Title: An inter-laboratory validation of a multiplex dipstick assay for four classes of antibiotics in honey
Authors: HEINRICH KatharinaMACARTHUR RoyVON HOLST ChristophSHARMAN Matthew
Citation: ANALYTICAL AND BIOANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY vol. 405 no. 24 p. 7875–7884
Publisher: SPRINGER HEIDELBERG
Publication Year: 2013
JRC N°: JRC79609
ISSN: 1618-2642
URI: http://rd.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs00216-013-7070-3
http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC79609
DOI: 10.1007/s00216-013-7070-3
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: In this paper, we report the inter-laboratory validation (ILV) of a recently developed indirect competitive multiplex dipstick (Bee4sensor®) which is capable of the simultaneous detection of residues of some of the most frequently detected antibiotic residues in honey: sulfonamides, tylosin, fluoroquinolones and chloramphenicol. The multi-sensor dipstick can be interpreted via visual observation or by an instrumental measurement of four test lines. Statistical analysis of the ILV data demonstrated that the multi-sensor can reliably detect the presence of sulfathiazole at 25 μg kg−1 and tylosin at 10 μg kg−1, which fully meet the ‘recommended concentrations’ of the EU. Ciprofloxacin and chloramphenicol can be detected at 25 and 5 μg kg−1 in honey, respectively. Whilst the concentration for chloramphenicol is above the EU minimum required performance limit of 0.3 μg kg−1, this part of the multiplex test may still be of use to both the industry and enforcement authorities, to provide an early warning of contaminated honey. The estimated false-negative and false-positive rates for this easy-to-use and robust assay were less than 5 %.
JRC Directorate:Health, Consumers and Reference Materials

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