Control for Quinolnes Residues in Cattle Meat in Kosovo

Hamdi Aliu, Kapllan Sulaj


In 2014, 102 samples of cattle meat collected from 8 slaughterhouses of Kosovo (Pristina, Prizren and Podujeve) are checked for level of quinolones residues. Muscle tissues were collected randomly from cattle carcasses and were transported to laboratory in refrigerating condition at temperature 0-4oC. For detection of quinolones was performed the analytical control using commercial product the AuroFlow™ Fluoroquinolone Strip Test Kit for Meat. This kit determinates these quinolones; enrofloxacin, ciprofloxacin and fumequin. The detection limits for checked quinolens are: 10-15 ppb/kg for enrofloxacin, 8-12 ppb/kg for ciprofloxacin and 30-40 ppb/kg for fumequin. The analytical results confirmed that 8/102 or 7.8% of meat samples were found positive for the presence enrofloxacin. Ciprofloxacin was found in 5/102 or 4.9% of collected samples. There was confirmed only 1 positive case (0.98%) for fumequin residue. These study result are demonstrating use of quinolones in cattle treatment in Kosovo without any pharmacological vigilance procedure for reducing of residues in beef produced in Kosovo.

Keywords: residue, quinolone, meat, cattle, Kosovo.

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