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The systemic use of antibiotics in farm animals is a major contributor to antimicrobial resistance

More than 80% of all antibiotics produced in the world go into animal husbandry and lot feeding in particular.  The majority of these antibiotics are used prophylactically – as growth promoters, for health maintenance and to improve cost efficiencies. 

The high volume of antibiotics used in this way contributes directly to the development of antimicrobial-resistant bacteria.  These bacteria can then be transmitted via direct contact between animals and humans, or through the food chain and the environment – soil, water. 

How does the systematic use of antibiotics in livestock production affect antibiotic resistance?

Dame Sally Davies, Chief Medical Officer UK –
Sounding the alarm on antibiotics
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Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Mary of Denmark –
World Antibiotic Awareness Week.

The demand for antibiotic free meat is growing. ​For producers the time for change is now.​

In the last 12 months, powerhouses, McDonalds, Subway and Costco have announced antibiotic reduction initiatives* in their supply chains. Discover how going ‘antibiotic-free’ will affect your future livestock business.