Monday, April 18, 2011

Government to Cap antibiotic use for Poultry, Fish & Shrimp

India - The Government is to introduce a cap on the use of antibiotics and ban some products altogether in poultry, shrimp and fish during production in order to tackle the problem of antibiotic resistance in human pathogens. Antibiotic shots used at will to make chickens fatter or shrimps bigger will be regulated soon, reports Times of India.

For the first time, National Policy for Containment of Antimicrobial Resistance has put a cap on how much antibiotics can be pumped into seafood or poultry products, including shrimps, prawns or fish and fishery products.

The policy has named common antibiotics like tetracycline, oxytetracycline, trimethoprim and oxolinic acid, and clearly mentioned it 'shall not exceed the prescribed tolerance limit'. The use of over 20 antibiotics or pharmacologically active substances has been prohibited in seafood and poultry products. Read more ...

This blog is written by Martin Little The Aquaculturists, published and supported by the International Aquafeed Magazine from Perendale Publishers

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