Commenting on Science Minister David Willetts’ statement on antibiotics for the G8 Summit, esUMA Secretary General John FitzGerald said:
“The RUMA Alliance welcomes the Minister’s call for the G8 to regard the spread of antibiotic resistance as a global challenge and his comments on the need for responsible use of antibiotics in farming and human medicine.
“However, RUMA does not support a ban of all antibiotics in food production as this would be detrimental to animal health and welfare. All medicines on farm should be used as little as possible and as much as necessary. This means managing farms to minimise the risk of disease and using medicines only when required and then using them appropriately.
“Reducing dosages or the length of treatment simply to use less antibiotics to meet arbitrary reduction targets is not responsible use and would increase the risk of resistance.
“Antibiotic resistance is a complex issue and all groups need to work together to develop decisions based on sound science to manage the risks while allowing the optimum benefit to be gained from the use of antibiotics to treat humans and animals.
“We look forward to working with the government on this matter.”
NOTES FOR EDITORS
- RUMA is an alliance of organisations representing every stage of the “farm to fork” process which aims to promote a co-ordinated and integrated approach to best practice in the use of medicines on farm. A full list of RUMA members is at paragraph 3 below. For further information contact RUMA Secretary General John FitzGerald (email@example.com) or see the RUMA website www.ruma.org.uk
- David Willetts’ comments were reported in The Guardian and The Daily Telegraph and can be found athttp://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2013/jun/11/uk-urge-global-clampdown-antibiotics-g8 http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/healthnews/10115082/Antibiotics-given-to-farm-animals-could-pose-super-bug-risk-minister-admits.html
- RUMA’s members are:
- Agricultural Industries Confederation
- Animal Health Distributors Association
- Animal Medicines Training Regulatory Authority
- BPEX and EBLEX
- British Egg Industry Council
- British Poultry Council
- British Retail Consortium
- British Veterinary Association
- City and Guilds
- Dairy UK
- Game Farmers’ Association
- National Beef Association
- National Farmers’ Union
- National Office of Animal Health
- National Pig Association
- National Sheep Association
- NFU Scotland
- Red Tractor Assurance
- Royal Association of British Dairy Farmers
- Royal Pharmaceutical Society
- Food Standards Agency
- Veterinary Medicines Directorate