A resistance to antibiotics that are needed to treat serious diseases in humans has been found in meat in the food chain according to a European Union summary report on antimicrobial resistance in humans, animals and food.
Farmers are using thousands of tonnes of colistin on healthy chickens to boost their weight.
The Alliance to Save Our Antibiotics warn post-Brexit deal-makers not to lower UK farm standards to match US - where antibiotic use is five times higher than in the UK
The Alliance to Save Our Antibiotics is calling on the Government to ban farm use of antibiotics that are critically important for human medicine, following a Food Standards Agency survey revealing record levels of anti-microbial resistance in supermarket chicken.
2017 was a big year in the world of antibiotics and agriculture. Global concern about the growing threat of antimicrobial resistance was on the up, whilst antibiotic use on UK farms overall was down. The Alliance to Save our Antibiotics reflects on the key developments of 2017 and looks forward to what we can expect in 2018.
The University of Nottingham have developed a new free tool to reduce the use of antibiotics on dairy farms. It is hoped this will help combat antimicrobial resistance in the farming industry and beyond.
The Alliance to Save Our Antibiotics has welcomed decisions by leading supermarkets M&S and Waitrose to publish data on antibiotic use in their supply chains. This will enable better targeting of action to reduce farm antibiotic use.
Are antibiotics a threat to public health and how is British farming responding? The Alliance to Save Our Antibiotics and the Royal Society of Medicine are holding an event to discuss antimicrobial resistance.
US farm antibiotic use is now more than twice as high per animal as it is in the UK, raising questions of what standards we will expect from US meat under new trade deals, for which talks re-commence this week.
The film by The Pew Charitable Trusts tells the story of Chris Linaman who got an antibiotic-resistant infection. Two million Americans get antibiotic-resistant infections each year.
A new report by the Alliance to Save Our Antibiotics discloses which supermarkets routinely use antibiotics in their meat production.
The Alliance to Save Our Antibiotics welcomed the 17% cut in the year-on-year sales of antibiotics for use in farm animals, announced today by Defra’s Veterinary Medicines Directorate.
A coalition of organisations in the US is using the formidable buying power of America's fast food industry to leverage reductions in antibiotic use along meat supply chains.
The fast food giant's US restaurants already serve chicken raised without the use of those antibiotics that have been categorised by the World Health Organisation as critically important to humans. McDonald's now plans to extend the policy to markets in the rest of the world, and to other meat supply chains.
This is an exciting opportunity to play a leading role in campaigning to save antibiotics from unnecessary use, improve the health and welfare of farm animals, and prevent the growing threat of antibiotic resistant superbugs.
A new study has revealed extremely high levels of E.coli resistant to essential antibiotics for treating serious human E. coli infections on British supermarket chicken and pork
Helen Browning talks about the work of the Alliance to Save our Antibiotics in an episode of BBC Panorama aired on 23 May 2016. Watch a short clip on youtube of "Antibiotic Crisis".
The Alliance to Save our Antibiotics has welcomed todays O’Neill Report on tackling the crisis in antimicrobial resistance and calls on Defra to set ambitious targets to reduce farm antibiotic use.
The Alliance to Save our Antibiotics and Medact invite you to attend this important conference on 14th April 2016, to address public health concerns about the over-use of antibiotics in farming.
Fifty international medical experts have joined forces to call for a ban on the 'just in case' use of antibiotics in farming across Europes, to tackle the rise of antibiotic resistance in bacteria.
Testing run by the Alliance to Save our Antibiotics suggests that British consumers are already being exposed to MRSA. In fact, a person eating pork twice a week may be consuming contaminated meat once every three months. This is the first time MRSA of livestock origin has been found in British pork.
The leaflet looks at the big facts about overuse of antibiotics in the livestock sector, what our recommendations are and how many countries have taken action successfully to limit use. Download here.
'New targets must be set and met in both medicine and agriculture' say Royal Colleges in a letter in The Times today to coincide with European Antibiotics Awareness Day(1).
Published by the Alliance to Save Our Antibiotics, this report sets out the powerful case to show that profligate farm antibiotic use can no longer be afforded. Just under half of all antibiotics used in the UK are given to farm animals, contributing to the alarming rise in antibiotic resistance that could see a return to the days when minor injuries and routine surgical procedures in human beings were fatal.
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