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Zilpaterol feed contamination: latest update and advice


Investigations continue in relation to this matter by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM) and France Galop. The International Federation of Horseracing Authorities (IFHA) have also referred the matter to an expert scientific panel of the IFHA advisory council on prohibited substances and practices for guidance. Work continues across Britain, France and Ireland in conjunction with our respective laboratories to understand what has occurred in relation to the GAIN feed contamination issue.

Whilst technical discussions are ongoing, we are satisfied that the laboratories have been operating in accordance with the performance standard expected, with appropriate detection capability operating across all three matrices of blood, hair and urine for zilpaterol. 

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