On December 8, the International Herald Leader, a publication of China’s official Xinhua News Agency, did a lengthy news report looking at the problem of antibiotic resistance in human and animal populations as a result of the careless and unregulated use of various antibiotics and growth hormones in China’s pork, poultry and fisheries industries. The report likened antibiotic resistance to a “time bomb” ingested by consumers of pork, poultry and fish products. In the following cartoon, posted by artist Xu Jun (徐骏) to his QQ blog, a fish is on the point of ingesting an antibiotic pill with a burning fuse. Mouth wide, a human consumer then prepares to eat the fish.

David Bandurski

CMP Director

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