DCGI cir­cu­lar on poul­try feed

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THE DRUGS Con­troller Gen­eral of In­dia (DCGI) has ad­mit­ted that non-ther­a­peu­tic use of an­tibi­otics is ram­pant in poul­try and cat­tle feed. It has asked drug con­trollers in all states and Union Ter­ri­to­ries to en­sure that an­i­mal feed does not con­tain an­tibi­otics. DCGI had is­sued sim­i­lar in­struc­tions in June. The lat­est cir­cu­lar fol­lows a let­ter by the Union Min­is­ter for Women and Child De­vel­op­ment, Maneka Gandhi, to the Union health min­is­ter high­light­ing the prob­lem. The let­ter cited re­cent find­ings by Delhi-based non-profit Cen­tre for Sci­ence and En­vi­ron­ment that say poul­try farm­ers use an­tibi­otics to in­crease meat pro­duc­tion.

VIKAS CHOUD­HARY / CSE

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