Validation of the tetrasensor honey test kit for the screening of tetracyclines in honey

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    Regarding anti-infectious agents, no maximum residue limits are fixed for honey in the European legislation. Discussions are being conducted in order to set working limits at the European level; for example, for tetracyclines, 20 microg/kg was proposed. The Tetrasensor Honey test kit is a receptor-based assay using dipsticks for a rapid screening (30 min) of honey on the presence of tetracyclines. The test was validated according to Commission Decision 2002/657/EC. The test detects tetracycline, oxytetracycline, chlortetracycline, and doxycycline in honey in a specific and sensitive way. Depending on the type of tetracycline, detection capabilities (CCbeta) between 6 and 12 microg/kg were obtained (4-7 microg/kg for dried dipsticks). The test is rugged and participation with the test in an international ring trial gave compliant results. It can be concluded that the Tetrasensor Honey test kit is a simple and reliable test that can even be used at the production site.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalJournal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
    Issue number21
    Pages (from-to)8359-8366
    Number of pages8
    Publication statusPublished - 2007


    • Drug Residues
    • Honey
    • Reagent Strips
    • Reproducibility of Results
    • Sensitivity and Specificity
    • Tetracyclines


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