A recent publication by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations addresses effects of antibiotic resistance due to use in livestock production. The opening sentence of the Executive Summary of the paper states, “It is now accepted that increased antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in bacteria affecting humans and animals in recent decades is primarily influenced by an increase in usage of antimicrobials for a variety of purposes, including therapeutic and non-therapeutic uses in animal production”. However, later in the paper are found statements such as
However, notwithstanding the last statement, there also appears to be little if any doubt that use of antimicrobials in food animal production that are important in human medicine will come under increased scrutiny and regulation, especially for non-therapeutic uses.
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