Use of antibiotics double in US compared to European neighbours


The shocking news comes just weeks after a WHO call for a decrease in antibiotics in agriculture worldwide.

Use of antibiotics double in US compared to European neighbours

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The shocking news comes just weeks after a WHO call for a decrease in antibiotics in agriculture worldwide.

Use of antibiotics double in US compared to European neighbours

In recent weeks we have brought you the news of the need to curb antibiotic use in farming due to antibiotic resistance. Its now emerged that US farmers are using double the amount of antibiotics compared to European farmers such as the UK.

The news was released by the food and farming body Sustain which studied data from the US Food and Drug Administration.

So widespread is the use that antibiotic use has increased by 15% in the five years up to 2015.

This is twice as high as animals in the UK the Farmers Weekly has reported.

WHO

The WHO (World Health Organisation) recently called on farmers worldwide to stop using antibiotics to promote growth and prevent disease in healthy animals.

The overuse of antibiotics has lead to antibiotic resistance and is now seen as a potential health time bomb.

The WHO recommendations are part of new guidelines to help ensure drugs remain effective in fighting life-threatening diseases in humans.

Overuse and misuse of antibiotics in animals and humans have contributed to the growth of superbugs which are immune to existing drug treatments.

"A lack of effective antibiotics is as serious a security threat as a sudden and deadly disease outbreak," WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in a statement launching the UN agency's new recommendations.

"Strong, sustained action across all sectors is vital if we are to turn back the tide of antimicrobial resistance and keep the world safe.’

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