FAO targets improper veterinary medications used in Africa

02/29/2012 | AllAfrica Global Media

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization has launched an initiative to curb the use of substandard veterinary medicines to treat African animal trypanosomiasis, also known as Nagana, in Africa. The disease is transmitted to livestock via insects such as tsetse flies and causes abortions and decreased productivity and fertility, racking up $4.5 billion in annual industry losses. Currently, improper drugs are used at insufficient doses, leaving animals unprotected and possibly creating residues in meat and dairy products that could threaten humans, according to FAO Chief Veterinary Officer Juan Lubroth.

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