England’s chief medical officer has warned of a “post-antibiotic apocalypse” as she urged world leaders to address the real threat of antibiotic resistance.
“It is a One Health problem that affects all of us – the public, doctors, vets, animal keepers – and we can all play a part in tackling it,” Mr Fitzgerald said.
“We are expecting further reductions when the sales data from 2016 is released by the Veterinary Medicines Directorate later this month,” Mr Fitzgerald added.
Furthermore, each livestock sector has been working on setting its own targets for reducing, refining or replacing antibiotics.
The group is calling on the government to ensure that its Repeal Bill fully converts EU legislation controlling farm antibiotic use into UK law.
Between 2014 and 2015, sales of antibiotics for farm animals fell 10 percent.