Big win in the fight against antimicrobial resistance (AMR)
- Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) prohibits sale, manufacture and distribution of colistin and its formulations in food-producing animals, poultry, fish and animal feed supplements
- Government has recognised that colistin use in food animals involves risk to humans and the move to prohibit such use is necessary and expedient in the public interest
- CSE calls this a big step ahead in India’s fight against rising antimicrobial resistance (AMR); will help preserve colistin which is a last-resort antibiotic for humans
July 22, 2019, New Delhi: Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) has welcomed the health ministry’s recent move to ban colistin use in food-producing animals. On July 19, the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) notified the prohibition of sale, manufacture and distribution of colistin and its formulations in food-producing animals, poultry, aqua farming and animal feed supplements. The move is expected to help regulate antibiotic misuse in these animals and containantimicrobial resistance (AMR).