Letters Antibiotics in animal feed

Ban routine use of critically important antibiotics in food animals

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f4976 (Published 13 August 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f4976
  1. Peter Collignon, infectious diseases physician1
  1. 1Australian National University, PO Box 11, Woden, 2606 ACT, Australia
  1. collignon.peter{at}gmail.com

I am amazed that anyone can still state that the use of antibiotics in the feed or water of food animals does not cause serious problems in humans.1 Massive amounts of antibiotics are given to food animals (over 70% of total antibiotic use in the world). Many are critically important, such as fluoroquinolones, so this practice can cause …

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