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DOST Funds Research On Antibiotic Residues in Chicken Meat

Facade of SPC laboratory where the research will be conducted (Photo from SPC Facebook page)

The Department of Science and Technology-Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (DOST-PCHRD) approves funding of San Pedro College's research on the screening and quantification of antimicrobial residues in chicken meat and tissues using Microbial Inhibition Assay and Enzyme-link Immunosorbent Assay (ELISA). 

The project will detect chicken meat that exhibited microbial inhibition and will record the amount of antibiotic residue level of chicken samples. In animal production and protection, antibiotics are used to prevent and treat several diseases and promote growth in food-producing animals. The availability of rapid and feasible detections of antimicrobial residues in chicken meat and tissues sold in public and private markets in Davao City will also secure the safety of food consumed by the residents. 

The DOST financial grant worth ₱950,000 will help run the project for 12 months. The funds will cover expenses such as supplies and materials, utilities, facilities and equipment, equipment services, and personal services rendered by scientists and project assistants. 

The project is funded through the Regional Research Fund (RRF), facilitated by the Regional Health Research and Development Consortium (RHRDC), the regional arm of DOST-PCHRD. The RRF is provided to encourage researchers to pursue health research activities within the region. As an active RHRDC member, SPC continuously seeks collaborative health research initiatives in Davao Region. 

DOST XI will monitor the project implementation on behalf of the RHRDC-XI. 

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