Drugs named in basa ban also used on poultry

US - The same antibiotics that prompted officials to ban the Vietnamese fish basa in Alabama and Louisiana have been commonly, and legally, used in U.S. poultry production for about a decade, federal officials said Thursday.

The drugs were never approved for use in U.S. farm-raised catfish, but were approved for poultry in 1995, Food and Drug Administration officials said Thursday.

Just last month, after five years of deliberation, the Food and Drug Administration moved to ban one drug in the fluoroquinolone antibiotic family from use in farmed chickens, but the ban won't go into effect until Sept. 12

Source: The Mobile Registry
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