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Clampdown on Residues and Illegal Drugs

by Ellen Hardy
16 July 2008, at 1:00am

INDIA - The Indian Marine Products Export Development Authority (MPEDA) is taking steps to improve residue controls and veterinary inspections for the use of banned drugs.

MPEDA has called a meeting to discuss way to boost detection of the use of banned drugs such as Nitrofurana, Chloramphenicol, streoids, Stilbenes and other pesticides and heavy metals.

The authority has said it has managed to reduce amount of banned drugs being used by confiscating and destroying export consignments where they have been found.

However, now MPEDA has launched a National Residue Control Programme and had designated an officer from each of its field offices to coordinate all activities relating to residue finds according to The Hindu Business Line.

The meeting this week in Kochi was the first meeting of residue control officers that discussed issues such as significance of residue control in aquaculture and its importance in global trade. The progress and difficulties in implementing national residue control measures also came up for discussion according to The Hindu.

View The Hindu story by clicking here.

Ellen Hardy