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A DECLINE in sales of antibiotics for use in food-producing animals in the UK in 2013 compared with 2012 can be regarded as positive, according to the Veterinary Medicines Directorate. However, it says, compared to reductions achieved by some other EU member states, the reduction seen in the UK is small.
The VMD published the ‘UK Veterinary Antibiotic Resistance and Sales Surveillance’ (UK-VARSS) report for 2013 on November 18. The report is the VMD's second combined antimicrobial resistance and sales report and covers sales data from 2009 to 2013 and resistance data from 2011 to 2013.
Summarising the findings, the VMD says that, overall, the trends observed in 2013 are in keeping with those reported in 2012. Sales of antibiotics for use in food-producing animals declined from 60 mg/PCU in 2012 to 56 mg/PCU in 2013. PCU stands for Population Correction Unit, the unit of measurement used in the EU to compare sales in relation to animal populations and demographics. However, the VMD says, the figure for 2013 was equal to the mean average sales figure for the past six years.
In terms of volumes sold, there was a 26 tonne reduction in sales of antibiotics …