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MoHFW Banned Distribution of Colistin

Published on July 21, 2019
Current context: The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has prohibited the manufacture, sale and distribution of Colistin in the animal food industry
MoHFW Banned Distribution of Colistin
  • The move is taken against anti-microbial resistance in humans and to increase the drug’s efficacy in humans
  • The ban is imposed under the provisions of the Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1940
  • Colistin is used as last-resort anti-biotic to save lives. Medical Professionals have alarmed the increasing resistance to the drug Colistin in recent years
  • The Ministry has taken the step to ensure arbitrary use of colistin in the food industry, as growth supplements in poultry, animals, aquafarms to reduce chances of resistance
  • The order issued has directed manufacturers of colistin to affix a label on it reading: Not to be used in food-producing animals, aqua farming, poultry and as animal feed supplements
  • The aim is to cut the use of colistin and limit it to only therapeutic usage

Question: 

Q.1 The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has recently prohibited the use of Colistin in the animal food industry because?
a. It is harmful to milch animals
b. It increases anti-microbial resistance in animals
c. It increases anti-microbial resistance in humans
d. It affects the fertility of animals
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