Bangladesh parliament moves to ban harmful ingredients in feed

Law would require licensing of businesses that produce or handle feed

Bangladesh's parliament passed new feed regulations on January 19, according to The Financial Express, a national newspaper. The bill, which has not yet been signed into law, empowers the government to set standards for animal and fish feed, including restrictions on the use of antibiotics, growth hormones, pesticides and steroids that may have negative effects on human health.

It also requires government licensing for all parties involved in producing, importing, marketing or selling feed, the newspaper reported.

The bill comes a year after the antibiotic nitrofuran was discovered in a shrimp shipment to the European Union. In June 2009, Bangladesh suspended shellfish shipments to Europe so the nation's government could deal with sources of contamination, according to the Bangladeshi newspaper The New Nation.

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