Livestock: Antibiotics

Department of Health written question – answered on 3rd July 2015.

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Photo of David Anderson David Anderson Labour, Blaydon

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to address the effect of the overuse of antibiotics in farms animals.

Photo of Jane Ellison Jane Ellison The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

Tackling the inappropriate use of antibiotics in both humans and animals is a key part of the UK Five Year Antimicrobial Resistance Strategy 2013-18, which was developed by the Department of Health jointly with the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) and the Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD).

Oversight of the implementation of the UK Strategy is the responsibility of the High Level Steering Group which is chaired by a senior Department of Health official and includes representatives from both Defra and VMD. The Steering Group produced an annual report and implementation plan in December 2014. This plan includes steps to reduce antibiotic usage in livestock production in real terms over the next four years. The document is available at:

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