Mexico’s fight with deadly antibiotics

Authorities in Mexico are going to address a grave problem as regards food in Mexico. In Mexico and in many other countries in America, foods such as beef and orange juice form a major part of the diet. However, lately traces of antibiotics and fungicides are found in these food items and this is creating a health risk for the populace.

Lately traces of antibiotics and fungicides are found in the food items and this is creating a health risk for the populace.

In order to address the problem, the U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA) took a major step on the month of January. It announces that starting from the month of April, 2012 there will be zero use of ‘extra label’ or unapproved cephalosporin antimicrobial drugs in cattle, swine, chickens and turkeys. In this way, Mexico will ultimately do away with the use of antimicrobial drugs if Mexico wants to export its products to U.S. markets and the like. Mention may be made here that, in U.S. President Obama signed the Food Safety Modernisation Act (FSMA) in the month of January, 2011. Under this law, a foreign supplier verification law was created which will require the importers to check the imported products for assurance that no adulterated or misbranded products are imported into the country. This is in compliance with the safety standards.

To prevent bacterial infections, cattle in Mexico receive large doses of antibiotics. Antibiotics such as penicillin, tetracycline and cephalosporin are injected in cattle which make them health risky for consumption. Among the antibiotics the most widely used is tetracycline in the year 2009 (4.6 million kg). To adopt the practice of healthy eating, Mexico’s ministry of agriculture has now taken a step for good livestock practices. They have a manual for such practices as raising beef in feedlots. This proposes to use only registered medications. Additionally, approved combinations of medicines are not allowed to use and also in case of treating any specific disease use of narrow spectrum antibiotics are advised. In addition to this, the National Animal Identification System provides complete traceability of animals such as cattle, sheep, goats, horses, swine and bees and also products.

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