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Significant to pay more attention to meat imported with antibiotics


Radio & TV Tonga, Nuku’alofa, 14/11/2017


It is significant to pay more attention to the meat imported from foreign countries, especially when it contained antibiotics.


The CEO of the Ministry and Food – Dr. Viliami Manu says antibiotic are used on imported meat which leads to an increase in treatment-resistant bacterial infections.


Antibiotic is used by poultry growers to protect chickens and turkeys from infections.


It is believed farmers have been feeding antibiotics to the animals.


CEO adds, there’s one poultry in Tonga that used such treatment.


The meat industry doesn’t publicize its use of antibiotics, so accurate information on the amount of antibiotics given to food animals is hard to come by.


There is an increasing amount of evidence suggesting that the use of antibiotics in food animals can pose a health risk to humans such as antibiotic resistance.


Tonga is joining the world on marking this was World Antibiotic Awareness 2017.


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