Special Issue "Trends in Veterinary Drug Analysis: Multiresidue and Omic Approaches"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 December 2018)
Dr. Patricia Regal
Department of Analytical Chemistry, Nutrition, and Bromatology, Faculty of Veterinary Science, University of Santiago de Compostela, Lugo, Spain
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Interests: food safety; analytical chemistry; growth promoters; steroids; hormones; veterinary drugs; mycotoxins; chromatography; mass spectrometry; profiling; omics; metabolomics; bioinformatics; molecularly imprinted polymers; food-borne pathogens
Prof. Dr. Carlos M. Franco
Department of Analytical Chemistry, Nutrition and Bromatology, Faculty of Veterinary Science, University of Santiago de Compostela, 27002-Lugo, Spain
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Interests: food safety; analytical chemistry; food microbiology; antimicrobial resistant bacteria; food-borne pathogens; transcriptomics; genotyping; chromatography; mass spectrometry; biofilms; antimicrobial detection; Microbiome
In the face of actual increasing demand for food worldwide, small farms are slowly disappearing, only to be replaced by large commercial farms and intensive productive systems. In this context, the rational use of veterinary drugs in stockfarming has greatly contributed to achieving current high production rates of food of animal origin, along with considerable profits. Veterinary drugs are pharmacologically active substances that may be administered to animals in order to maintain and/or to restore an optimal health status, or for zootechnical purposes. Their major applications in farm animals include: treatment of infection, pain relief, control of inflammation, immunity modulation, tranquilization and/or sedation, parasitic control, fertility management, or growth promotion, amongst others. Strictly, veterinary drugs can also be administered to sports, companion, or wild animals, but this application is not as important as in animal husbandry in terms of food safety—at least not directly.
The use of veterinary drugs in food-producing animals has the potential to generate residues in their edible products (meat, milk, eggs, and honey), and in this sense the administration of these compounds must be controlled and monitored, as residues may pose a health hazard for the consumer. Accordingly, maximum residue limits in different animal-derived products are frequently established by regulatory agencies for permitted drugs. In the case of banned compounds, such as growth promoters in EU, a zero-tolerance policy is applied. In order to measure the low residue levels that are usually found in food and animal matrices, highly selective, sensitive, and accurate methodology is required. Analytical methods for veterinary residue analysis have evolved greatly in the last decades, in parallel to the large number of drugs existing on the veterinary market. On the basis of this , multi-residue/multi-class methods have grown exponentially, including also profiling approaches and the determination of unknowns (omics) for the indirect detection of drug administration.
This Special Issue welcomes original research and reviews of literature on modern solutions for monitoring veterinary drugs in food, including the determination of permitted and banned drugs, but also other borderline compounds such as natural hormones and pro-hormones. Contributions must reflect the state-of-the-art on the topic, and analytical methods must be properly validated according to official guidelines. The final goal of this compilation of scientific papers is to serve as inspiration and source of knowledge for future analysts and residue laboratories worldwide. Potential topics include, but are not limited to:
- Multi-analyte, multi-residue, and/or multi-class analytical methods in food and/or animal matrices (food safety and control in vivo)
- Novel “omics” technologies (metabolomics, proteomics, transcriptomics, lipidomics...)
- Profiling and similar indirect approaches
- Trends in screening solutions
- Reviews of literature on modern solutions
Dr. Patricia Regal
Dr. Carlos M. Franco
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- veterinary drug
- growth promoter
- analytical method
- mass spectrometry
- food safety