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Vet. Sci. 2019, 6(1), 1;

Simultaneous Quantitative Detection of Six Families of Antibiotics in Honey Using A Biochip Multi-Array Technology

Department of Veterinary Medicine, University of Bari Aldo Moro, strada Provinciale per Casamassima km 3, 70010 Valenzano (BA), Italy
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Received: 29 November 2018 / Revised: 19 December 2018 / Accepted: 24 December 2018 / Published: 28 December 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Italian Society of the Veterinary Sciences SISVet 2018)
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Chemical residues of veterinary drugs such as streptomycin, chloramphenicol, macrolides, sulphonamides, tetracyclines, quinolones and aminoglycosides and other contaminants such as pesticides and heavy metals have been found in honey, leading to concerns for human health. Indeed, there is a growing interest in their presence and persistence in the environment because low levels of antibiotics may favour the proliferation of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Moreover, antibiotics present in honey may produce residues in foodstuffs, causing adverse effects on humans such as allergic reactions, toxic effects and damage to the central nervous systems. For food and health/safety reasons, antibiotic drugs are not authorized for the treatment of honey bees in the EU, even though these antimicrobial drugs have been approved in many third-party countries. For this reason, contaminated honey products can still be found in European markets. Therefore, there is a need to develop a precise, accurate and sensitive analytical method that may be used to simply and rapidly detect these compounds in honey. The aim of our study was to detect the presence of antibiotics in Apulian honey using the Anti-Microbial array II (AM II) as an innovative screening method to test the health quality of honey and honey products. View Full-Text
Keywords: antibiotic residues; biochip; honey; multi-array antibiotic residues; biochip; honey; multi-array

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Barrasso, R.; Bonerba, E.; Savarino, A.E.; Ceci, E.; Bozzo, G.; Tantillo, G. Simultaneous Quantitative Detection of Six Families of Antibiotics in Honey Using A Biochip Multi-Array Technology. Vet. Sci. 2019, 6, 1.

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