China improves inspection at fish farms
China will improve the inspections on the use of antibiotics in fish
farms, after malachite green, a cancer-causing chemical to kill parasites as
well as nitrofurans, an antibiotic had been found in food samples.
Last month, the US Food and Drug Administration
said a sampling of imported Chinese seafood from October 2006 through May 2007
found more than 15% of shipments were contaminated with antimicrobial agents
that are not approved for use in farm-raised seafood in theUnited
Get hold of antibiotic
"We are focusing on getting a hold on
antibiotic use, especially overuse of antibiotics on fish and crustaceans,
including nitrofurans and malachite green," Zhang Yuxiang, director of the
market and economic information department of the Ministry of Agriculture, told
a news conference on Wednesday.
China is the largest producer of
farmed fish, handling 50% of the total value of global farmes sea product
exports around the world. Its top export market for seafood is
Japan, and it is also the
third-largest exporter of seafood to the United
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