Curb on an­tibi­otic use for poul­try growth

Down to Earth - - THE FORTNIGHT - A RE­CENT

draft or­der of the Food Safety and Stan­dards Author­ity of In­dia has pro­posed to curb the use of an­tibi­otics as a growth pro­moter in poul­try in In­dia. In­di­ans are de­vel­op­ing re­sis­tance to an­tibi­otics and are fall­ing prey to a host of oth­er­wise cur­able ail­ments.

This might be due to large-scale un­reg­u­lated use of an­tibi­otics in the poul­try and meat in­dus­try. The or­der cov­ers im­ported prod­ucts as well. This means it would re­strict the im­port of chicken from the US where huge amounts of an­tibi­otics are known to be used in poul­try farm­ing. The or­der is­sues di­rec­tions to en­sure com­pli­ance to di­rec­tors and com­mis­sion­ers of an­i­mal hus­bandry de­part­ments of states and Union ter­ri­to­ries.

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