Fearing spread of antibiotic resistance through the food chain, the Drug Controller General of India (DCGI) and the agriculture ministry have directed state governments to stop the use of antibiotics and hormones in animal feed.
They have also called for strict implementation of a 2012 law, which mandates a gap between the time an animal is given a drug for medical purposes and sale of food products from that animal.
India's move comes within a month of a World Health Organization (WHO) report warning that antimicrobial resistance is an increasingly serious threat in every part of the world.
"The idea is to cut the misuse of antibiotics in animals by phasing out these practices completely but it would be done while sensitising farmers about the risk it poses to health of people," said a government official.
Monday June 9, 2014/ The Economic Times/ India.