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Dishonest and Excessive Use of Antibiotics in Meat Producing Animals in Bangladesh: A Regulatory Review

Abu Noman Mohammad Atahar Ali, S M Solaiman

The article aims to bring about regulatory reforms concerning excessive use of medically important antimicrobials (MIA) on meat producing animals (MPA) in Bangladesh. An excessive use of MIA with a dishonest motive of artificially fattening animals including poultry chickens has been commonplace in Bangladesh. The usage of MIA in such a manner has the potential to create antimicrobial resistant infections in the animals, which can be transmitted to humans through food, direct contact with MPA or even via environmental spread. Such a transmission has already massively occurred in Bangladesh. In formulating recommendations, we critically analyse the existing regulatory functions and employ both empirical and doctrinal methods of analysis. Our empirical research reveals that the regulatory laxity, profit motive, and ignorance of antibiotics users and meat consumers about the latent harm are major factors contributing to the unsafe use of MIA. To address these factors, we submit eleven specific recommendations for necessary reforms.

Abu Noman Mohammad Atahar Ali is an Associate Professor of the Department of Law at the North South University, Bangladesh. He is also employed as an Honorary Fellow of the School of Law, University of Wollongong. His doctoral thesis was concerned with food safety, and meanwhile he has extensively published his research in this area in different leading journals in the US, the UK and Europe. Corresponding Author - Email: <> . S M Solaiman is an Associate Professor of the School of Law at the University of Wollongong. He is also currently working as the Head of Postgraduate Studies of the same school. Food safety is a major area of his research interest, and he has widely published in renowned international journals including the Comprehensive Reviews in Food Science and Food Safety. Acknowledgement: This is a self-funded project. However, we are thankful to Mashrura Rafiq Moumita, Rozina Aketer Ripa & Mazharul Haq Bhuyian for their sincere assistance in carrying out this research.


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