China to Reduce Use of Antibiotics to Poultry

China will gradually ban antibiotics for poultry and livestock that can easily cause cross-drug resistance.

Authorities expect that by 2020, more than 97 percent of poultry, livestock and aquatic products in the domestic markets will pass the tests for antibiotics residue.

To replace antibiotics, China will take measures to research, develop and promote more than 100 kinds of new drugs for animal use that are safe and highly effective.

The country will also intensify supervision in the inspection and approval of new antibiotics for animal use, and further regulate drug application by veterinarians. It will establish eight national labs across to improve the monitoring of drug resistance caused by the use of animal antibiotics.

Agricultural authorities will also intensify communications and cooperation with international organizations such as the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations to control the spread of drug-resistant bacteria among countries.

China is a major producer and user of antibiotics for animals. Bacteria drug-resistance is becoming increasingly serious in China, forcing the use of more drugs in the poultry and livestock industry, which brings serious threats to public health.

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