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Food poisoning by clenbuterol in Portugal

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This paper describes the occurrence of four cases of acute food poisoning, involving a total of 50 people, due to the ingestion of lamb and bovine meat containing residues of clenbuterol. Symptoms shown by the intoxicated people may be generally described as gross tremors of the extremities, tachycardia, nausea, headaches and dizziness. Analytical methodology developed for the determination of clenbuterol in meat, liver and blood samples is described. Procedures are described which should be followed when the described symptoms are evident in a group of people who have ingested contaminated meat, and particularly liver of ruminants.
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Keywords: Clenbuterol; animal products; human poisoning; veterinary drug residues

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Laboratório Nacional de Investigação Veterinária, Lisboa, Portugal 2: Centro de Saúde de Ourém, Serviço de Saúde Pública, Ourém, Portugal 3: Serviço de Medicina II, Hospitais da Universidade de Coimbra – Faculdade de Medicina Universidade de Coimbra, Portugal 4: Centro de Saúde de Ovar, Portugal 5: Delegação de Saúde de Peso da Régua, Portugal 6: Grupo de Bromatologia – Centro de Estudos Farmacêuticos, Faculdade de Farmácia da Universidade de Coimbra, 300–295 Coimbra, Portugal

Publication date: June 1, 2005

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