How is food checked for veterinary medicine residues?
Once approved, veterinary medicine residues in UK food production are monitored through two official monitoring programmes operated by the VMD. Details of these can be found on the VMD website.
Foods are checked for veterinary medicine residues to see that they are within legal limits and that consumer intakes are safe. Some veterinary medicines are banned within the European Union and foods are also tested for the presence of such residues.
The monitoring programmes for UK produce and imported food show that the vast majority of food is safe and that veterinary medicines are being used correctly. Occasionally, residues are found that may be of concern. In these cases, the Agency takes action with local authorities to withdraw food from sale or to prevent it entering the food chain.