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Indian poultry farming and global superbugs

  • 5 Feb 12:30

Intensive poultry farming and the widespread use of antibiotics in India has come under renewed criticism this week following the publication of a report by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism. The study found evidence of considerable use of the antibiotic colistin, which is described by the World Health Organisation as “critically important to human medicine”. The WHO has said it should be restricted in animals and banned as growth promoters. Yet, the report found thousands of tonnes of veterinary colistin were shipped to countries including Vietnam, South Korea, Russia and India in 2016 and 5 animal pharmaceutical companies in India are. Read more...