Saturday, 23 June 2012

Antibiotics in British Livestock: Questions in Parliament

This week in parliament. 

Reasonable questions about antibiotic resistance in British livestock asked in the House of Commons on Thursday and very unsatisfactory answers given. 

We can all see the questions. We don’t see much in the way of answers.

Zac Goldsmith MP asks for details of tests, results and assessments of antibiotic resistant strains of salmonella, campylobacter, E. coli and Enterococci in  poultry, pigs and cattle since 2000.

The answers from Defra's Minister, Mr Paice, hardly illuminate, mostly because little recent information is available for the UK, despite the obvious risks to public health. Research is almost non-existent.

Britain's government veterinarians do not find what they deliberately do not look for. 

The full questions and the answers are available on the House of Commons website here