An increase in the use of veterinary drugs, including various forbidden substances, is a predictable consequence of the huge burden of animal disease in many countries as well as expanded food animal production efforts. However,
this may negatively impact public health and trade and requires oversight. The lack of effective regulatory control in many developing countries notwithstanding, various national testing laboratories continue to seek acceptable assay methods (and sampling
protocols) to ensure a safe and saleable food product for both local consumption and international trade.
The veterinary drug residues database of The Food Contaminant and Residue Information System (FCRIS) seeks to address this need by providing public information relating to veterinary drugs used in animal production, including multi-residue
and single analyte screening, quantitative and confirmatory analytical methods fit for national surveillance programs as well as physicochemical and toxicological data.