A new study now claims that the heavy use of
antibiotics in livestock farming is cause of many superbugs, causing illness on
a large scale.
Superbugs, including salmonella, campylobacter and E.coli, are said to have
developed an immunity to antibiotics, which is an issue reportedly recognised by
the World Health Organisation and doctors and academics who have called for a
reduction in the use of antibiotics on farms and in human medicine, reports the
This problem has been highlighted in a study published by the
Food Commission by organic farming expert and policy adviser to the Soil
Association, Richard Young.
"The use of antibiotics is a cornerstone of
intensive livestock production and because this is such an enormous industry
there will inevitably be a reluctance to change," he said.
"No one wants
to stop farmers using antibiotics when they are genuinely needed. However, there
are a number of very serious problems now developing and the evidence
increasingly suggests that food is part of the problem."
Young went on to
say that we need an urgent review of the overall situation with clear
recommendations to prevent an "impending crisis". Experts at EFSA have called
for a Europe-wide review of safety regimes to tackle the growing menace of food
A report from EFSA experts published this year concluded that
"Antimicrobial resistance of bacteria is a growing concern as antimicrobials
become less effective in fighting human infections", and this coincides with a
rise in bacterial resistance to antimicrobials in animal populations," said
"The principal foods carrying such antimicrobial resistant
bacteria are poultry meat, eggs, pork or beef," the report
â€¢ European Food Safety Authority (EFSA)
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