Food producing animals account for 35% of antibiotic use in the UK

Antibiotic use in the poultry sector decreased by 71% between 2012 and 2016


Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) – and more particularly, antibiotic resistance – is one of the greatest threats to human health globally. Experts predict that without policies in place to reduce antimicrobial use, resistance could be responsible for 10 million deaths each year globally by 2050.

In the UK, AMR has been placed on the Government’s national risk register alongside terrorism and pandemic ‘flu. As part of a ‘One Health’ strategy for tackling AMR in people, animals and the environment, the medical and veterinary professions have been tasked with reducing unnecessary and inappropriate prescriptions of antibiotics.

To help deliver this mission, the website has been set up by RUMA, the independent agricultural and food industry alliance which has been promoting responsible use of medicines in farm animals since 1997. It aims to communicate facts and the work of the scientific, agricultural and food production communities, inspire change in farmers and among farming communities, and help inform interested members of the public.

Antibiotic resistance has the potential to affect anyone and apportioning blame achieves little in terms of progress. In order to save our antibiotics, it is time to work together and take action.

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