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 model of regulation of antimicrobial use in food-producing animals 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

Variations in the structure of veterinary practice and the livestock industries in the two countries mean that aspects of the Danish model may not be applicable to the United Kingdom. However, implementation of the UK Five Year Antimicrobial Strategy will involve the development of plans to improve antimicrobial use, taking account of the available evidence and any revisions to relevant European Union legislation, including the responsible use of antimicrobials in food producing animals. The strategy will be published shortly.

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