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Thai shrimp RAS firm to cut antibiotics use in aquaculture

August 24, 2022  By Nestor Arellano


(Image: CP Foods)

Charoen Pokphand Foods PCL (CP Foods) a leading provider of shrimp raised in recirculating aquaculture system (RAS) facilities, said that a working group committed to reducing the use of antibiotics in aquaculture is making headway.

The Thailand based seafood producer is part of the sustainability focused Seafood Business for Ocean Stewardship (SeaBOS) initiative. SeaBOS is made up of 10 companies that are committed to lead a global transformation towards sustainable seafood production and a healthy ocean.

Apart from agreeing to phase out the use of antibiotics in aquaculture, the companies also agreed to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions in line with the Paris Accord. They have also undertaken to publicly report on their progress by October 2022.

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CP Foods is a part of a SeaBOS taskforce that is focusing on antibiotics stewardship in the aquaculture industry.

In a recent interview with the Bangkok Post, Dr. Sujint Thammasart, chief operating officer for CP Foods.

Dr. Sujint Thammasart, DVM, Chief Operating Officer, for CP Foods aquaculture arm, said the task force is preparing to finalize the SeaBOS Antibiotics Code of Conduct by October this year. Once, completed the code of conduct will be implemented by SeaBOS members.

He said the top priorities of the code include:

  • Requiring that antimicrobials that are medically important for human medicine be used used only for therapeutic use under veterinary oversight.
  • Eliminating the use of shared-class antimicrobials which are important to human medicine for growth promotion purposes globally
  • Working with experts, partners and stakeholders to identify new and better ways to improve animal welfare and reduce the need for antimicrobials

 


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