Livestock: Antibiotics

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 2nd July 2015.

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Photo of Lord Kennedy of Southwark Lord Kennedy of Southwark Labour

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of whether the use of antibiotic products on farm animals contributes significantly to the antibiotic resistance problem.

Photo of Lord Gardiner of Kimble Lord Gardiner of Kimble Captain of the Queen's Bodyguard of the Yeomen of the Guard (HM Household) (Deputy Chief Whip, House of Lords)

Bacteria naturally adapt and find new ways to survive the effects of an antibiotic; any use of an antibiotic accelerates the risk that bacteria will develop resistance.

The Government continues to carry out research and surveillance to better understand the link between antibiotic use and development of resistance.

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