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WHO Guidelines Call For Limiting Antibiotic Use Among Food-Producing Animals Due To Risk To Human Health

CIDRAP News: WHO calls for an end to antibiotic use in healthy animals
“Citing the benefits to public health, the World Health Organization (WHO) [Tuesday] called for an overall reduction in the use of antibiotics in food-producing animals, recommending that farmers stop using antibiotics for growth promotion and disease prevention in healthy animals…” (Dall, 11/7).

The Guardian: Farmers must stop antibiotics use in animals due to human health risk, warns WHO
“…Using antimicrobial medicines on farm animals is one of the leading causes of the rise of superbugs, resistant to all but the strongest antibiotics. Medical authorities warn that the antibiotics available to treat even relatively minor human diseases are running out because of the rapid rise of such resistance…” (Harvey, 11/7).

HuffPost: WHO Urges End To Routine Antibiotic Use In Farm Animals To Stem Rise Of Superbugs
“…Limiting the antibiotics given to food-producing animals — such as chickens, cows, and pigs — can reduce antibiotic-resistant bacteria in those animals by up to 39 percent, according to a report published in The Lancet on Monday…” (Weber, 11/7).

Intellectual Property Watch: WHO Issues Guidelines Against Antibiotic Overuse In Farms And Food Industry
“…The U.N. health agency issued a set of recommendations to remedy this problem and ‘strongly recommends an overall reduction in the use of all classes of medically important antibiotics in food producing animals, including complete restriction of these antibiotics for growth promotion and disease prevention without diagnosis’…” (Saez, 11/7).

Reuters: Stop using antibiotics in healthy animals, WHO urges farmers
“Describing a lack of effective antibiotics for humans as ‘a security threat’ on a par with ‘a sudden and deadly disease outbreak,’ WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said ‘strong and sustained action across all sectors’ was vital to turn back the tide of resistance and ‘keep the world safe’…” (Kelland/Polansek, 11/7).

Scientific American: WHO Moves to Contain Superbugs on the Farm
“…But these recommendations are not law. … [T]he CODEX Alimentarius’s task force on antimicrobial resistance — an intergovernmental group that reviews these recommendations and other data — will consider them in a meeting later this month. The body could eventually decide to codify them into international standards that could be used to regulate global trade…” (Maron, 11/7).

U.N. News Centre: U.N. health agency recommends farmers stop using antibiotics in healthy animals
“…Many countries have already taken action to reduce the use of antibiotics in food-producing animals. For example, since 2006, the European Union has banned the use of antibiotics for growth promotion. Consumers are also driving the demand for meat raised without routine use of antibiotics, with some major food chains adopting ‘antibiotic-free’ policies for their meat supplies…” (11/7).

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