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Fera's food safety experts can detect and quantify residues from avermectins in a range of food products, including: fish, red meat, and milk, and corned beef, among others.

Avermectins are a group of veterinary medicines which are effective against a range of worms and parasites. These parasites are known to cause significant livestock production losses throughout the world. Within this screen, Fera’s scientists check for the presence of the following avermectin residues: Abamectin, Doramectin, Emamectin, Eprinomectin, Ivermectin, and Moxidectin.

Regulatory limits strictly control the use of avermectins, with maximum residue limits (MRLs) being defined in Commission Regulation (EU) 37/2010 (or as amended), by individual avermectins, for a range of food producing species. MRLs have been set in muscle, kidney, liver, fat / skin and milk. Fera’s Veterinary residues scientists can provide the evidence required by regulators to verify that the levels of avermectins within your food products are compliant.

Analyses of your samples are undertaken using a method based on liquid chromatography–fluorescence spectroscopy (HPLC-FL) to accurately quantify any avermectin residues present. The method has been validated in accordance with the principles set out in Commission Decision 2002/657/EC, for most analyte/matrix combinations. Analysis is accredited to ISO17025 by the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS). Fera screening procedures for food samples help protect your brand from costly product recalls, whether you are a supplier, importer, or wholesaler.

Submitting your Sample

When submitting your sample please include the food sample submission form to allow us to process your samples efficiently. Failure to send a sample submission form may result in a delay of your sample being tested.

Download the food sample submission form here.





Sample Information

200 - 250g irrespective of the number of analyses required

Minimum Sample Quantity (Batch Size)


Analytes Included in Screen


Turnaround Time

10 working days

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