Last updated on 14 April 2009
Testing milk for antibiotic residues: Guidance
This guidance advises on the implementation of Regulation (EC) No 853/2004 as regards the testing of milk for antibiotic residues.
In particular, the requirement that food business operators must initiate procedures to ensure that raw milk is not placed on the market if it contains antibiotic residues in excess of regulated limits. The guidance is for all interested parties along the milk production chain – milk producers, milk purchasers and processors and also for enforcement authorities.
The guidance explains the legislative requirements; what an antibiotic screen test failure means; outlines the options for action and also sets out who should be notified in the event of a test failure.
The guidance will be reviewed if further advice is issued by the European Commission on the implementation of these provisions.