Antimicrobial resistance, food animal & human health
17 Jul 2018 17:00-18:30
Committee Room 4a, House of Lords
At their last meeting before the summer recess, Forum members discussed antimicrobial resistance, food animal and human health with Professor Jonathan Van-Tam, the Deputy Chief Medical Officer for England, and John Fishwick, President of the British Veterinary Association. They were reminded of Lord O’Neill’s warning that unless drastic steps were taken to tackle AMR, 10 million lives a year could be at risk by the middle of the century. More encouragingly the guest speakers reported that the UK is making very good progress in reducing the prescription of antibiotics in primary care and the livestock sector. At present the UK is the only country to have brought its antibiotic usage in farming below the O’Neill review’s recommended limit of 50mg per kilo of live animal’s weight (50mg/k).