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THE Responsible Use of Medicines in Agriculture (RUMA) Alliance has expressed concern about how the multiagency approach to antimicrobial resistance (AMR) advocated in the Government's recent response to the O'Neill review of AMR will work in practice. The alliance is also concerned about whether the farming industry will be able to access the capital investment needed to create a greater step change in antibiotic use.
The Government published its response to the AMR review on September 16 (VR, September 24, 2016, vol 179, pp 290, 291-292). Its response included a commitment to reducing antibiotic use in livestock and fish to a multispecies average of 50 mg per kg.
Welcoming the headline requirements for farming, RUMA …