Sunday, 4 August 2013

Antibiotic Resistance in Chicken - Human Deaths in Britain

There is a pretty important article in The Sunday Times today. (4th August 2013)

The links between antibiotic use in livestock and consequential human deaths becomes ever clearer.

Any suggestions from veterinarians and farming organisations that the situation in Britain is better, and under control, are ridiculous.

A very thorough criminal investigation and public enquiry into veterinary conduct, antibiotic use in Britain, disinformation campaigns and associated cover-ups is long overdue: thirteen years overdue.

Full article here (paywall)

Hundreds killed by drug resistant bugs in chicken
Jon Ungoed-Thomas

About 280 people are dying in Britain each year from antibiotic-resistant superbugs from chicken, spawned by the food industry’s drive to maximise yields, according to a new study...

...The international group of scientists that carried out the study included an adviser from the World Health Organisation, and said the number of avoidable deaths was “staggering”.

The evidence was welcomed by Professor Dame Sally Davis, the chief medical officer...