Disturbing reports of blatant use of antibiotics have resulted in the FSSAI deciding to curb the amount of antibiotics and veterinary drugs in animal based products like processed meat, meat products, poultry and eggs, sea foods and milk.
The FSSAI is going to fix “tolerance limits” for presence of antibiotics in such food items and has made changes to existing Food Safety and Standards (Contaminants, toxins and Residues) Regulations, 2011.
The newly proposed regulations make it compulsory for vets and animal owners to make sure that the animal products produced by them are completely drug-free before it can be used as food.
An official said that there would be an enforcement of drug withdrawal period before treated animals, eggs or milk are used for consumption, which allows time for the drugs to completely exit an animal’s system.
FSSAI will conduct surprise inspections and random sampling to see if such type of products in the market have antibiotic residues beyond the permissible limit.