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KFC chicken sample tested positive of antiviral medicine

One of the eight raw chicken samples from Yum Brands Inc for test was found to contain traces of an antiviral medicine as the world's largest chain restaurant operator is grilled with excessive use of antibiotics in chicken raising.

The Shanghai Food and Drug Administration announced yesterday that all the tested samples met the national standard on the use of antibiotics and glucocorticoids – a steroid hormone, except one that contained traces of admantadine.

Since there is no national standard for testing admantadine residue in food, the administration has organized experts to evaluate potential harm from the tainted chicken. Admantadine can impair the central nervous system.

SFDA's tests on the chicken samples covered 29 items from antibiotics to antivirals and glucocorticoids.

Officials said they have sent a team the company's logistics center to seal off the batch of chicken suspected admantadine-contaminated and ordered the company to recall products in the same batch.

SFDA yesterday also ordered its local units to inspect all the outlets of Yum Brands Inc, the owner of KFC.


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