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Chemical Surveillance of Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines

Pesticide Residues

Farmers worldwide use more than two million tons of chemical pesticides each year. Whilst each pesticide is assessed by regulators (and are regarded as safe when used correctly) they can make their way into a land, water and air source. In some cases when used incorrectly, these pesticides have the potential to affect the whole ecosystem, as well as being harmful to human health. As a consequence, the concentrations of pesticides in food and animal feed are strictly controlled.

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Food producers are responsible for the safety and quality of their products. To protect your business and minimise the risk of negative health impacts, you need to comply with the relevant guidelines and standards for minimising levels of harmful pesticides in the food chain and the environment. For such a critical service, you need a partner you can trust to deliver precise, quality results. Being the National Reference Laboratory for pesticides residues gives you the confidence that we will provide you with reliable, accurate testing results, ensuring the quality and safety of your products and processes and ultimately safeguarding the image of your brand.

Within the EURL - Cereals and Feedingstuff Workshop and Training 2016 event Michael Hetmanski, Analytical Chemist at Fera, is presenting:

'Evaluation of Rapid Methods for Pesticides Analysis'

Fera have championed innovative pesticide identification methods, creating previously unattainable efficiencies within pesticide analysis, saving both time and money in potentially expensive testing environment.

This continued focus on time-saving and efficiencies is key to providing high quality testing servcies in a timely manner. These rapid methods for pesticide analysis can further improve testing applications within fast paced environments.

See the list of analytes we screen for

Want to know more about our routine accredited testing?

Our detailed information outputs allow you to screen for unknown contaminants in one simple test across various foodstuffs, providing a key snapshot of any sample. We can provide the confidence you need in your production processes or supply chain.

Veterinary Medicines

Veterinary medicines residues are also highly regulated, with continued regulatory controls after the pre-authorisation and authorisation phases, when products are placed on market. These controls include restrictions on the supply and use of some products, depending on their classification. Controls also include the continued monitoring of safety and efficacy of veterinary medicines and the national statutory surveillance programme for residues in food from animals. Animal medicines for food producing animals are strictly controlled by UK and EU regulatory legislation and recording of all medicines bought and administered on the farm is a mandatory requirement. This ensures consumers are provided with safe food from animals when medicines are used, farmers and vets must observe the withdrawal period for all medicines.

This scientifically assessed time period, which includes large safety margins, ensures that any residues that may be present have depleted to levels below the Maximum Residue Limit (MRL), meaning animal products are safe to consume. Fera is the National Reference Laboratory for Veterinary Medicines Residues and has been carrying out residue testing for over 30 years, providing services across the food supply chain. Our experience is such that we know what to look for in any given foodstuff so can help you identify an appropriate testing regime for your animal-based food ingredients and products, ultimately safeguarding the image of your brand.

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Our scientists and regulatory experts, who have more than 30 years' experience in food chemical surveillance testing are able to deliver cost effective analytical data, regulatory guidance and documentation to achieve compliance for your food and so help you to strengthen your advantage in the marketplace, making Fera the ideal partner when you need that expertise to meet pesticides and veterinary medicines' requirements.

We can identify large amounts of residues within one test with our innovative multi-residue screens. Gaining a clear insight into your samples - highlighting any noteable analytes that may require attention from both a food safety or regulatory stance.

See the list of analytes we screen for
within our veterinary medicine tests

Contact Us

So to speak with us about our services, please contact our recognised experts Dr Chris Sinclair on +44 (0)300 100 0324 or e-mail us at

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or Dr Matthew Sharman on +44 (0)300 100 0324 or e-mail us at

From Lab to Livestock

A new exciting environmental assessment service for product registrations is now available. A partnership between Fera, CIEL and RAFT combines over six decades of experience in livestock and veterinary medicine research to GLP standards.

We can offer the following studies;

  • Network of phenotype forms for trial work and sampling
  • Specialist CRO team with a passion for animal health
  • Trusted supplier with the full range of experience in veterinary medicine

Telephone: +44 (0)300 100 0324

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Talk to an expert

Fera, CIEL and RAFT Solutions are recognised experts in their fields and working in partnership can offer a tailored service which is true end-to-end that develops and delivers products that are fit for major and minor livestock species. Fera is the UK National Reference Laboratory for Veterinary Medicines in Food.

Telephone: +44 (0)300 100 0324

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Join us for the Expert Committee on Pesticide Residues in Food (PRiF)

PRiF provides independent advice to the government on the monitoring of pesticide residues in food working closely with the Chemicals Regulation Directorate and the Food Standards Agency, to provide independent advice to the Health and Safety Executive and the Food Standards Agency (FSA), and UK Ministers.

Register your interest here:

PRiF Open Event

Visit LIAISON website - Pesticide Approvals, Label Information & MRLs

Pesticide Approvals, Label Information and Maximum Residue Levels - LIAISON provides details of products approved for use on any crop you select

Meet the Expert on Pesticides Residues

Dr. Sadat Nawaz leads the Pesticide Residues team and is a prominent residue specialist. Our services include:

  • Multi-Residue Screening
  • Targeted analysis for known pesticide residues

Telephone: +44 (0)1904 462 440


List of Analytes - Multi-Residue Screen

Download our Multi-Residue Screen Leaflet here

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