Understanding the law controlling the residues of veterinary medicines in food

EU law requires that ingredients of animal origin used in all foods for consumption in the EU are sourced from a country that has an EU Approved Residue Control Plan. 

Check the ingredients and find out the origin of the raw materials

If food contains any of these animal products as an ingredient, the law requires that the animal product comes from a country with an approved residue control plan. 

  1. Meat, meat preparations and meat products (including meat powders and extracts) of the following origin:
  • Bovine
  • Ovine/caprine
  • Porcine
  • Equine
  • Poultry
  • Rabbit
  • Wild Game
  • Farmed Game
  1. Aquaculture fishery products (excluding bivalve molluscs)
  2. Milk and dairy products
  3. Eggs and egg products
  4. Honey
If the food is a product of animal origin - and not on a composite product certificate, the country of manufacture must also have an EU Approved Residue Control Plan for the animal origin ingredient (except where the animal origin ingredient is present only in small amounts for technical purposes).

If the food is a composite product - the country of origin of the individual animal products must have a relevant approved residue control plan but the country of manufacture of the composite product does not have to.

More Information

Read our guide to veterinary residues to find out how to check whether your food complies with the residue requirements

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