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Determination of Veterinary Residues in Food.

DETERMINATION of VETERINARY RESIDUES in FOOD by Neil T Crosby. 233 pages with index. Price: 42.95 [pounds]. (UK: Chapman and Hall)

The popular press has gained a bad name amongst those whose task it is to provide good wholesome food. 'Scare' stories abound from time to time, and as often as not they have little foundation in fact but are fuelled by 'activists' with an axe to grind. Unfortunately, this is a rather cosy view because the number of cases of food poisoning is still rising.

Blame for some of these problems is laid at the door of the makers of animal feeds and the farming industry. The whole area of the use of antibiotics, growth promoters and specialist feedstuffs has been called into question. So, the object of this book is to discuss some of the current problems facing the industry as regards the use of chemicals in animal feedingstuffs, and the problem of residues that may pass on down the human food chain. This is done by dividing the text into eight main chapters. Their titles are: Current trends in agricultural practice; Analytical methodology; Anthelmintics; Antibiotics; Coccidiostats; Growth promoters and hormones; Other contaminants; and legislation.

Such is the nature of this subject that it has its own private jargon in the form of abbreviations; wisely, these have been listed at the front of the book to aid those who have temporarily forgotten exactly what BSE, CAP, DDE, ELISA, ISO and NPD stand for. Having said that, rather tongue-in-cheek, it seems eminently sensible to use the abbreviation MRL for maximum residue limit of PML for pharmaceutical merchants' list. This is a serious subject and the author has treated it seriously, and he has provided numerous references to further reading.
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Date:Feb 1, 1992
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