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Antimicrobials in the production of farm animals

A review of the strategies in place in selected countries to restrict the development of antibiotic resistance.

Year of Publication2006

There is growing concern that the effectiveness of antimicrobials is being compromised because of a build-up of resistance in human pathogens. It is sensible, therefore, to limit the usage in human medicine and in animal production as much as possible. This paper compares the usage with farm animals in countries for which information is available. Results show that the strategies adopted in Sweden and Denmark have been successful in restricting antimicrobial usage very substantially.

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intensive animal productionantibiotic resistance
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