Uganda has banned five veterinary drugs used on poultry and other animals that may cause cancer in humans, according to the country's National Drug Authority.

The drugs, known as nitrofurans and used against bacteria and protozoal diseases in food-producing animals, have mutagenic/carcinogenic potential, according to the NDA. Overconsumption of food products made from animals vaccinated with the drugs may affect genes or cause cancer.


The five banned drugs are: Cospro F, Neoceryl, Fural Powder 30% w/w, Fuzol Water Dispersible Granules and Fuzol Suspension. The NDA has said that anyone with an inventory of the drugs should quarantine them and return them to the original suppliers.