Writes to her about rampant antibiotic misuse in the poultry sector and need for caution by a celebrity while endorsing a claim having public health significance
हरियाणा के कावी गांव के किसान चांद सिंह कहते हैं कि वह नियमित रूप से मुर्गियों को एनरोसिन और कोलिस्टिन नामक एंटीबायोटिक्स देते हैं।
The Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), a non-governmental organization based in New Delhi, has set up the Pollution Monitoring Laboratory (PML) to monitor environmental pollution. PML is an ISO 9001:2008 accredited laboratory certified by SWISSCERT Pvt. Ltd. for conducting Pollution Monitoring and Scientific Studies on Environmental Samples.
Reveals that poultry industry is misleading the public by saying that residues found in Indian chicken are lower than the EU standards.
What should I eat now? Is there nothing that is safe?” This is what I am asked every time the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) does a study on toxins in food. It is a fact that our food is becoming unhealthy—not because of deliberate adulteration but because we are choosing to produce it in unsafe ways. India is at the beginning of industrial food production focused on efficiency and profits, and not on consumer safety, so it still has a choice to get it right. Why should the country not exercise its right to food that secures livelihoods and nutrition?
Once again there is a food safety scare. A deadly strain of E coli bacterium has hit Germany, where it has taken the lives of 25 people and affected another 2,300 till date. German food inspectors on the trail of the source of contamination have as yet made two errors—blaming Spanish cucumbers and then organic bean sprouts—but no breakthrough.
Jhabua is home to a unique indigenous poultry breed called the Kadaknath. The tribals value the breed for its cultural as well as its health values and also consider it sacred. The bird is high in iron and amino acids and low in fat. It tolerates extreme heat and cold climatic conditions and requires minimal management inputs. The breed is disease resistant and is valued for the quality and flavour of its black meat. It is also locally known as Kali masi because the bird is black inside –out – skin, feathers, legs, meat, blood, etc.