Nitrofurans are a broad spectrum antibiotic that can be used by humans and animals to fight bacterial infections. Nitrofurans bind to cell macromolecules when they are metabolized. This bind is very stable and nitrofurans do not degrade with processing (such as cooking and grilling).
Banned in Food in the U.S. and EU.
The US FDA Import Alert 16-129 contained 38 firms from Bangladesh(1), China(1), India(6), Indonesia(2), Malaysia(27) and Thailand(1) (6/22/16) for nitrofurans. On April 18th, 2016 the FDA made an announcement that 1/3 of shrimp and prawn shipments from Malaysia in 2015 contained the residues nitrofurans and/or chloramphenicol.
Since 2002, the EU equivalent to FDA Import Alerts, RASSF, has had over 800 notifications for nitrofurans in food and feed.
0.05 µg/kg (ppb)
Foods and Animal Feed
Minimum Sample Size:
5 Business Days
This test is covered in AGQ USA's ISO/IEC 17025:2005 accreditation scope.