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Livestock: Antibiotics

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 29th November 2016.

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Photo of Jim Cunningham Jim Cunningham Labour, Coventry South

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate she has made of the level of antibiotic use in meat-producing animals in each of the last five years; and if she will make a statement.

Photo of George Eustice George Eustice The Minister of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

The latest report (UK-VARSS 2015) was published on GOV.UK on the 17 November 2016. The report contains sales of antibiotics indicated for food-producing animals. As an agreed harmonised EU method is used to calculate these data it also includes horses.

The report shows that sales reduced by 10% from 62mg/PCU in 2014 to 56mg/PCU in 2015, taking it to the lowest level in four years.

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