September 14, 2005


Japan finds illegal drug in Brazilian chicken


Japan has discovered chicken imported from a Brazilian producer to be tainted with an illegal anti-bacterial drug, enrofloxacin, the country's government said.


The chickens, which came from a plant owned by the producer, were found to contain 0.06 ppm of the illegal drug. Japan had banned the drug due to human health concerns.


In response, the Japanese government said all chickens from the plant would be tested. Also, the importers concerned were ordered to destroy or return the cargo back to Brazil, which reportedly totalled 1,668 kilograms.


Japan's government added that the testing would stop only after Brazil found the source of contamination and took preventive measures.

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