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THE development of a 3Rs approach of ‘replace, reduce, refine’ could help drive the responsible use of antimicrobials in food-producing animals in a way that slows down the development of resistance in both people and animals, protects animal welfare and ensures the ability to produce safe and sustainable food.
This was one of the conclusions reached after a roundtable discussion held in May, involving vets, food scientists, farmers and representatives of the food and animal health industries. Organised jointly by the Food Animal Initiative (FAI), the sustainable farming research and development business, and the pharmaceutical company Ceva, the meeting aimed to explore ways to effectively and responsibly manage antimicrobial use in food production. A summary of the outcomes has recently been published.
Participants agreed that, while …
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