Issue Date: September 10, 2012 | Web Date: September 7, 2012
China Investigates Antibiotic Manufacturing Practices
China’s State Food & Drug Administration (SFDA) is investigating claims that several drug manufacturers have used cooking oil discarded by restaurants to produce antibiotics.
SFDA says it is “highly concerned” that antibiotic makers have made use of 7-aminocephalosporanic acid (7-ACA), a cephalosporin antibiotic intermediate, produced with the aid of an oily liquid waste collected from restaurant gutters instead of fresh soybean oil.
SFDA calls the practice “wrong” but adds that it is as yet unsure . . .
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