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Table 5 Regulations related to antibiotic use in food animals vs findings in this study

From: Antibiotic use in chicken farms in northwestern China

RegulationFacts in this study
- Use of any antibiotic included in the prohibited list is forbidden.- 75% of farms used prohibited antibiotics in chickens.
- Use of antibiotics during the withdrawal period is forbidden.- 15% of farms extended antibiotic use into the withdrawal period.
- Purchase of antibiotics without a veterinary prescription is forbidden.- 59% of farmers were able to purchase antibiotics without a prescription.
- Use of medically important antibiotics in food animals is forbidden.- Use of medically important antibiotics, such as the cephalosporin class, was found on chicken farms.
- Farmers should record their antibiotic use.- 62.5% of farmers did not record their antibiotic use.