Thursday, February 28, 2008

UK: Traces of Chloramphenicol Found in Royal Jelly Nutritional Supplements

Survey on Royal Jelly Supplements
Food Standards Agency (UK), 2/27/2008

In a survey published today on behalf of the Veterinary Residues Committee (VRC), the Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD) reports that traces of chloramphenicol, a veterinary medicine banned for use in food producing animals, were found in 18 samples of high concentration royal jelly nutritional supplements.

However, the risks from the levels found in the affected samples would have been extremely small.

The survey, carried out by the VMD between September and November 2007 and focusing on products containing high concentrations of royal jelly, tested 71 samples of royal jelly nutritional supplements sold as capsules, tablets and fresh royal jelly. Residues of chloramphenicol were found in 18 samples in concentrations ranged between 0.33μg/kg and 21μg/kg. Royal jelly is made by bees for the nourishment of the queen bee...

The survey was recommended by the VRC following a series of rapid alert notifications from the European Commission regarding findings of residues of chloramphenicol in royal jelly in other Member States…

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