Report from AMR Review targets antimicrobials in animals and agriculture

08 Dec 2015
Written by
Nina Cromeyer Dieke

In a report published today, Jim O'Neill's Review on Antimicrobial Resistance provides an overview of the use of antibiotics in animals and agriculture, and the role that manufacturing and use of antimicrobials play in bringing these into the wider environment.  The report calls for three interventions: 

  • A global target needs to be set to reduce use of antibiotics in food production and that we should reassess which antibiotics should be used in both animals and humans. 
  • It recommends that there be minimum standards set to limit the release of active pharmaceutical ingredients during the manufacturing process. 
  • It proposes that there be improved surveillance to monitor the situation with respect to both these issues and to help to inform global standards and targets.

As Dr Lance Price wrote in his blog for us last month, as the world’s appetite for meat grows, so will the use of antibiotics. And it’s projected that by 2030, the food-animal sector will use 105,000 tons of antibiotics annually. The sheer volume of antibiotics used in food animals around the world is staggering. According to a new report, The State of the World’s Antibiotics 2015, two-thirds of all of the antibiotics produced globally each year (65,000 tons of 100,000 tons) are used in animal agriculture.

Read the latest report from the AMR Review: Antimicrobials in agriculture and the environment: reducing unnecessary use and waste

Prime Minister David Cameron commissioned the Review on Antimicrobial Resistance in July 2014 to address the growing global problem of drug-resistant infections. It is Chaired by Lord Jim O’Neill and backed by the Wellcome Trust and the UK Government.

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