The use of a banned substance for use in food producing animals has been investigated by the Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD) for the Veterinary Residues Committee.
Traces of chloramphenicol – the banned veterinary medicine – were thought to be found in royal jelly supplements, such as in tablets and capsules as well as the fresh form, the Food Standards Agency reports.
Products containing high concentrations of royal jelly were tested by the VMD.
However, the results of the research have declared that the risks would be extremely small from such small traces, although residues of chloramphenicol were found in 18 of 71 tested samples.
Companies producing the affected products have been notified by the FSA.
Royal jelly is created by bees to aid the nourishment of the queen bee.
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