Meat | World Antibiotic Awareness Week |Day #2



On Day 2 of World Antibiotic Awareness Week we are looking at the meat industry and their use for antibiotics. Antibiotics are frequently used for rapid growth promotion and prevention of illness in animals living in cramped conditions within the livestock and poultry industry.

The demand for livestock across the world has grown rapidly in recent decades due to a swift rise in the population across the globe. As demand rises so to does the risks associated with more animals being farmed an example of this being their living conditions, which tend to get worse as they are kept in cramp and unhygienic conditions. When kept in these conditions the rise of disease is prevalent. To treat these animals, veterinarians and farmers will treat the animals with antibiotics.

The use of antibiotics in livestock is decreasing in more developed countries with the UK now claiming that only 30% of all antibiotics used, are used in the livestock and poultry industries. More vigorous schemes are being set up to control and monitor the usage of antibiotics in animals.

The European Union (EU) have strict guidelines regarding antibiotic use in food-producing animals (37/2010/EC). This includes the use of hormonal substances for growth promotion, including zeranol and trenbolone, in addition to the beta-agonist drug ractopamine. Ractopamine is currently banned or restricted in over 160 nations, including Russia and the United States. New EU legislation which becomes law in 2022, bans the use of antibiotics on animals that are important for human medicine use and prohibits any antimicrobials in livestock without a vet prescription.

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