Under the Lion Code of Practice, the egg industry’s quality assurance scheme accounting for more than 90% of UK egg production, the use of fluoroquinolones at day-old and the use of all 3rd and 4th generation cephalosporins is prohibited. The use of colistin is also prohibited.
Antibiotics are not used routinely in layer flocks.
Vaccines are used to prevent viral diseases, which then prevents any secondary bacterial diseases that might otherwise require antibiotic treatment.
The Lion Code requires the vaccination of all birds, destined to produce Lion eggs, to be vaccinated against Salmonella.
The egg sector is a low user of antibiotics.
The egg sector has been working to identify and agree meaningful objectives for further refining antibiotic use.
These objectives will be published, alongside those for the other key farming sectors, at the RUMA conference on 27 October (see Events page).