Antibiotics

Health written question – answered on 9th September 2013.

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Photo of Zac Goldsmith Zac Goldsmith Conservative, Richmond Park

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what consideration has been given to the Danish VetStat model of collection of data on antimicrobial use on farms in the development of his Department's UK five-year antimicrobial resistance strategy.

Photo of Anna Soubry Anna Soubry The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

The Government is aware of systems in place in other European Union countries, whereby surveillance of antibiotic consumption is undertaken by livestock industries, in collaboration with vets. However, in the United Kingdom data are collected on the sale of veterinary antimicrobials. Furthermore, Europe is aiming to harmonise collection and reporting all these data through the European Surveillance of Veterinary Antimicrobial Consumption.

Data collection and usage will also form part of the implementation of the UK Antimicrobial Resistance Strategy, which will be published shortly.

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