Antimicrobial resistance - why the irresponsible use of antibiotics in agriculture must stop

Please find here attached the report 'Antimicrobial resistance - why the irresponsible use of antibiotics in agriculture must stop'.

The report was revised in June 2015 and it is briefing from the 'Alliance to Save Our Antibiotics' which is a coalition of health, medical, environmental and animal welfare groups campaigning to stop the overuse of antibiotics in animal farming.

The briefing reveals for the first time that medical use of antibiotics which are critically important in medicine (CIAs) is going down, but farm usage is going up. This is the first time these data trends are presented together. The alliance was founded by the Soil Association (certification body for organic food in the UK), Compassion in World Farming, and Sustain, and is supported by the Jeremy Coller Foundation.

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Animal health law is of ‘great importance’ for public health


animal healthAround 70 per cent of communicable diseases are shared between animals and humans, explains rapporteur Marit Paulsen.

She kicks off the cover feature of the parliament magazine on animal health by calling the European commission's proposal a law of "great importance" for public health. As parliament's rapporteur on the EU's new animal health legislation, the ALDE deputy warns that "70 per cent of our infectious diseases are common for animals and humans", and cites Salmonella as a prime example, able to spread from pigs and dogs to humans "at great cost for national healthcare systems".

Paola Testori Coggi, director general of DG Sanco, stresses that new animal health rules should be "simple and smart" and that, together with commission proposals which aim to "optimise the single market" for medicines, can help to foster a more "competitive farming sector".

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