The International Food Safety Training Laboratory (IFSTL) trained six participants in the “Methods of Determination for Drug Residues in Fish, Meat, and Poultry”. The course focused on regulations regarding veterinary drugs and fit-for-purpose laboratory methods.
Instructors from JIFSAN, the U.S. FDA, and the USDA ran the 7-day course with a blend of in-classroom lectures, practice exercises, and analysis in the laboratory.
JIFSAN Instructor and Laboratory Program Manager Dr. Janie Dubois said, “This is a very demanding course with over 36 hours spent in the laboratory practicing methods to screen, confirm and quantify drug residues in honey, catfish, shrimp, beef, chicken and pork.”
The course is designed and recommended for laboratory scientists and managers involved in testing food for domestic markets and exports to the United States. Participants in this edition of the workshops were laboratory analysts from the Republic of Korea, Bangladesh and the United States.
One participant, Jiwoo Lee, is a researcher for the National Fishery Product Quality Management Service in the Republic of Korea. She noted that the information she learned during the course can be used in the laboratory where she regularly works.
“I think [the course] is a very good chance to run new technology. I can get some information about new product,” Lee said. “After returning to Korea, I will purchase it and I will apply it to our research projects.”
The training included lessons on sample extraction, chromatographic separation, and detection by tandem mass spectrometry. Participants performed methods for the determination of multiple classes of veterinary drugs, such as nitrofuran, NSAID, phenicol, beta-agonist, fluoroquinolone, nitroimidazole, macrolide, lincosamide, tetracycline, corticosteroid, sulfonamide, beta-lactam and anthelmintic.
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