China's agriculture authority has shut down poultry farms in the east Shandong Province due to reports that the chickens were given excessive amounts of antibiotics, including amantadine and ribavirin.

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Involved poultry raisers and processors have been shut down and are under close investigation, according to Bi Meijia, chief economic engineer and spokesman for the Ministry of Agriculture. “We will enhance supervision over the entire poultry raising industry, raise the quality of the industry and notably scale up the crackdown on those who feed animals excessive amounts of antibiotics and veterinary drugs,” said Meijia.