CSE's recommendations to control antibiotic use in poultry industry gets support from the medical fraternity

The food authority also begins to act

  • Doctors from across the country are demanding ban on use of antibiotics in food industry

  • Indian Medical Association (IMA) recognises the ‘strong link’ between antibiotic misuse and overuse in chickens with antibiotic resistance in humans; demands ban on antibiotics for growth promotion and mass disease prevention

  • The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India agrees to review the regulatory gaps; state food commissioners agree to start surveillance 

New Delhi, August 1, 2014: A day after Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) released its study that has revealed the extent of misuse and overuse of antibiotics in chicken production and its likely contribution to the growing problem of antibiotic resistance in India, Indian Medical Association (IMA) has demanded an immediate ban on antibiotic use as growth promoters and for prevention purpose in the poultry industry. 

The IMA, a reputed non-government body of doctors in India, has echoed the recommendations given by CSE. Some of these include allowing antibiotic use only to treat sick birds, ban on use of antibiotics in the industry which are critical for humans, and the need to regulate availability of antibiotics and feed supplements. Highlighting the gaps in Indian regulations, the IMA also stressed on the importance of systems to monitor antibiotic use and resistance.   

“The problem was long suspected by public health experts; our study has provided evidence of the strong linkage between antibiotic resistance and antibiotic misuse in food-producing animals such as chicken. Now, the medical community and IMA have come up and strongly supported our viewpoint. It will help address the cause,” says Chandra Bhushan, deputy director general, CSE. 

In another development, the Central Advisory Committee of the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) met today. The Committee comprises of State Food Safety Commissioners. The Chairperson of the FSSAI, K Chandramouli, brought the matter of antibiotics misuse in the poultry industry to the attention of the Central Advisory Committee. The Committee concurs that the matter is important. It was agreed that states will start surveillance on the issue; the FSSAI has also agreed to review the regulatory gaps. 

For example, the Bureau of Indian Standards’ poultry feed specifications (1374:2007) recommends not using antibiotics as growth promoters in feed – but these standards are not mandatory. Similarly, the Food Safety and Standards (contaminants, toxins and residues) Regulations, 2011 does not apply to the poultry industry; it has set maximum residue limits on four antibiotics for sea foods (for a complete list of such regulatory gaps, please visit http://www.downtoearth.org.in/themes/DTE/hatching_superbugs/factsheets/factsheet%204.pdf).

Says Bhushan: “CSE believes that this is first step in the right direction.  The regulatory vacuum is the primary reason why the poultry industry is rampantly misusing antibiotics. CSE has started writing to various Central and state government functionaries highlighting the concerns and the action that needs to be taken to address this major public health issue.”




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Press Release in Hindi
Date: July 30, 2014

सीएसई के प्रदूषण निगरानी प्रयोगशाला के हालिया अध्यन में चिकन में एंटीबायोटिक अवशेषों का पता चला है

Findings of select studies on antibiotic resistance
Media Clippings

By: Amit Khurana
Hindustan Times, August 2, 2014

Ban antibiotics in Indian poultry sector

says IMA - Jagran Post Editorial, culled from press release, August 2

Antibiotics in chicken meat: CSE demands proper regulation

PTI, culled from press release, August 2

Rein in use of antibiotics in animals: Indian Medical Association

TNN, August 1, 2014

IMA calls for strict action to prevent antibiotic misuse

Bindu Shajan Perappadan,
The Hindu, August 1, 2014

IMA demands ban on use of antibiotics for growth promotion

Business Standard, August 1, 2014

Farm to fork, our food is becoming a toxic cocktail

Hindustan Times, August 1, 2014

WHIPLASH: Time to stop 'medicating' our chickens

Ashwin Ahmad, Mail Today, August 1, 2014

Curb Unhealthy Practices in Poultry Industry

New Indian Express, August 1, 2014

Antibiotics and chicken: All you need to know

The New Age, New Zealand, July 31, 2014

IMA demands ban on use of antibiotics for growth promotion in poultry

IndiaTV, August 1, 2014

Study claims antibiotic-fed poultry is harming consumers

World Poultry, August 1, 2014

Indian Advocacy Body Seeks Ban on Antibiotics in Poultry

Jagdish Kumar, The Poultry Site, July 31, 2014

Study: Antibiotic-fed poultry harming consumers

Allaboutfeed.net, July 31, 2014

How much antibiotics do Indians consume with 240 cr chicken a year?

G. Pramod Kumar, July 31, 2014

Chicken lovers beware: Breeders in India use antibiotics to make birds fatter

FP staff, July 31, 2014

Eating chicken could make you immune to antibiotics: CSE report

TNN, July 31, 2014

Antibiotic-fed poultry harming consumers

IANS, July 31, 2014

Delhi: Antibiotic residues found in 40 pc chicken samples

CNN-IBN, July 31, 2014

Adulteration Alert: How Antibiotic-Fed Chicken May be Harming You

NDTV cooks, July 31, 2014

Eating chicken could make you resistant to antibiotics. Here’s why

Firstbiz staff, July 31, 2014

Study finds antibiotic residues in poultry

Zee News, July 31, 2014

Antibiotics and chicken: All you need to know

TNN, July 31, 2014

Chicken could make you resistant to antibiotics, finds new study

HT, July 31, 2014

Overmedicated chicken new health threat

Mail Today, July 31, 2014

Beware of the chicken you consume, it might contain antibiotics

DNA, July 31, 2014

Revealed: Chicken could make you resistant to antibiotics

India TV News Desk, July 31, 2014

Antibiotic residues in chicken found by CSE’s pollution monitoring lab

Ashwani Maindola, July 31, 2014

Antibiotics in your chicken!

The Hindu, Bindu Shajan Perappadan

Eating chicken could make you immune to antibiotics


Antibiotics-Laden Chickens May be Pushing up India's Resistance to Drugs, Warns Report

NDTV, Sidharth Pandey

1 in every 2 chickens in India contaminated by antibiotics, says study by CSE

DNA, Mayank Aggarwal

Beware of the chicken you consume, it might contain antibiotic

DNA, DNA Correspondent – talks about how both non-vegetarians and vegetarians are at risk and proposed CSE study on milk

Chicken fed on antibiotics causing drug resistance, finds new study

HT, HT correspondent

Antibiotic fear on poultry

The Telegraph, G.S. Mudur

High levels of antibiotics found in poultry

Deccan Herald, DHNS

Antibiotics in chicken sold in Delhi-NCR: CSE

Business Standard, BS reporters

Study finds antibiotic residues in poultry ABP based on PTI report
CSE study finds antibiotic residue in poultry in Delhi, NCR

Mine, Neha Sethi, Nikita Mehta and C.H. Unnikrishnan

Is CHICKEN full of antibiotics to blame for rise in drug resistance?

Daily Mail by Mail Today Bureau

Antibiotics in chicken ‘hitting Indians’ resistance to drugs

The Tribune, Vibha Sharma, Tribune News Service

Chicken alert: Antibiotics found in city’s poultry samples

The Age, The Age Correspondent

CSE Seeks Ban On Use Of Antibiotics In Poultry Industry

Business World, Joe C. Mathew

Cock-a-doodle-doo: Eating chicken could make you resistant to antibiotics

Firstpost, Firstbiz staff

Your Chicken Curry May Have Loads of Antibiotics

The New Indian Express, Richa Sharma

Study finds antibiotic residues in poultry
Is your meat safe?

Nikita Mishra, July 31, 2014