The European Union is to abandon its special testing of fish products from China, (including pollack, cod and redfish, whiting, halibut, haddock, herring, sole, squid, octopus, plaice and salmon), because it no longer considers there is a serious risk of these exports being significantly contaminated with banned anti-biotics.

It has taken the same decision for shrimp shipments from Vietnam and Pakistan. Meanwhile the EU Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health has recommended that testing for antibiotic residues should be introduced for Ukrainian milk powder, (checks have revealed the presence of chloramphenicol), and Brazilian poultry, which is thought to be contaminated with nitrofurans.