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Three accused of endangering health through illegal antibiotics trade

Monday 07 January 2013

Three people accused of illegally trading antibiotics face up to 20 years in jail if found guilty, the Volkskrant reports on Monday.

The three ringleaders of the antibiotics gang are due to appear in court in Groningen on Monday. They were arrested following raids of a number of premises in March 2011.

In total six people were arrested during the investigation. Police also seized 3.5 tonnes of antibiotics which was destined for factory chicken farms in the north of the country. This is the equivalent of a year’s supply for around 25% of the northern provinces’ poultry farms, the Volkskrant said.

Public health

Twenty-four poultry farmers are known to have used the unregistered antibiotics. It is not clear if they also face charges.

The three main suspects are charged with illegally trading antibiotics and selling and distributing products which could be a danger to public health. The public prosecution department also says the three are members of a criminal organisation.

Some of the antibiotics sold by the gang are on a list of medicines which may not be used on animals because of the risk of humans becoming resistant to them.

Police do not know what volume of antibiotics has been sold since the gang started operating in 2008.

© DutchNews.nl


Readers' Comments

That's gross, yuch! I'm not buying any more chicken in the Neds I'll buy the bio stuff in Germany. it's more expensive but I don't eat that much of it anyway

By radio junkie | 7 January 2013 6:46 PM

@radio junkie, because Germany didn't have it's fair share of food scandals over the last years? EHEC, dioxin, nitrofen, . Germany had more food scandals then any other country.

By pepe | 8 January 2013 11:00 AM

Three accused of endangering health through illegal antibiotics trade. First of all all antibiotics don’t work against to common cold which is from a virus, secondly kidney damage is a danger from taking such, and exposing the population to such un controlled necessitates the development of resistance against a new generation of bugs.

By Terence Halet | 8 January 2013 5:48 PM

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