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Chloramphenicol contamination. (Clinical Capsules).

Sampling of imported shrimp and crayfish will be increased due to detection of chloramphenicol in these products, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced.

Due to chloramphenicol's potency and the lack of a known safe level of human exposure, the broad-spectrum antibiotic is reserved for the treatment of serious infections. Federal regulations prohibit its use in animal feed and in animals used for food.

The detection of even low levels of chloramphenicol in food products is of concern, and entry to the United States of any product found to be contaminated with the drug will be refused, according to the FDA.
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Author:Worcester, Sharon
Publication:Internal Medicine News
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Jul 15, 2002
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