Arkansas to Test Imported Catfish for Antibiotics

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Arkansas health officials have ordered tests for antibiotics in fish imported from Asia.

Samples were taken yesterday from fish at six food distributors and sent to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for testing.

Fish tested include members of the catfish family, including channel cats and basa and tra.

The results should be back from the FDA in about a week.

Officials say that if the tests are negative, the 27,000 pounds of fish will be cleared for distribution and sale.  If it tests positive, the fish will be ordered destroyed.

Officials are working to keep antibiotics, such as ciprofloxacin, out of the food supply to reduce the chances of bacteria adapting to become resistant to the drugs.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)