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- n. Any of several drugs derived from furan that are used to inhibit bacterial growth.
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- n. A class of drug, derived from furan, used to inhibit bacterial growth.
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- n. derivative of furan used to inhibit bacterial growth
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Specifically, through targeted sampling from October 2006 through May 2007, the FDA repeatedly found that farm-raised seafood from China contained antimicrobial agents not approved for use here: nitrofuran, malachite green, gentian violet and fluoroquinolone.
Canada said it started inspecting all shipments of Chinese shrimp for the antibiotic nitrofuran in September 2006, and the first three shipments from Guolian passed inspection.
Use of nitrofuran in food animals was largely banned world-wide by 2002.
They include many human antibiotics, penicillins and some names I recognise from the bad days of the European fish-farming industry -- nitrofuran, chloramphenicol and organophosphate pesticides.