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TÜBİTAK UME and BIPM extend Metrology for Safe Food and Feed CBKT activity to cover the measurement of veterinary drug residues in food

The BIPM and TÜBİTAK UME have signed a collaborative agreement to extend the BIPM Capacity Building and Knowledge Transfer (CBKT) activity on "Metrology for Safe Food and Feed" to include the measurement of veterinary drug residues in food with activities planned on tetracycline materials. Tetracyclines are a group of broad-spectrum antibiotic compounds, widely used in veterinary medicine, that have a common basic structure. Because of concerns with the potential health risk to the consumer of long-term exposure to low levels of these compounds, monitoring programmes for the presence of tetracycline residues in food of animal origin including meat, fish, milk, eggs and honey are in place in many countries.

This project will use the production facilities and technical expertise of TÜBİTAK UME to prepare batches of four candidate pure tetracycline reference materials. The BIPM Chemistry Department and TÜBİTAK UME, in collaboration with other NMI partners in the CBKT programme, will then develop and document measurement guidelines based on qNMR and mass balance characterization of each material. The purity evaluation guidelines and materials will be available for knowledge transfer activities to National Metrology Institutes wishing to develop capabilities in this area.

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