Data mis­in­ter­preted

Down to Earth - - LETTERS -

I read with in­ter­est the anal­y­sis on an­tibi­otic residue in chicken ("Hatch­ing su­per­bugs", Au­gust 1-15, 2014). I found that the data pub­lished in the ar­ti­cle is not in­ter­preted vis-a-vis in­ter­na­tional rec­om­mended lim­its. The per­mis­si­ble limit as per norms of the Euro­pean Union (EU) or the US Food and Drug Ad­min­is­tra­tion (FDA) is ex­pressed in parts per mil­lion, or PPM. The re­sults in the ar­ti­cle are ex­pressed in mi­cro­gram per kg. If this unit is con­verted into PPM, the value for an­tibi­otic con­tent is well within the per­mis­si­ble limit as per EU and FDA guide­lines. In a nutshell, the is­sue has been ex­ag­ger­ated and can mis­lead the pub­lic. Another im­por­tant point on the trans­mis­sion of an­tibi­otics

to the food chain, which is miss­ing in the ar­ti­cle, is the dis­sem­i­na­tion of an­tibi­oti­claced poul­try feed and fae­cal mat­ter dis­charged from poul­try farms into the soil and wa­ter.

Y ASHOK BABU

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