Monday, 26 November 2012

Momentum on livestock antibiotic resistance

Well, well, everything is now on the move. Incredibly slowly, but like an elephant, it will take some stopping.

The British veterinary establishment generally do not want change, but at least they now understand that change is going to be imposed on them.

As part of the reform process, they will need to offer some explanations for the discrepancies in the public record,

The problem is that they don't seem to like the changes the EU has in mind much.

Well, they wouldn't, would they?

Washed up Defra, Britain's infamous agricultural ministry, won't be able to protect them any longer and will merely paddle with the tide.

It's good to see the Chief Medical Officer's warning getting more publicity in veterinary publications.

World Veterinary Association report here

Momentum on resistance

THE level of interest in antimicrobial resistance generated by European Antibiotic Awareness Day, which is held each year on November 18, continues to grow...

...This year's event has again been accompanied by a flurry of activity, including a well-publicised warning from England's Chief Medical Officer that 'antibiotics are losing their effectiveness at a rate that is both alarming and irreversible - similar to global warming'.

The Department of Health, working with Defra and other government departments, is currently in the process of developing a new cross-governmental Antimicrobial Resistance Strategy and Action Plan, which it intends to publish sometime next year. Meanwhile, attention continues to focus on veterinary use of antimicrobials, as various developments have illustrated.

26 Nov 2012

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