India’s health ministry moves to limit antibiotics in meat
The health ministry has proposed to limit the maximum amount of antibiotics that can be used in meat and meat products to ensure that antibiotic residue in food from animals does not threaten human health. The ministry’s decision follows studies indicating that India’s antimicrobial resistance problem is expected to worsen due to overuse of antibiotics in animals reared for consumption.
The ministry has specified the maximum permissible limits of various antibiotics in meat products, including chicken, in its latest amendments to the Food Safety and Standards (Contaminants, Toxins & Residues) Regulations, 2011. For instance, the amendments prescribe the maximum permissible limits of 37 antibiotics and 67 other veterinary drugs for chicken, the ministry stated in a release.
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