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Drugs in stock-feeds



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PRESS STATEMENT BY THE COMMONWEALTH MINISTER FOR ΗΕΑΙ/ΓΗ

SENATOR SIR KENNETH ANDERSON

DRUGS IN STOCK-FEEDS '

The Commonwealth Minister for Health, Senator Sir Kenneth

Anderson said today that all antibiotics used as stocte-feed additives

in Australia first had to be approved by the Technical Committee on

Veterinary Drugs, a sub-committee of the Australian Agricultural

Council.

The drugs then had to be registered by each State under

their Stock Medicine Act, or similar legislation. Senator Anderson

was commenting on reports that the use of antibiotic drugs in stock-

feeds is to be restricted in the United States.

Sir Kenneth said the Technical Committee on Veterinary

Drugs included a representative of the National Health and Medical

Research Council, the major medical advisory body in Australia.

Sir Kenneth said that because of the implications for

human health in the widespread use of antibiotics in stock-feed, the

situation was being kept under review. 1

It was feared that the indiscriminate use of antibiotics

in the veterinary field could lead to the development of drug resistant

strains of organisms and sensitivity reactions in consumers of animal

products such as meat, poultry, eggs and milk.

Canberra, February 4> 1972 Dept. No. 11