News Scan for May 15, 2019
British veterinarian group updates policy on antimicrobials in food-animals
"The British Veterinary Association (BVA) has issued an updated policy position on responsible antimicrobial use in food-producing animals.
Citing a need for a collaborative One Health approach to the issue of antimicrobial resistance, the updated policy proposes 15 overarching recommendations for veterinarians, farmers, and policy makers on antimicrobial stewardship in food-animal production. It recommends that veterinarians carefully consider their use of antimicrobials in food animals, pay attention to the risk of resistance, and restrict the use of critically important antibiotics (as defined by the European Medicines Agency) to last-resort scenarios, while also urging that critically important antimicrobials be kept as a treatment option, in the interest of animal welfare. ..."