Cargill collaborates with China to reduce antibiotic use
Aug. 18, 2017
by MEAT+POULTRY Staff
Company experts and veterinarians are working on a veterinary drugs guide book for the Chinese poultry industry.
CHUZHOU, China – Cargill is working alongside China’s Ministry of Agriculture to reduce the use of antibiotics in the country’s poultry and livestock industry. Cargill’s Animal Protein business and the China Institute of Veterinary Drugs Control (CIVDC) are working on a Veterinary Drugs Guide Book intended to reduce the use of antibiotics in China’s poultry industry.
A launch ceremony was held Aug. 17 in Cargill’s poultry facility in Chuzhou, Anhui province. “Cargill is committed to nourishing the world in a safe, responsible and sustainable way, and we are very happy to work with CIVDC on this significant project,” said Omar Sadeque, president of Cargill Animal Protein China. “Cargill adopts the highest standard in food safety, and we feel it is our obligation to work with stakeholders to help the whole industry in terms of scientific use of veterinary drugs, which is vital for providing safe and nutritious chicken meat for the consumers.”
The poultry Veterinary Guidebook will be available in early 2018 and will be distributed to more than 600 animal husbandry technology demonstration stations around China and to 2,000 bookstores. The book will be published by China Agriculture Press.
In addition to Cargill, contributors to the book include China’s Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) and experts from a number of leading agriculture universities in China.
“With this guidance book, we hope to share knowledge and best practices around the use of veterinary drugs in China’s poultry industry, and help foster common understanding and standard practices,” said Xu Shixin, department head of CIVDC. “I would like to thank Cargill for their support on the guide book. Cargill’s Chuzhou poultry plant is impressive and they are following global standards. Apart from the book, we will also be conducting joint research with Cargill on scientific use of antibiotics in this facility.”