No ‘routine monitoring’ of antibiotic breaching ‘safe’ limit in Thames

The Environment Agency is not routinely monitoring rivers’ contamination with an antibiotic recently discovered in the Thames at three times over a ‘safe limit’, it has admitted.

Last week, a study led by the University of York found ciprofloxacin in the Thames at three times the limits deemed by the AMR Industry Alliance - a group of biotech, diagnostics, generics and research-based pharmaceutical companies - to be safe.

Overall, the researchers found maximum total antibiotic concentration in the river to be 233 nanograms per litre.

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