August 20, 2019
Yearly average of 182 tonnes of antibiotics for animal use sold, research claims
A yearly average of 182 tonnes of antibiotics were sold for use on animals between 2005 and 2010, according to researchers from Australia's Monash University and Alfred Health
Hence, in a report recently published in the Medical Journal of Australia, the researchers called for a reduction in the amount of antibiotics being administered to livestock in order to address the risk of antibiotic resistance in humans.
"The increasing intensification of modern food animal production has resulted in an increase in antimicrobial use in livestock, for both therapeutic and non-therapeutic purposes," the report said.
"There are a number of mechanisms by which antimicrobial use in animals affects resistance in human pathogens, such as transmission by direct contact and indirectly, through food consumption and environmental contamination."
According to the study, the application of antimicrobials in animals should be cut down in non-therapeutic circumstances such as growth control.
The researchers also advised that the spread of pathogens should be better controlled before antibiotics are required, such as through vaccination and better designed production facilities.