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City test center for farm produce

AGRICULTURAL products will be checked for antibiotics and pesticide residues at a new city testing center this year, officials said yesterday.

Information gathered on residues on poultry, livestock, vegetable, aquatic and dairy products will be sent to the center for unified research and inspection, said officials from Shanghai Agriculture Commission.

The center in Qingpu District has been designated as a major project in the city and will begin operations late this year.

Excessive use of antibiotics is widespread in China's agriculture sector. Some farmers believe high doses protect livestock from disease and promote growth.

At present, each district's agriculture commission, universities, wet markets and medical institutes all conduct their own testing.

Methodology may vary, resulting in improper inspection and poor collaboration between different facilities citywide, officials said.


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