Position Papers

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RUMA information note on antibiotics and the responsible use of antibiotics in farm animals

Information Note on Antibiotic Resistance and the Responsible Use of Antibiotics in Farm Animals

RUMA’s briefing paper aims to:

  1. Explain antibiotic resistance and why it matters to human and animal health

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RUMA Guidelines

RUMA action plan for implementing the UK 5 year AMR strategy

The UK 5 year AMR Strategy was launched on 10 September 2013. RUMA, a unique alliance of 23 organisations across the whole UK livestock sector, was among the groups that welcomed and supported the strategy.

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RUMA Guidelines

RUMA Position Paper on Antibiotic Resistance and Antibiotic use in Livestock

This paper clarifies RUMA’s position on antibiotic resistance and how antibiotics can be responsibly used in UK livestock (September 2014)

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RUMA Position Statement on the Preventive Use of Antibiotic in Farm Animals

RUMA sets out definitions and a matrix review of antibiotic use in animals showing how antibiotics can be used responsibly in animals to cure, control and, in exceptional circumstances, prevent disease. (April 2013)

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RUMA comments on alleged link between the use of antibiotics in food producing animals and obesity in humans

RUMA sets out reasons for its conclusion that the suggestion, reported in UK press, that long term exposure to residues of antibiotics resulting from their administration 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 (September 2012)

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Antimicrobial Use in Veterinary Medicine – Paper for the European Commission

In response to the European Commission’s willingness to receive advice and comments on antimicrobial resistance, RUMA prepared and submitted the following paper (September 2012)

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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 Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) has been discovered in milk from dairy cows and in people. The findings have been published in the journal The Lancet. (June 2011)

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