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Pakistan bans nitrofuran import

PAKISTAN - The Pakistan government has imposed a ban on import of nitrofuran (an antibiotic used in veterinary feed meal) to comply with international food safety compliances.

The Food and Veterinary Office (FVO) of the European Union (EU) has long been persuading the government to prevent the use of the hazardous antibiotic in feed meal of fish and shrimps.

Against the backdrop, the Pakistan government in an inter-ministerial meeting, chaired by Fisheries and Livestock Adviser CS Karim, took the decision, a meeting source said.

A Statutory Regulatory Order (SRO) will be issued within a few days in this connection.

Farmers have been using the harmful antibiotic as an ingredient in poultry feed-meal to reduce the rate of mortality.