In­dia's lax at­ti­tude

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The Bureau of In­dian Stan­dards (BIS) rec­om­mends not us­ing sys­temic an­tibi­otics in poul­try feed. The rec­om­men­da­tion is vol­un­tary and does not ex­tend to gutact­ing an­tibi­otics, which BIS planned to cover by 2012


The Food Safety and Stan­dards Au­thor­ity of In­dia (FSSAI) sets max­i­mum residue lim­its for four an­tibi­otics in sea food and pro­hibits the use of cer­tain oth­ers in seafood pro­cess­ing units. It does not pre­scribe stan­dards for do­mes­tic poul­try in­dus­try.

The na­tional pol­icy on con­tain­ment of an­timi­cro­bial re­sis­tance is fi­nalised but does not fo­cus on an­tibi­otic re­sis­tance em­a­nat­ing from the large-scale use of an­tibi­otics in an­i­mals


The Di­rec­torate Gen­eral of Health Ser­vices is­sues a cir­cu­lar, ask­ing state drug con­trollers to en­sure that the with­drawal pe­riod of drugs meant for poul­try and live­stock are men­tioned on packet. While it talks about reg­u­lat­ing drugs, an­tibi­otics as feed sup­ple­ment re­main out of its purview.

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