Praise for Antibiotic Reduction in British Poultry Sector

UK - The British Poultry Sector has been praised for its reduction of antibiotic use after official release of a new report at a reception in parliament.
calendar icon 6 May 2016
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The report, ‘Leading the Way in the Responsible Use of Antibiotics’, showed the sector reduced its use of antibiotics by 44 per cent since 2012.

At the reception, Minister George Eustice praised the steps the poultry industry has taken to understand and reduce its use of antibiotics, and its commitment to open and transparent reporting.

British Poultry Council (BPC) Chairman, John Reed, said: “Antibiotic use is an incredibly important subject for both animal and human health. The British poultry sector has taken a lead in understanding its own use and impact, and we hope that others will follow suit.”

He continued: “Since 2011 we have worked with the VMD to collect accurate poultry-specific data, and we are delighted that we have reduced our use of antibiotics by 44 per cent. Our priority remains the health of our birds, and the responsible therapeutic use of antibiotics is crucial.”

Also speaking, Professor Peter Boriello, Chief Executive of the Veterinary Medicines Directorate, commended the sector for leading the way and engaging with stakeholders.

The BPC is the first livestock sector group to share its use data with government and stakeholders. Under the title of the BPC Antibiotic Stewardship Scheme the sector is committed to continue to drive best practice across the industry.

Mr Reed concluded: “A 44 per cent reduction in use of antibiotics is amazing during a period when UK production of poultry meat rose by 5 per cent. This is about highly skilled people using antibiotics responsibly and we look forward to reporting our progress.”

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