Leaflet to reduce nicarbazin in British poultry

05-03-2009 | |

The Food Standards Agency, British Poultry Council, National Farmers’ Union and Veterinary Medicines Directorate have produced a leaflet to help farm owners, their managers and workers reduce nicarbazin residues in chicken through better feed storage and distribution management systems.

Nicarbazin is a medicated feed additive used to treat a the poultry disease coccidiosis.

The leaflet will be emailed to farmers and can be printed out as a poster. It was produced following the publication of the joint government and industry report ’Reducing the incidence and levels of nicarbazin residues in British chicken’ in May 2008.

The key guidelines in the leaflet are:
– Order and use precisely the required amount of feed containing nicarbazin.
– If practical, run the feed bin empty at the end of the grower stage.
– At least 5 days before the birds go to slaughter, ensure feed bins are empty of feed containing nicarbazin. Completely empty the bin when switching to feed that doesn’t contain nicarbazin. Failure to empty bins will result in a higher risk of residues.
– Ensure no residual feed from previous crops or another farm is given to birds five days prior to slaughter.
– Sign up for the Elanco training sessions on residue reduction and avoidance by emailing the Elanco Poultry Support team at eps@lilly.com.

Source: Food Standards Agency

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The leaflet

Food Standards Agency

British Poultry Council

National Farmers’ Union

Veterinary Medicines Directorate

Natalie Berkhout Freelance journalist