WHO urges animal antibiotic curbs

The World Health Organisation (WHO) recommended governments dramatically cut antibiotic use in farm animals, including a ban on their use in growth promotion.

Key recommendations include:

– a reduction in use of medically important antimicrobial in food-producing animals;

– a complete restriction of use in food-producing animals for growth promotion;

– a complete restriction of use for prophylaxis in food-producing animals with no clinical diagnosis;

– that antimicrobials classified as critically important for human medicine should not be used to treat food-producing animals.

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