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· US: 'Superbug' fears spur proposed ban on livestock antibiotics
· UK: Antibiotic sales for livestock are reduced by 53%
'Superbug' fears spur proposed ban on livestock antibiotics
Joe Mahoney, CNHI News Service
via Effingham Daily News (IL) - Oct 31, 2019
Consumer advocates want officials to ban the routine use of antibiotics in healthy livestock and poultry, saying it would counter the rise of antibiotic-resistant bacteria sickening tens of thousands of Americans each year.
Groups including the New York Public Interest Research Group, Consumer Reports and the Center for Food Safety said on Thursday action is needed by states and restaurant chains in the face of what they call inertia in the federal government.
So far, only California and Maryland have adopted the antibiotic restrictions sought by the consumer watchdogs.
However, the groups said important strides have been made in the poultry industry to lessen use of antibiotics on chickens bred for human consumption.
“More and more fast-food restaurants are joining and getting on board, by shifting to sources that don’t use animals getting antibiotics routinely, but on beef, turkey, and pork, we’ve had much slower progress,” said Blair Horner, NYPIRG’s director.
The consumer watchdogs rated Chipotle and Panera Bread as “early leaders” in the effort to reduce antibiotics in meat. Outlets of both companies serve only beef raised without the routine use of antibiotics, according to Horner and Chuck Bell, programs director for Consumer Reports.
They also said McDonald’s, the world’s largest purchaser of beef, has made significant progress by setting targets for reducing antibiotics in its meat.
The advocates cited California and Maryland as trailblazers in the movement to curb the use of animal antibiotics. They are now pressing New York lawmakers to pass similar laws.
A measure sponsored by Sen. Brian Kavanagh, D-Manhattan, and Assemblywoman Jamie Romeo, D-Irondequoit, would limit the use of antibiotics in healthy livestock. It would require the state Board of Veterinary Medicine, the Department of Agriculture and Markets, and the Department of Health to set the guidelines.
The legislation is vigorously opposed by the New York Farm Bureau...
Antibiotic sales for livestock are reduced by 53%
by Nancy Nicolson, The Press and Journal (UK)
November 1, 2019
UK livestock producers cut their use of antibiotics by more than half between 2014 and 2018.
According to the latest UK Antibiotic Resistance and Sales Surveillance Report (VARSS), the reduction in sales of antibiotics fell by 53% between 2014-2018 and the use of the highest priority critically important antibiotics (HP-CIAs) fell even further, by 66%.
The report reveals that between 2017 and 2018 antibiotic sales fell by 9%, and HP-CIAs sales fell by 18%. The reduction in antibiotic use is believed to be the result of a concerted campaign by vets, farmers and industry in the face of growing antimicrobial resistance in both humans and animals.
The report indicates that most of the key veterinary pathogens remain susceptible to authorised veterinary antibiotics, including those that have been authorised for many years, and some, such as E. coli in poultry, show significant reductions to resistance. The British Veterinary Association (BVA) said the reductions were testament to the collaborative work to steward responsible antibiotic use and champion greater disease prevention measures.
“Antimicrobial resistance remains a huge concern for vets, which is why we must maintain this momentum in the face of the ongoing global threat it poses to the health of animals, humans and the environment,” said BVA junior vice-president, James Russell...