New antibiotic guidelines ‘ill advised’

Recommendations from the World Health Organization that farmers stop using antibiotics to prevent illness are not sitting easily with all livestock producer groups. WHO released its recommendations on antibiotic use Nov. 7 with the goal of helping to preserve effectiveness of the drugs in the face of growing bacterial resistance that could pose a threat […] Read more

Investor group warns US/Canada farm antibiotic policy lagging EU

LOS ANGELES, Nov 15 (Reuters) – The United States and Canada are falling behind Europe in the fight to curb the overuse and misuse of antibiotics in meat production and experts are warning of the possibility of dangerous drug-resistant “superbug” infections as a result, according to a new report from investor group Farm Animal Investment […] Read more

Stop using antibiotics in healthy animals, WHO urges farmers

LONDON/CHICAGO, Nov 7 (Reuters) – The World Health Organization urged farmers on Tuesday to stop using antibiotics to promote growth and prevent disease in healthy animals because the practice fuels dangerous drug-resistant superbug infections in people. Describing a lack of effective antibiotics for humans as “a security threat” on a par with “a sudden and […] Read more

Antimicrobial resistance a global issue

QUEBEC CITY, Que. — Resistance to antimicrobials has turned into a major health crisis, says the head of the centre for disease dynamics, economics and policy. “We have not seen a problem of this magnitude that encompasses the world since HIV,” said Ramana Laxminarayan, who is also affiliated with Princeton University. Bacterial resistance to antimicrobials […] Read more

Health Canada tightens antibiotic use

Antibiotics for treatment, not prevention | Medically beneficial antibiotics can only be used under advice of a veterinarian

Health Canada plans to phase out the use of antibiotics for growth promotion in livestock. In a notice issued April 10, the federal department said the move is designed to minimize development of antimicrobial resistance. In collaboration with the Canadian Animal Health Institute (CAHI), Health Canada said it will implement two key measures: removal of […] Read more