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Chicken still safe for British plates after Chinese antibiotics seizure

Retailers are seeking to reassure consumers that chicken is still safe after Chinese antibiotics headed for a NI farm were seized.

24 October 2019, at 2:54pm

The Northern Ireland farm was allegedly procuring Chinese antibiotics is now being investigated by the Northern Ireland Department of Health. The farm sends chicken to Moy Park, who supplies several major UK grocery stores.

The antibiotic, amoxicillin, is approved for use by UK vets, but must not be administered without supervision, as it would have been in this case. Antibiotic growth promoters have been banned in EU countries since 2006.

The Guardian reported that the British Poultry Council said consumers should not be concerned and that antibiotic residues are not present in chicken meat.