as stated in European Commission Regulation 281/96 (1996). Most participants reported values for the decision limit (CC) and detection capability (CC) and hence were already in compliance with European Commission 2002/657/EC (2002) for this aspect of method validation. However, some CC and CC values were not in agreement with the actual within-laboratory reproducibility calculated from the results reported in this proficiency test. Although most laboratories obtained satisfactory results, it is clear that an effort is needed to include 4-epiOTC, 4-epiTC and 4-epiCTC in the analytical methods. Moreover, reconsideration of values determined for CC and CC with respect to their accuracy may be necessary in some cases
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1141-1148
JournalFood Additives and Contaminants
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 2006

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