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Frick G.,Agroscope Liebefeld Posieux Research Station | Boschung H.,Agroscope Liebefeld Posieux Research Station | Schulz-Schroeder G.,Chemisches und Veterinaruntersuchungsamt Rhein Ruhr Wupper CVUA RRW | Russ G.,Chemisches und Veterinaruntersuchungsamt Rhein Ruhr Wupper CVUA RRW | And 5 more authors.
Biotechnology, Agronomy and Society and Environment | Year: 2011

In 2005, the Swiss official feed inspection of Agroscope Liebefield-Posieux Research Station (ALP) was mandated to check bird feed and raw materials for the presence of Ambrosia sp. seeds. Indeed, such seeds were found in varying amounts when analyzed in the feed microscopy laboratory. The producers were informed, and a limit of intervention (50 mg.kg1 ≈ 9 to 10 seedskg 1) was finally set for this undesirable component. The results of five years of controls show, at first, around 50% of contaminated samples. With appropriate measures, the level of contamination could be lowered in the following years. In parallel, the size of Ambrosia sp. seeds and the sieves to be used for routine analyses were checked. Ambrosia sp. seeds found in feed checked in Switzerland were seldom larger ("wider") than 3.5 mm and never smaller than 1.5 mm. Several EU Member States started their own control and monitoring programs. The results of studies from Germany, Slovenia and Denmark, presented by their feed microscopists at the IAG meetings, indicate the presence of Ambrosia sp. seeds in 21 to 75% of the products put on the market. Source

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