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India : FSSAI passes draft order to curb rampant use of antibiotics in meat and poultry products.

Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has passed a draft order that asks to stop the use of antibiotics for growth promotion in food-producing animals as well as bovine and porcine byproducts in poultry feed.

The order seeks to control the widespread use of antibiotics in meat and poultry products.

FSSAI issued the draft order on 19th January 2015.

According to the order : "The meat producing animals/poultry birds shall not be fed with feed containing meat and/or bone meal including internal organs, blood meal and tissues of bovine or porcine origin materials except milk and milk products. The slaughtering/processing for bovine meat and porcine meat shall be prohibited in the slaughtering/processing plants where poultry meat is produced for human consumption."

The draft says, for imports of meat and poultry products : "In case of meat and poultry products intended to be imported into India, the FSSAI, in consultation with the Department of Animal Husbandry, Dairying & Fisheries (DAHDF), will develop a procedure for inspection and monitoring of slaughtering and processing plants and their pre-requisites before grant of market access to the Indian market to ensure compliance of their order."

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Date:Feb 5, 2015
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