The Department provides this service to help protect domestic and international markets for Queensland agricultural product from risks posed by residues of agricultural chemical and veterinary medicines.
The Department carries out tests on meat other animal products and animal feed for pesticide and antibiotic residues, plant material, fruits and vegetables for pesticide residue. Where necessary, field officers will investigate sources of contamination and assist with elimination processes, which can involve quarantine of a property. This service is part of the National Antibiotic Residue Minimisation (NARM) Program and the National Residue Survey and Biosecurity Queensland programs for the control of antibiotic and pesticide residues in Queensland fruits and vegetables and meat products. Testing of cattle dips used to control cattle ticks is done in conjunction with Biosecurity Queensland stock inspectors to ensure that cattle dips remain at the correct strength for maximum effectiveness and to reduce issues related to tick resistance and chemical residues in stock.