News last update:6 Aug 2012

Chile aims to ban antibiotics in aquaculture

An international campaign aimed at forbidding the use of antibiotics in aquaculture was launched yesterday in Chile. The project also demands that all sanitary standards regarding antibiotics for Chilean salmon consumers be brought in line with standards such as the United States' FDA rules or those of the European Union.

Chile proposes a sole State agency, which would regulate and monitor the use of antibiotics both in human use and animal health. Another of the issues demanded is free access to historic information on the volumes and types of antibiotics currently imported and used by the salmon industry.

For years, environmental organisations have requested information from Chilean health organisations such as the National Fisheries Service, Sernapesca, but have never received an answer.

This campaign is aimed at controlling the use of antibiotics within the the bacterial resistance study launched by the United Nations' World Health Organization.

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[Source: Fish Farmer]

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