Oxytocin import banned by government
What is the issue ?
- The Union government banned imports of the hormone oxytocin to stop its misuse in the livestock industry.
About oxytocin :
- Oxytocin is produced in the hypothalamus and released during sex, childbirth, and lactation to aid reproductive functions.
- Often called the ‘love hormone’, oxytocin is released naturally in human bonding activities such as sex, childbirth and breastfeeding.
- The drug’s abuse in animals shortens their lives and makes them barren sooner.
Steps taken to curb its import and misuse :