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23 April 2014
AMR Strategy Action Plan
The Responsible Use of Medicines in Agriculture Alliance (RUMA) fully supports the UK Government’s Five Year Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) Strategy that was launched on 10 September 2013 and has produced an action plan for the livestock sector.
To see RUMA's AMR Strategy Action Plan click here......
To see the press release click here........

11 April 2014
RUMA launches new farmer poultry and game guidelines

The Responsible Use of Medicines in Agriculture Alliance (RUMA) is delighted to launch its revised guidelines for farmers on the Responsible Use of Antimicrobials in Poultry and Game Production.

To see the press release click here....
To view the Guidelines click here......

26 March 2014
RUMA surprise and disappointment at CMO's unprecedented proposal to kill animals rather than treat them with antibiotics
The Daily Mail reported yesterday that Professor Dame Sally Davies, the UK’s Chief Medical Officer, has proposed that badly infected animals should be slaughtered rather than treated with antibiotics.

The Mail article is focused on human antibiotic prescribing with just a small section on animal use. But this section also reports the CMO as claiming that antibiotic use in animals is a substantial source of antibiotic resistance in humans which is a dramatic change from her previous position and UK Government policy. Scientific evidence shows that the main source of resistant infections in people is the use of antibiotics in people.
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13 March 2014
RUMA press release: Carbapenems not used in livestock

The recently announced increase in carbapenem resistance in humans led to an Alliance to Save Our Antibiotics inspired article in The Independent on 12 March 2014 calling for a ban on carbapenem use in agriculture.

The Responsible Use of Medicines in Agriculture Alliance (RUMA) would like to point out that

  • there are no carbapenem antibiotic products authorised for use in animals and

  • there is no evidence of carbapenem use in livestock under the prescribing cascade (often referred to as off-label use).

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28 February 2014
RUMA 2014 Business Plan published

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29 January 2014
RUMA gives evidence to the House of Commons Select Committee on Science and Technology Inquiry into Antimicrobial Resistance

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18 November 2013
RUMA launches new pig guidelines
The Responsible Use of Medicines in Agriculture Alliance (RUMA) is delighted to launch its revised Pig Guidelines on 18 November, European Antibiotic Awareness Day.
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2013 revision - Responsible Use of Antimicrobials in Pig Production - short version
2013 revision - Responsible Use of Antimicrobials in Pig Production - long version

18 November 2013
Antibiotic Awareness Day

The Responsible Use of Medicines in Agriculture Alliance (RUMA) is delighted to support European Antibiotic Awareness Day on 18 November.

RUMA Secretary General, John FitzGerald, said antibiotics are key medicines in both human and animal health. Responsible use of antibiotics in livestock helps to maintain animal health and welfare and provide safe food for the consumer. Antibiotics should not be used as a substitute for good farm management which helps prevent disease and reduce the need for medicines.
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27 September 2013
RUMA appoints new Chairman
RUMA is delighted to announce the appointment of Gwyn Jones as the Alliance’s new Chairman.
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20 September 2013
An EPRUMA delegation led by Gwyn Jones, EPRUMA Chairman, met the European Commissioner for Health and Consumer Policy, Tonio Borg, on 16 September
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EPRUMA requested the Commission to make the Responsible Use of veterinary medicines a key component of the EU’s antibiotic strategy. 
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10 September 2013
Joint statement from DEFRA, BVA, RCVS, NFU, NOH and RUMA published by VMD welcoming the publication of the 5 year UK antimicrobial resistance strategy

Click here for the joint statement
Click here to see the strategy

7 August 2013
RUMA challenges claims of 'staggering' impact on human health from farm antibiotics
Alarmist reports in the media of the number of number of deaths in the UK linked to antibiotic use in farm animals come from out of date research says RUMA Secretary General John FitzGerald.
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Click here for the link to an abstract showing the latest research.....

12 June 2013
RUMA supports call for joint working to tackle antimicrobial resistance
RUMA Secretary General John FitzGerald comments on Science Minister David Willetts’ statement on antibiotics for the G8 Summit
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4 April 2013
RUMA statement on the preventive use of antibiotics in farm animals
RUMA has published a position statement on the preventive use of antibiotics in farm animals.
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11 March 2013
RUMA welcomes the CMO's warning about the threat of antimicrobial resistance
RUMA is in full agreement with Professor Dame Sally Davies’ warning about the threat of antimicrobial resistance which is a serious problem that threatens the efficacy of antibiotics used in both human and animal medicine.
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21 February 2013
RUMA 2013 Business and Marketing Plan published!

6 February 2013
RUMA welcomes new members

RUMA is pleased to announce that NFU Scotland and the Game Farmers’ Association have joined the Alliance.
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18 November 2012
Antibiotics Awareness Day
18 November 2012 is the EU’s Antibiotic Awareness Day and RUMA is urging farmers and vets to use this day to review whether they are using antibiotics responsibly.

RUMA Secretary General, John FitzGerald, said antibiotics are key medicines in both human and animal health. They should not be used as a substitute for good farm management which helps prevent disease but when they are used they help to maintain animal health and welfare and provide safe food for the consumer.
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2 November 2012
RUMA has commented on an Early Day Motion in the House of Commons on the Use of Antibiotics in Intensive Farming.

John FitzGerald, RUMA Secretary General, said “RUMA is disappointed by this EDM which repeats and relies on some of the myths on the use of antibiotics in agriculture and the impact this has on antibiotic resistance in humans.”
Click here for more - to read RUMA's full comment.....

20 September 2012
Antimicrobial use in veterinary medicine - paper for the European Commission
A consideration by the UK's Responsible Use in Agriculture Alliance (RUMA)

RUMA welcomes the Commission’s aims for the current review of the Veterinary Medicines Directive 2001/82 and Medicated Feedingstuffs Directive 90/167/EEC and especially to deliver a regulatory system that can address appropriately the antimicrobial resistance (AMR) challenge. RUMA also welcomes the Commission’s willingness to receive advice and comments from those working in the field as evidenced by the far reaching consultation and the experts’ meeting on antimicrobial resistance held in Brussels on 8 June 2012. At that meeting RUMA understands that the Commission invited further comment and is pleased to provide this paper.
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6 September 2012 - RUMA comments on the story about the use of antibiotics in food producing animals, and alleged link to the obesity epidemic in western Europe and other parts of the world

RUMA sets out reasons for its conclusion that the suggestion, reported in UK press,  that long term exposure to residues of antibiotics resulting from administration of these compounds to animals is leading to obesity in humans is not based on the results of the studies in mice, is not substantiated by any other data, ignores the quality and safety mechanisms built into our food chain and could cause unnecessary consumer concerns.
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5 September 2012 - RUMA in the press (Irish Examiner) as John FitzGerald speaks at APHA conference in Ireland

1 June 2012 - New EPRUMA poster on the responsible use of medicines.

The European platform for the responsible use of medicines in animals has produced a poster:  "Responsible use of medicines in animals: what does it mean?” Find out more here

3 March 2012 - Press release from RUMA - Response to Soil Association Report “E. Coli Superbugs on farms and food”

RUMA (the Responsible Use of Medicines in Agriculture Alliance) is disappointed and saddened by the tone of the latest report and press release from the Soil Association on Antimicrobial Resistance. The Alliance believes that these documents do not support the views expressed in the foreword by Helen Browning, the Soil Association’s Chief Executive, that she wants a collaborative approach to tackle the issue of antimicrobial resistance.

“RUMA welcomes constructive dialogue and suggestions to promote the responsible use of all medicines across the whole farming spectrum,” said RUMA Secretary General John FitzGerald.
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9 December 2011 - RUMA's response to the Save Our Antibiotics Alliance's open letter of 7 December 2011

RUMA has sent the following response to the Save Our Antibiotics Alliance’s open letter: click here for more......

29 November 2011- European Commission Action Plan against the rising threats from antimicrobial resistance

RUMA (the Responsible Use of Medicines in Agriculture Alliance) welcomes and strongly supports the European Commission Action Plan against the rising threat of Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR).

The European Commission has recommended a holistic approach to the rising threat of antimicrobial resistance development in its Communication to the European Parliament and the Council, published on 17 November 2011
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22 November 2011 - RUMA Business/Marketing Plan 2011/12

RUMA is an alliance of animal health industry groups (see annex A for current membership and RUMA officers) with the aim of promoting a co-ordinated and integrated approach to best practice in the use of medicines.

RUMA operates by providing best practice advice on the use of medicine to farmers and veterinary surgeons by publishing guidelines aimed at each of these groups and providing advice/comment on specific issues on its website

 It is important for RUMA to maintain a high profile amongst farmers and vets so that they can avail themselves of the advice on best practice use of medicines.
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18 November 2011 - International conference on Responsible use of antibiotics in animals, 14-16 November, the Netherlands

RUMA chairman Peter Allen spoke on 'The future of antibiotics in animals - evolution or revolution'.
Links to

left: the audience at the conference; right RUMA chairman Peter Allen visits the EPRUMA stand

18 November 2011 - RUMA comment on the report: Case Study of a Health crisis

RUMA believes the report Case Study of a Health Crisis by a coalition comprising Compassion in World Farming, the Soil Association and Sustain misses a great opportunity to help highlight the importance of both medical and veterinary practitioners working together to help preserve the efficacy of antimicrobials for both human and animal health.

RUMA acknowledges the increased risk of antimicrobial resistance developing from the irresponsible use of antibiotics in human and animal medicine and believes that antibiotics should be used as little as often and as much as necessary. It already produces guidelines for farmers and vets on the responsible use of antibiotics on farms.

The RUMA guidelines stress that antibiotics should not be used as a substitute for good husbandry practices whatever the farming system. Click here for more......

6 June 2011 - RUMA statement on new strain of MRSA

Scientists from the University of Cambridge Veterinary School have published a paper showing that a new strain of meticillin-resistant Staphyloccus aureus (MRSA) has been discovered in milk from dairy cows and in people.

For RUMA statement click here

3 June 2011 - SCOPS revised leaflet on Blowfly Control

SCOPS has warned that weather conditions in 2011 have led to an early and high challenge from Blowflies. 

To help sheep farmers plan and get the most from the products they choose, SCOPS have updated their leaflet on Blowfly control. This contains details of all the products available, the length of protection that can be expected if they are applied properly and withdrawal periods.

See www.nationalsheep.org for more SCOPS information.

18 May 2011 -  MEPs have called for the responsible and prudent use of antimicrobial medicines in food animals, in a resolution adopted by the European Parliament.

They also called for more information to be given to vets and farmers to minimise the development of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in animals - a statement supported by RUMA.

The NFU Brussels office commented that veterinary medicines should be used ‘as little as possible, but as much as necessary’ and added that the UK was already leading the way in Europe through its Responsible Use of Medicines in Agriculture Alliance (RUMA) initiative to help educate farmers.

RUMA, at a UK level and EPRUMA, across the EU, promote the responsible use of all animal medicines, including antimicrobials.

See here for RUMA's practical guidelines on the use of antimicrobials in pigs, poultry, cattle, sheep and fish. Guidelines are also available on the responsible use of vaccines.

About RUMA

The Responsible Use of Medicines in Agriculture Alliance (RUMA) was established in November 1997 to promote the highest standards of food safety, animal health and animal welfare in British livestock farming.

RUMA is a unique initiative involving organisations representing every stage of the food chain, facilitating transparency and traceability in the process.

A unique initiative involving organisations representing every stage of the "farm to fork" process, RUMA aims to promote a co-ordinated and integrated approach to best practice in the use of medicines