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03 July 2012

Antibiotics Found in Asian Seafood

Caution: Asian seafood may require special attention.

As I recently learned, Australian sanitary services stated cases of unsatisfactory quality of fish imported from Asian countries.

Antibiotic enrofloxacin, forbidden in the country, was found in five batches of fish exported to Australia in the first half of 2012, while in 2011 only three batches did not pass Australian veterinary control due to presence of this drug. It contained in iridescent shark fillet, tilapia, and even fish cutlets from Vietnam. According to specialists, a particular danger is a small content of antibiotics, which leads to development of strong resistance to these substances in bacterial strains.

Australia Agriculture Department confirmed that in recent years the number of positive results of antibiotics content tests in fish imported from Asian countries significantly increased. However, seafood from China was found the most unsatisfactory, 13% of the whole banned products. Prohibited drugs were also detected in fish from India, Italy, Japan, South Korea, and France.

It's also worth mentioning that, in connection with information received from Australia, Russian Rosselkhoznadzor expressed its concerns about the quality of Asian seafood imports. So keep tuned for potential measures.

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