UGANDA – The Poultry Association of Uganda has come forward to address the recent media reports alleging the presence of antiretroviral drugs (ARVs) in chicken tissue and feed sold on the Ugandan market.
In a statement, the Association vehemently refuted the claims, asserting its unwavering commitment to ethical practices and consumer safety.
The controversy stemmed from a study conducted by Makerere University, which revealed traces of ARV drugs in chicken products. The news story sparked considerable alarm among consumers, leading to widespread concerns about the safety and quality of poultry products.
The Poultry Association of Uganda made it clear that the practices mentioned in the media report were not representative of the operations within the Association.
They categorically denounced the use of ARVs to stimulate weight gain in poultry, emphasizing the unethical nature of such practices.
Furthermore, the Association highlighted the dubious scientific effectiveness of using ARVs in this manner and the significant public health risks associated with it.
Reiterating their commitment to high standards, the Association assured the public that their members adhere to strict guidelines and regulations to ensure the welfare of poultry and the safety of their products.
They stressed the importance of transparent practices and accountability within the industry. The Association pledged to intensify collaboration with regulatory bodies to guarantee full compliance among their members.
While appreciating the media’s role in ensuring consumer safety, the Association urged for comprehensive and balanced representation of all industry players in reports. They acknowledged the vital role of media in promoting ethical practices and consumer welfare.
Concerns about ARV shortages
The Association expressed deep concern about the potential implications of the media report on ARV shortages in Uganda and its impact on those genuinely in need of these medications.
Misusing ARVs in the poultry industry could exacerbate drug shortages and affect individuals with HIV/AIDS who rely on these medications for their health and well-being.
In a show of commitment to consumer safety and best practices, the Poultry Association of Uganda pledged to educate its members on ethical practices and prevent any further instances of unethical conduct.
They welcomed an open dialogue with the public and offered to provide additional information about their practices to address any concerns.
As the controversy unfolds, regulatory bodies and stakeholders are closely monitoring the situation to ensure compliance with industry standards and consumer safety.
The Makerere University study has triggered a broader conversation about the integrity of the food supply chain in Uganda.
It also highlights the need for robust oversight and cooperation among industry players, regulatory authorities, and consumer advocacy groups to maintain the highest standards of quality and ethics in the poultry industry.