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Wednesday 19th November 2014.
Chris Harris - TheMeatSite Editor in Chief

Chris Harris
Editor in Chief

MSD Animal Health


Who is Responsible for Use of Antibiotics?

This week, there has been a focus globally on the use and misuse of antibiotics in meat and food production and the concerns over antibiotic resistance.

The 7th European Antibiotic Awareness Day took place on Tuesday when the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) latest EU-wide data on antibiotic resistance shows an increase in resistance to certain antibiotics.

Vytenis Andriukaitis, European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety said: “The near doubling of resistance in a certain bacteria in three years is truly alarming, and illustrates the need to tackle the issue from all directions.

“Antimicrobial resistance is one the most pressing public health issues of our time, and as incoming health Commissioner, I pledge to prioritise it throughout my five year mandate.”

The lack of effectiveness of existing antibiotics combined with the lack of new antibiotic treatments has raised serious concerns and according to the Federation of Veterinarians of Europe demands a joint response.

The FVE said that primary prescribers play a crucial role and the European health professionals have put forward seven recommendations to raise awareness to primary care prescribers on the prudent and responsible use of antibiotics.

FVE President, Dr Christophe Buhot said: "Veterinarians together with the other health professions are the gatekeepers of the public health. This is why it is so important to ensure that all of us – doctors, dentists and veterinarians - are equally committed to this goal and promote the same recommendations."

CPME President Dr Katrín Fjeldsted said: "It is crucial that healthcare professionals join forces to combat antimicrobial resistance. The joint recommendations are part of this collaborative exercise and we will continue to closely work together to promote prudent use of antibiotics."

CED President Dr Wolfgang Doneus said: "Antibiotics need to be responsibly prescribed, correctly used and the outcomes monitored.

"We are counting on our Colleagues to help in making sure that antibiotics stay effective and to discuss the risks of self-medication with our patients.”

The European agricultural association COPA COGECA said that the responsible use of antimicrobials was the responsibility of the entire food chain.

Copa-Cogeca Secretary-General Pekka Pesonen said: “Biosecurity measures, good husbandry systems, good feed and hygienic conditions certainly play a crucial role in disease prevention, though, animals can still get sick and they need to be treated for both animal health and welfare reasons.

“Appropriate therapy and veterinary medicines therefore must be available in all Member States and for all species, including minor species, which currently face a severe lack of veterinary medicines.

“One of the reasons antimicrobial resistance has worsened is due to the lack of investment to develop new effective antibiotics or feasible alternatives to cure the animals.

“Farmers must currently respect veterinary prescriptions, including recommendations for medicine use, record all treatments in order to ensure effective evaluation.

“This will allow possible adjustments for future treatments because it is in farmers’ interests to ensure sustainable livestock production, with healthy and productive animals. This is one of the best ways to reduce the need for antibiotic treatment.”

Mr Pesonen added: “A responsible use of antimicrobial agents along the whole food chain is vital.

“It’s a huge step towards controlling the spread of antimicrobial resistance and enabling the effective treatment of bacterial infections in animals as well as humans in the future.

“In this respect, we believe that the responsible use of antimicrobials is a shared responsibility between veterinarians, farmers, the entire food chain, and public authorities.”

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Global Meat Industry News

   European Union

Responsible Use of Antibiotics is Crucial
Alarming Rise of Antibiotic Resistance in Europe
Anger Rises at Loss of EU Scientific Advisor
EU Pig Prices: Sideward Movement Is Continuing
Flexibility over GMO Bans Backed


Prince Edward Island Lobster Trap Fishery Certified Sustainable
Organic Mussel Farmers Receive C$53,200 to Help Maintain Certifications

   Russian Federation

Cherkizovo Group Opens Novonikolskaya
How Can Russia Improve Milk Production?
Russia to Block Canadian Pork over Ractopamine


EU Pig Prices Hardly Moving
EUROTIER - Call for Cooperation to Rebuild Markets
EUROTIER: Seeking Solutions to Antibiotic Resistance

   United States

Hog Markets Hang in Balance
Tyson Sees Income Rise
Meat Supplies Still to Turn Corner
Production Forecast to Fall Over Next Two Years
Pork Production Lowest Level Since 2010
Education Programme for Pathogen Control in Poultry
Hog Futures Post Gains
Meat Trade Flows Show US Net Exporter
Thanksgiving Turkey Prices Up


Antimicrobials: Usage Falling, Resistance Rising
Market for Seafood Eco-Labels Continues to Grow
Animal Welfare and Sustainability Linked
Omega-3 Important in Salmon Feed

   United Kingdom

Tesco to Use West Country Beef in Finest range
Cattle Sheep Margins Improved Despite Challenge of Spring 2013
Poultry Firm Fined for Ammonia Spill Which Killed Thousands of Fish
Yorkshire Bird Flu Outbreak Prompts Calls for Vigilance on Poultry Farms
Moy Park Invests in Biomass Technology
UK Shoppers Spending More on Sausages
UK Consumers Expect Sustainable Seafood
New Branding for ‘Slow to Grow / Quick to Cook’ Turkey
Tulip Enters British Charcuterie
Firmer UK Beef Prices Next Year
Freshness Beats Traceability in Local Food Buying Habits
Sharing Data Across Supply Chain Benefits Everyone
Get the Best Out of Beef and Lamb This Winter


Japanese Beef Consumption Up


Free Trade Agreement with China to Benefit Australian Fisheries
ASC Certification for Tassal Salmon Farming Operations
Australian Vets Call For Careful Use of Antibiotics

   New Zealand

Red Meat Sector Welcomes FTA with Korea
NZ to Gain from Cooperation in EU


Increase in Irish Live Exports
Progress in Irish Beef Talks at Forum


Taiwan Tuna Fishery Certified Friend of the Sea


China Opens Up to Chilean Live Cattle and Beef


Brazil Confident of Saudi Beef Ban Lift


Higher Salmon Sales Increase Austevoll Seafood Revenue


Axfood and WWF Collaborate to Improve Supply of Sustainable Fish


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