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Govt bans imports of hormone oxytocin to halt misuse in livestock industry

India halted retail sales of the prescription-only drug in 2014, but regulators have struggled to curb illegal sales, and the volume of imports is unclear

Reuters  |  Mumbai 

India on Friday banned imports of the hormone oxytocin to stop its misuse in the livestock industry, where activists say it causes hormonal imbalances and shortens the lives of milch animals. Often called the "love hormone", oxytocin is released naturally in human bonding activities such as sex, childbirth and breastfeeding. The government also asked customs officials to step up vigilance against those likely to try and smuggle oxytocin into India, the customs agency said in a notice on its website. The government has decided to rely on domestic production to ...

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First Published: Fri, April 06 2018. 16:23 IST
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