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

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f6050 (Published 07 October 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f6050

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

Dear Editors,

Essential oil of Origanum vulgaris(oregano), containing high quantities of carvacrol, apart from exhibiting broad spectrum bactericidal activity, even against antibiotic-resistant strains[1], broad spectrum fungicidal activity, without any side effects, even against fluconazole resistant strains[2], has also antinociceptive[6] and potent anti-inflammatory activity[3][4][5].

Used in animal feed, it can drastically reduce antibiotics, while turning feed more palatable.

References

[1] http://www.bmj.com/content/317/7159/609/rr/634773
[2] http://www.bmj.com/content/337/bmj.39357.558183.94/rr/630538
[3] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22363615
[4] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21382660
[5] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22892022
[6] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23146035

Competing interests: No competing interests

09 October 2013
Stavros Saripanidis
Consultant in Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Private Surgery
Thessaloniki, Greece