New bovine proficiency test launched

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New bovine proficiency test launched
Concerns over hormone misuse in beef cattle has led to the introduction of new proficiency tests from Fapas, the proficiency testing arm of Fera.

The new tests are designed to assist laboratories in assessing their ability to identify and quantify these substances.

Fapas launched the proficiency tests for estradiol and testosterone in bovine serum and synthetic hormones such as alpha-boldenone, nortestosterone and methyltestosterone in bovine urine.

The new tests expand the range of proficiency tests offered by Fapas, including those for veterinary medicines, which support the meat industry in protecting consumers from contaminants and potentially dangerous levels of other substances.

It explains that at natural levels in beef cattle, estradiol, testosterone, alpha-boldenone, oestradiol and nortestosterone do not pose a problem. However, these hormones may be artificially elevated in beef cattle by producers to promote growth and gain a market advantage. The gender of the animal is important in determining natural hormones, but detections in the wrong gender of animal, or unusually high levels in the right gender of animal can indicate misuse.

Mark Sykes, scientific advisor of proficiency testing for Fapas, explained: “The development of the proficiency tests for hormones in bovine urine and bovine serum illustrate our deep commitment to providing support to the meat industry in ensuring that it has robust testing procedures in place to detect elevated hormone levels in beef.”

Sarah Hasnip, head of Fapas at Fera, added: “We continue to pay attention to the valuable feedback provide by our customers and industry experts. Proficiency testing is a vital tool in ensuring the reliability and quality of analytical results, giving our customers the confidence to make important decisions, knowing the analytical data has been independently assessed.

“Our accreditation to ISO/IEC 17043 and 30-year history as a proficiency testing provider means that laboratories can rest assured that they are working with a global leader in food quality assurance.”

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