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Antimicrobial resistance will surge unless use of antibiotics in animal feed is reduced

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: (Published 07 October 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f6050
  1. Anne Gulland
  1. 1London

The use of antibiotics in agriculture must be curbed in a bid to stop the growing threat of antimicrobial resistance, England’s chief medical officer, Sally Davies, has said.

Davies told a meeting on antimicrobial resistance at the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House) in London that 70% of the antibiotics dispensed in the United States were used in animals, particularly in agriculture, where they were used to encourage growth in livestock destined for human consumption.

“One of the things that worries me is the massive use of antibiotics in animals. I think we have this the wrong way round. The vets need to prove why they need so many antibiotics, and …

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