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August 28 2015


Andhra Pradesh—Warning on Antibiotics


With five percent of its farmed shrimp consignments to the United States getting rejected for containing traces of banned antibiotics, the Drug Control Administration has decided to educate shrimp farmers on the hazards of using antibiotics.  On August 23, 2015, a pamphlet campaign was launched in Visakhapatnam that warned farmers not to use antibiotics like chloramphenicol, fluoroquinolones and quinolones to prevent bacterial diseases and ensure higher survival rates.


Farmers should consult technical experts before using drugs or insist that the dealer display its label prominently and issue a receipt for its sale.  Some dealers are selling the banned drugs to farmers without labels or receipts.  Assistant Director of Drug Control Administration V. Vijaya Sekhar said if a dealer supplying banned antibiotics was identified, he would not only cancel his license, but also send him to jail for three years.


Despite periodical rejection of consignments due to excessive antibiotic residues, India continues to be the world’s largest exporter of shrimp.  In 2014–2015, it exported 357 thousand metric tons worth $3.73 billion, sixty percent of it to the USA.


Source: (an online, subscription-based, fisheries news service).  Editor and Publisher, John Sackton (phone 1-781-861-1441, email  Andhra Pradesh Launches Education Campaign on Banned Antibiotics, as 5% of Shrimp to US Rejected.  John Sackton.  August 24, 2015.

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