Info Service on Health Issues (Jun18/10)
27 June 2018
Third World Network
NRDC report: antibiotic overuse in pig production contributing
to spread of antibiotic resistance
friends and colleagues,
recent report from the US Natural Resources Defence Council (NRDC)
estimates that more than 27 percent of all medically important antibiotics
sold in the US are for pig production, while a roughly equivalent
amount (27.6%) is sold for use in human medicine.
to the NRDC report, the widespread antibiotic overuse in the pork
industry and livestock production is a key contributor to the spread
of antibiotic resistance in both animals and humans.
key findings in the report reveal:
US pork industry accounts for 37 percent of all US livestock sales
of medically important antibiotics;
pork industry feeds medically important antibiotics to entire herds
of animals even when no pigs are sick;
of antibiotics occurs with the growing consolidation of the US pork
industry dominated by larger, specialised farms and by fewer businesses,
which dictate production practices;
pork producers use twice as much antibiotics per kilogram of animal
as do UK producers, and seven times the levels used in Denmark or
information on the use of antibiotics in livestock production, including
in pigs, remains scarce in the US.
irresponsible use of antibiotics on pig farms has created ripe conditions
for drug-resistant bacteria to multiply and spread from farms to
peopleí, states the report.
an example, the report cites the rise of a livestock-associated
strain of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in
pig farm workers and their families in several countries.
the absence of federal action, the report hopes that consumer demand
for antibiotic-free pork will make an impact on the pork industry
as it has on the poultry industry in the US.
13-page NRDC report entitled Better Bacon: Why itís high time the
US pork industry stopped pigging out on antibiotics can be downloaded
from the link given here: https://assets.nrdc.org/sites/default/files/better-bacon-pork-industry-antibiotics-ib.pdf?_ga=2.244159750.2074755176.1529906610-1042825980.1529906610
With best wishes,
Third World Network