FARMERS have been urged to desist from selling livestock which contains impurities of veterinary drugs known as antimicrobial residues which pose a health risk. Meat or meat products such as milk and eggs containing antimicrobial residues present a potential health risk to the consumer if consumed in large quantities. A consortium of researchers from the Central Veterinary Research Institute (CVRI) said there is need to put in place a more comprehensive quality assurance programme to prevent the public from taking unsafe antimicrobial residues in meat products. In a communique issued on Tuesday by Benson Bowa, Gilbert Nchima and Henry Kangwa, it has been observed that there is imprudent use of antimicrobials in the livestock sector in Zambia. Source: Zambia Daily Mail.