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I have heard the same story when I was in India recently.

People who want to gain height desperately eating anti-biotic fed chicken flesh.

Nightmarish!

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+ Poultry farming has become a commercial practice in the country. Poultry are dosed daily with antibiotics and growth hormones to hasten growth. “People are consuming poultry products with excess growth hormones to try to gain height,” Gupta said. +

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The Himalayan Times Online
Printed from www.thehimalayantimes.com

Your health, our concern: Beware! Meat products are laced with antibiotics

Kathmandu, December 14:



Meat products, mainly poultry products, have become the main course in our meals, but it is high time we thought about their impact on our health.

These poultry are fed antibiotics and our bodies become resistant to antibiotics as we consume these products for long.

The Department of Food Technology and Quality Control (DFTQC) recently conducted a test on antibiotic residue (Tetracycline), which is an antibiotic commonly found in poultry.

Testing of 26 samples in the market revealed that muscles of chicken meat had 46 per cent of the antibiotic residue, skin had 12 per cent, gizzard had 53 per cent, liver had 46 per cent and heart had 15 per cent antibiotic residue.

Antibiotics like Tetracycline, Penicillin, Erythromycin, which are important in human medication, are extensively fed to poultry. “Through the consumption of poultry products laced with these drugs, our body is becoming resistant to antibiotics,” said Dr Meg Raj Bhandari, a food scientist at the Department of Food Technology and Quality Control (DFTQC).

According to Bhandari, small amounts of veterinary medicines remain in meat products and they make their way into the food chain and cause a number of health problems, including allergies and chronic toxic effects. “The poultry feeds are also unhealthy. Chemicals and additives, which are used in poultry feed haphazardly, poison poultry products,” said Bhandari.

Though Aflatoxin is one of the most potent carcinogens, it is used in poultry feed.

“Exposure to large dosage may cause acute toxicity and also the high incidences of hepatitis B virus infection,” added Bhandari.

A data of the DFTQC shows that out of 68 feed samples analysed, 47 were found substandard.

Dr Manohar Gupta, chief, General Practice and Emergency Medicine Department at the Teaching Hospital, said that poultry feed is excessively contaminated and they cause heart, kidney and liver problems.

Poultry farming has become a commercial practice in the country. Poultry are dosed daily with antibiotics and growth hormones to hasten growth. “People are consuming poultry products with excess growth hormones to try to gain height,” Gupta said. “Vegetarianism is the best option, but it is difficult to stop eating meat. People should take minimum quantity of meat to minimise risks,” he added.

The DFTQC is the body authorised to implement poultry feed law in the country. Uttam Kumar Bhattarai, director-general of the DFTQC, said they lack authentic figures due to lack of equipment and other constraints.

“But we are planning to launch an extensive research on the topic from the next year,” he said.





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    Posted by Aardy at 01/12/08 04:28:15

    Thanks for posting this. Even if half of this is true it looks like eating less or no commercial meat is a great choice. Vegetables and fruits can also be this toxic too so I hope there is a good watchdog out there somewhere implementing change for non-meat food. I just cannot afford the extra cost of organic products all the time even though I know the cost is justifiable most likely.

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