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Down to Earth - - LETTERS -

As men­tioned in the story, CSE tested raw chicken meat sam­ples avail­able in NCR. CSE's study points to large-scale, non-ther­a­peu­tic an­tibi­otic use in the In­dian poul­try in­dus­try which could be con­tribut­ing to in­creas­ing reser­voirs of resistant bac­te­ria that can get trans­mit­ted to hu­mans through the en­vi­ron­ment, di­rect con­tact and food. The is­sue is beyond an­tibi­otic residue in chicken and those who eat the meat. We need to curb the prac­tice of in­dis­crim­i­nate use of an­tibi­otics in the first place. Cur­rent In­dian reg­u­la­tions are largely in­ad­e­quate to ad­dress the is­sue of an­tibi­otic re­sis­tance.

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