Development and Strengthening of Radio-Analytical and Complementary Techniques to Control Residues of Veterinary Drugs and Related Chemicals in Aquaculture Products

Open for proposals

Project Type

Coordinated Research Project

Project Code

D52039

CRP

2084

Approved Date

28.10.2014

Status

3 - Active - Ongoing

Start Date

23.03.2015

Expected End Date

22.03.2020

Participating Countries

Argentina
Belgium
Brazil
Cameroon
Canada
Chile
China
Ecuador
India
Lao People’s Democratic Republic
Lebanon
Netherlands
Nigeria
Singapore
South Africa
Turkey
Uganda

Description

Aquaculture practice (fish and seafood farming) is becoming more widespread for the inexpensive and intensive production of protein rich foods. In the period 2000–2012, intensive aquaculture production increased at an average annual rate of 6.2% from 32.4 million to 66.6 million tons1. Inevitably, agrochemical inputs such as veterinary pharmaceuticals and related substances are required to control aquaculture-related diseases and improve yields. Residues of such inputs, plus unintended natural toxins (in aquaculture products and feeds) and contaminants at production sites, pose public and environmental health risks and must be addressed. This calls for robust national regulatory frameworks underpinned by sound laboratories, to among others safeguard consumers and aquaculture production, and enhance international trade in aquaculture products. Research is needed now on analytical methods that will strengthen laboratory performance and nuclear and isotopic techniques can play an important role. Research is also required to better understand the contamination of aquaculture production sites, with potential public and environmental health implications. Through the above mentioned research, this CRP aims at strengthening Member State analytical laboratories and national chemical residue monitoring programs thus contributing to the improvement of food safety, better aquaculture production and management practices as well as enhancement of trade in aquaculture products. New analytical methods will be developed (including improved environmentally friendly sample preparation techniques) validated and transferred amongst Member States laboratories. The CRP will contribute to the knowledge-base on contamination of aquaculture production systems. 

Objectives

To enhance national control programs for residues of veterinary pharmaceuticals and related chemicals in aquaculture products and feeds (including water) as well as aquaculture production sites

Specific objectives

1. To improve laboratory capabilities to collect reliable data on the safety of aquaculture products and aquaculture itself

2. To assess the cost-effectiveness of new sample preparation techniques and optimum use of radio-analytical tools to ensure aquaculture product and environmental safety

3. To assess ways to strengthen laboratory QA/QC to ensure food and environmental safety

4. To enhance the understanding of potential effects of aquaculture inputs and contamination/pollution of aquaculture production systems

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