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Antibiotics seized at UK airport

Northern Ireland authorities are investigating after a consignment of antibiotics were intercepted at a British airport that were set for delivery to a poultry farm in Northern Ireland.

The farm in question has now been searched and items seized, according to local media.

The story was first reported by the Guardian, which said the drugs in question were a consignment of amoxycillin bought from China.

Its import is subject to strict controls, and should only be used under the supervision of a vet.

Northern Ireland’s Department of Health is heading the ongoing investigation.

A multi-agency operation was carried out on Thursday in the Co Tyrone area in pursuance of offences under the Human Medicines Regulations 2012 and the Veterinary Medicines Regulations 2013.” - a spokesman from Northern Ireland’s Department of Health.

The Food Standards Agency is also working to ensure the food chain has not been compromised.

Supplied Moy Park

The farm is understood to be a supplier to Moy Park, which said it believed the incident was isolated. “Any breach of the strict regulation on the use of veterinary medicine is unlawful and completely unacceptable to us,” a spokesman said.