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National Residue Control Programme

  1. National Residue Control Plan (NRCP) is a statutory requirement for exporting to EU countries. Under NRCP, definite sampling schedule and sampling strategies are drawn every year for monitoring the residues of substances like Antibacterial/Veterinary Medicinal Products and Environmental Contaminants. Samples are collected from aquaculture farms, processing plants, hatcheries and feed-mills of different maritime states and tested for the presence of any residue/contaminant of following substances:

    Group A - Substances having anabolic effect and unauthorized substances:
    • Stilbenes (Diethyl stilbesterol)
    • Steroids (Estradiol & Progesterone)
    • Chloramphenicol, Nitrofurans and Nitroimidazoles

    Group B - Veterinary drugs and Environmental contaminants:
    • Antibacterial substances: Tetracyclines with 4-Epimers, Sulphadiazine, Quinolones/Fluro-quinolones,
    • Other Veterinary drugs: Anthelmintics (Ivermectin/Emamectin) 

      Environmental contaminants:

      • Organo-chlorine pesticides including Isomers of DDT, BHC, Chlordanes, Aldrin, Dieldrin, Heptachlor, Endrin, HCB.
      • Non- Dioxin like PCBs.
      • Chemical Elements: Mercury/Arsenic/Cadmium/Lead
    • Mycotoxins – Aflatoxin B1 & B2.
    • Dyes –Malachite green & Leuco-malachite green.

Following are the other residue monitoring/control programmes undertaken by MPEDA QC Laboratories:

  1. Monitoring of Pesticide Residues at National Level (MPRNL):- This is an ongoing project funded by Dept. of Agriculture (MoA). The samples of inland fishes, crustaceans and marine crustaceans from all the maritime states are analysed for organo-chlorine pesticides residues at MPEDA QC Lab. Kochi.
  2. Monitoring of Cadmium content in Cephalopods:- The cephalopods (cuttle-fish/squid/octopus) caught along the West and East coasts of India are tested for monitoring the levels of Cadmium content by MPEDA,QC Laboratory (Kochi)
  3. Monitoring of radio nuclides in fishes:- Samples are collected from  different regions and forwarded to BARC-Mumbai, for  analysis of radio nuclide (Cs 137)
  4. Testing of commercial samples (including samples from ELISA Laboratories): - for residues/contaminants listed under Group A & Group B above.
  5. Testing of Ethoxyquin:-Feed samples collected by Regional /Sub Regional Centers of MPEDA are being analysed by  MPEDA,QC Laboratory (Kochi).