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Chemical residues and contaminants in food-producing animals

Queensland has a reputation for high-quality, clean and healthy food production.

To safeguard this reputation, the Queensland Government regulates the use of agricultural chemicals and veterinary chemicals. We also monitor agricultural inputs - such as fertilisers, animal feeds, and plant and animal produce - to ensure that chemical residues and contaminants do not exceed maximum permitted levels.

This guide provides information on common causes of residues and contaminants, and how to manage the signs in food-producing animals.