Ve­teri­nary drugs tied to obe­sity

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWS CAPSULE -

Ve­teri­nary an­tibi­otics in­gested by hu­mans in the form of tainted food and drink­ing wa­ter have been linked to child­hood obe­sity by re­searchers at Shang­haibased Fu­dan Univer­sity.

The dis­cov­ery, re­cently pub­lished in the United States sci­en­tific jour­nal En­vi­ron­ment In­ter­na­tional, came as a re­sult of five years of study by a team work­ing at the univer­sity’s Education Min­istry-des­ig­nated pub­lic health se­cu­rity lab­o­ra­tory and its Col­lege of Pub­lic Health.

“We be­lieve that the ve­teri­nary an­tibi­otics mainly en­ter the hu­man body through con­tam­i­nated wa­ter and food,” said Wang Hex­ing, one of the team’s lead re­searchers.

Sun Guo­gen, an in­for­ma­tion of­fi­cer at Fu­dan Univer­sity’s Col­lege of Pub­lic Health, re­it­er­ated that the re­search found no as­so­ci­a­tion be­tween obe­sity and the an­tibi­otics de­signed for hu­man use.

Ac­cord­ing to Wang, the amount of an­tibi­otics used in China reached 162,000 tons in 2013, ac­count­ing for roughly half of global con­sump­tion. Around 52 per­cent is used for ve­teri­nary pur­poses and more than 50,000 tons are dis­charged into the en­vi­ron­ment through the soil and wa­ter, he said.

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