Alarm at rise in seizures of illegal veterinary drugs at UK borders

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Hormones, steroids and antibiotics intended for use on dogs, horses, pigeons and farm animals intercepted by officials

The government has been urged to open an investigation into illegal imports of veterinary drugs, after the number seized at the UK border increased dramatically last year.

The Veterinary Medicines Directorate, the executive agency that regulates animal drugs, seized more than 40 different illegal medicines in the year to March 2021, compared with just one in 2019, one in 2018 and three in 2017.

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