Investigation into Banned Antibiotic in Argentine Beef Shipments to China

ARGENTINA - The National Health and Food Quality Service (Senasa) launched an investigation into findings of residues of chloramphenicol, a banned substance in the country, in one shipment of beef exported from Argentina to China.
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After receiving information from the health service in China, the Argentine agency immediately began its traceability protocols. These include taking samples in batches of meat in the refrigerator from where the product was shipped to China, and establishment of the origin of the animals.

Senasa authorities reported the situation to representatives of the meat industry and explained the steps, and the results of the tests are likely to be released this week.

Senasa said exports of beef from Argentina to China continues to operate normally.

Chloramphenicol is a substance that has been banned in Argentina since 1995 for animals for slaughter and consumption. Senasa has conducted more than 40 thousand samples with no positive cases recorded in cattle.


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