Drug-resistant bacteria can be found easily in China’s poultry production chain – from hatcheries to supermarkets – according to recent research by scientists from China, the US and Europe, underscoring the need for Beijing to control the use of antibiotics…Full Article: South China Morning Post Feb 2017

Key Points

  • In April 2017, China will ban use of colistin for growth promotion/farming purposes.
  • In February 2017, Nature Microbiology (UK) published a reported that stated that 87% of the chicken meat sold in Shandong Province’s supermarkets were contaminated with MCR-1, a colistin (antibiotic) resistant gene.

ChinaAg Comment

  • By March 2017, McDonald’s USA plans to stop sourcing chicken that has been raised with human-related antibiotics. However, McDonald’s China will continue to use antibiotics in its chicken production.
  • In August 2016, a former chief economist at Goldman Sachs noted that China accounts for approximately 50% of the world’s antibiotic consumption, of which, 52% is consumed by livestock bred for the food industry.

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