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Some countries have different tests and levels allowed for antibiotic residues in meat and offal compared to Australia. Products being exported have an ESI (export slaughter interval) - which is like the With hold period but for export products. In many cases the ESI is the same time as the With hold period - BUT not always.


At the moment the ESI does not appear on all labels - and there is a chance with time the interval time may change.



Recently a trace of Oxytetracycline antibiotic was found in Australian meat when it was tested in Russia. Russia is Australia's fourth biggest market for meat. As well as increasing ESI to 90 days, producers must declare on the NVD that cattle are "Russia Eligible".


WHICH PRODUCTS DOES THIS APPLY TO? The products affected by this change most commonly used by our clients include:

Engemycin Bivatop Mastalone mastitis treatment Utozyme pessaries Pink eye spray - not ointment There is a full list at

HOW TO FILL OUT A NVD - From SAFEMEAT Australia To meet Russian market access requirements SAFEMEAT is implementing a 90 day provisional Russian Export Slaughter Interval (ESI) for products and feed containing oxytetracycline or chlortetracycline - effective from January 2012. Producers must now declare the status of their livestock against this ESI correctly completing the LPA NVD. Producers who don't use products or feed containing oxytetracycline or comply with the 90 days ESI must write the words "Russian eligible" on the LPA NVD under question 9 for cattle, Question 8 for EU cattle and question 7 for sheep. Where "Russian eligible" is written on the LPA NVD it means the livestock have not bee injected with or ingested feed products containing oxytetracycline and chlortetracycline in the last 90 days. Detection of oxytetracycline or chlortetracycline residues in meat or offal in Russia will result in the meat processor, and potentially Australia being banned from that market. Russia is Australia's fourth most important market.

Some animal health treatments containing oxytetracycline or chlortetracycline are being assessed for lower slaughter intervals. Product updates will be published on the safemeat website when they are available. The full list of ESI of all products is available on this site. 


If you have an effected animal which needs to be sold in less than 90 days, talk to your agent or local abattoir



Talk to a veterinarian to assess if there are other drugs which may be used instead.



One of the most important ways of keeping on top of ESI's (and other quality assurance programs) is good records. Every time you treat an animal with any type of medication, it is a good idea to note down tag number, medication, amount given, withholding periods, ESI's and batch and expiry dates. Setting this information up in a spread sheet or notebook gives you something to refer back to when filling out NVDs etc.