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Italy Rejects Brazilian Shipment of Frozen Poultry Meat Due to Nicarbazin Residues.

12 October 2010 - Residues of the coccidiostat nicarbazin have been detected by the Italian authorities in samples taken from a 24.9 ton shipment of frozen poultry meat from Brazil.

The shipment, which arrived at port on 28 September 2010, was blocked and was not distributed.

Nicarbazin residue levels detected by the Italian Office for Food Safety and Nutrition of the Ministero del Lavoro, della Salute e delle Politiche Sociali, amounted to 10.25 [micro]g/kg - ppb. The Office for Food Safety and Nutrition then notified the European Commission of its findings on 7 October 2010.

According to Commission Regulation (EC) No. 124/2009, which sets the maximum levels for coccidiostats or histomonostats carry-over residues in food products, and which came into force on 2 March 2009, the maximum residue limit for nicarbazin in poultry meat is 25 [micro]g/kg - ppb.

Although the nicarbazin residue levels found are lower than the legal limit, Italy has decided to re-dispatch the poultry meat consignment to Brazil.

Nicarbazin is a coccidiostat used to treat the protozoan disease, coccidiosis, that can be debilitating or even fatal to poultry. It is used as a feed additive to control the disease at a critical period of the birds' lives but should not be used within 5 days of the birds' slaughter.
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Date:Oct 12, 2010
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